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Charlotte Area School Information

Charlotte NC Schools  (and sounding area)  - Here in The Queen City, 
you will find an abundance of educational opportunities including public,
private, parochial, and charter schools.

One of the first things you will notice as a Charlotte newcomer is the
massive growth that has taken place through-out the city. You will see lots
of new construction and expansion projects under way as well as classroom trailers scattered about. 
Several new schools have opened and there are more on the horizon.

Public Schools      /      Charter Schools      /      Private Schools      /      Colleges      /      Libraries

Locate your Child's School by Address (CMS only)

NC School Report Cards - (www.ncreportcards.org)      /      SC School Report Cards - Search a School

The largest public school system in the Carolinas is the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS). 
The CMS webite is very informative and can answer most of your questions on school assignment,
boundary options, programs, test scores, profiles, etc.  The website can be found at www.cms.k12.nc.us  Their link to Student assingment boundary maps can be found here. You may also want to check
out the "Pre-Kindergarten Services" or "Magnet School" programs.

Charter schools are another education option in the Charlotte region. They are independently
operated public schools designed to serve as laboratories for innovation in education. Created and
run by parents, teachers and/or community leaders, charter schools receive the same per-pupil
funding as other public schools. However, they can spend the money and operate with fewer
restrictions and government rules.
There are nine Charter Schools in Mecklenburg County, two in Gaston County, three in Iredell County,
one in Union County, two in York County and one in Cabarrus County. See list above!

For more information on NC public schools, check the state Department of Public Instructor's
Website (www.ncpublicschools.org) or call the department at 919-807-3300.

For more information on SC public schools, visit the state Department of Education's Web site, https://ed.sc.gov/ or call public information at 803-734-8815.

The Charlotte Region also has a wealth of independent secular and religious private schools. Some 
large, well-established schools have huge campuses; others are small and new. You'll find a range of educational offerings, including innovative programs, special classes for students with learning
disabilities, religious training and character-building. Because each private school has its own distinct philosophy and approach to learning, you'll want to research schools, talk to parents and take a tour.
See list above!

Public School Entrance Requirements

North Carolina
A child entering kindergarten must be 5 years old on or before Aug 31st.

A child entering the first grade must be 6 years old on or before the same date.

A copy of the child’s birth certificate and proof of residency must be taken to the school in order to register the child.

The following basic immunizations are required by state law:
• DTP - 4 or more doses (the last must be on or after the 4th birthday.)
• Polio - 3 or more doses (the last must be on or after the 4th birthday.)
• Measles - one on or after the 1st birthday, a second 30 days or more after the 1st.
• Mumps - one dose on or after the 1st birthday.
• Rubella - one dose on or after the 1st birthday.
• Hepatitis B - 3 doses for children born after 7/1/94, none required for older children.
• Hib - 4 doses

A certificate of immunization must include the following:
• Name and birth date of child
• Name of the parent(s) or guardian
• Address of the parent(s) or guardian
• Sex of the child

South Carolina
S.C. law requires that children between ages 5 and 17 enroll in school. Schools operate for 180 days each year.

S.C. law requires that all children to be enrolled in kindergarten and first grade present a birth certificate issued by the state of birth and be 6 years of age by Sept. 1 of the current school year. An exception is made for children who have completed first grade in another state that has a different age requirement. To enter kindergarten, children must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1.

All children entering S.C. schools for the first time must be immunized prior to enrolling and obtain an S.C. Certificate of Immunization form. Certificates may be obtained from the S.C. Health Department or other sources of medical care.

South Carolina requires the following immunizations: measles, rubella, DPT (diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus) and polio.


Colleges & Universities

One of the universities in the highly praised UNC system, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte offers numerous opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students seeking a higher education. UNCC enrolls about 21,000 students, a number that is growing by about 4 percent each year. Located in the northeast section of Charlotte, UNCC also offers classes at its Uptown campus in the Mint Museum of Craft + Design, mostly to appeal to M.B.A. students working in the Center City. Plans are in place to construct a five-story classroom building in Uptown’s First Ward within the next few years. The 100,000-square-foot facility will offer classes in business, social services, architecture and the humanities.

Founded in 1857 as the Charlotte Female Institute in downtown Charlotte, Queens University moved to the scenic Myers Park area in 1912 and adopted its name in honor of the British Queen, Charlotte of Mecklenburg. A private, Presbyterian institution, Queens University has an internship program that is ranked as one of the top 10 in the country by U.S. News and World Report, and over 90 percent of Queens students study abroad. The McColl School of Business was established in 1993 to strengthen degree programs in accounting and business administration. Queens attained university status in 2002.

Johnson C. Smith University was founded in 1867 and has maintained its reputation as an institution focused on morals and ethics, due to its Christian roots. Historically African-American, J.C. Smith encourages self-confidence and diversity in its students as well as an awareness of their heritage. The university is also sponsored by the IBM Laptop Initiative as the first historically black college to offer laptops for each of its 1,500 students. Black Issues in High Education ranked JCSU 37th in the nation for awarded computer science degrees to African-American students and 45th in the nation for English degrees – higher than any other private college in the Carolinas.

The highly selective and nationally recognized Davidson College is located about 20 minutes north of Charlotte. Offering a small-town atmosphere near beautiful Lake Norman, Davidson is able to provide its 1,600 students with a student/faculty ratio of 10 to 1.

Located about 20 minutes south of Charlotte in Rock Hill, S.C., is Winthrop University. In 2007, the school was ranked among the top 10 colleges in the South by U.S. News and World Report – the 15th time Winthrop has received this distinction. With around 6,200 students, Winthrop offers 37 undergraduate and 25 graduate programs with more than 100 courses of study.

As the largest community college in North Carolina, Central Piedmont Community College serves about 70,000 students through its multi-campus system. In addition to numerous associate’s degrees, CPCC offers educational opportunities for those who intend to transfer to a four-year school as well as those who seek knowledge for their own personal fulfillment.

One of the 35 art institutes associated with The Art Institutes International, Inc., The Art Institute of Charlotte offers bachelor’s degees, associate’s degrees and certificate programs in Interior Design, Culinary Arts, Fashion Marketing, Graphic Design, and Multimedia and Web Design.

In 2004, Johnson & Wales University opened in Charlotte as a consolidation of its Norfolk and Charleston campuses. Calling itself “America’s Career University,” Johnson & Wales offers over 50 degree programs in business, hospitality, culinary arts and technology. About 2,500 students are enrolled in its fourth year and the school boasts a 98 percent employment rate for its graduates. Johnson & Wales offers a three-term school year and the opportunity to earn both associate’s and baccalaureate degrees in four years. Johnson & Wales’ academic center and residence hall are located in the heart of Gateway Village in Uptown’s Third Ward.

The Charlotte School of Law opened in 2006 on Morehead Street in Dilworth. The school seeks to provide a student-centered learning environment. The school plans to construct a 102,000-square-foot academic building at Bryant Park that is slated to open in August 2008.

List of all schools within 30 miles of Charlotte listed above!