Charlotte Relocation Guide

VOL2 ISS2 2018

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CHARLOTTE | VOLUME 2 — ISSUE 2 76 EDUCATION Education BY LAUREL HYATT Located in the center of the nation's 18th-largest urban area, Charlotte is the focal point of more than 7.1 million people residing within 100 miles of the city's center. Taking a close look at educational opportunities available in the area, it's easy to see why Charlotte has become one of the fastest-growing metro areas in the country. Quality educational resources lead to quality educated students, informed citizens, and aggressive, energetic businesspeople. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) serves more than 146,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade within 170 schools throughout Mecklenburg County. Each day, CMS students are prepared to be leaders in a technologically savvy and globally competitive world. CMS is proud of its diversity with students from over 160 different countries and various cultural and ethnic backgrounds. CMS offers an extensive range of magnet programs in 37 of its schools to nurture the talents of students who have interest and ability in specific areas and also educates, supports, and meets the needs of students with learning and physical disabilities. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools as a whole has received widespread national recognition for its academic excellence and innovation including being a past district winner of the Broad Prize for Urban Education, awarded by the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation. The Broad Prize awards $550,000 in scholarship money and is the largest such prize in the nation. The award is given to a school district that is simultaneously raising achievement and narrowing achievement gaps. The CMS district's graduation rate has improved consistently during the past couple of decades now approaching the 90% mark (4-year cohort graduation rate 89.4% during the 2017-18 academic year). For students in the Career and Technical Education programs, the cohort graduation rate has exceeded 95% in past years. Twenty-two of the CMS's magnet schools have been recognized for excellence and distinction by the national Magnet Schools of America. On the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), often called the nation's report card, Charlotte- Mecklenburg Schools has consistently been a top performer. CMS is a partner in 100Kin10, a multi-sector network to fuel the next generation of innovators. This national initiative seeks to recruit, prepare and retain 100,000 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) teachers by 2021. The district's International Baccalaureate program is globally recognized for its academic rigor and excellence. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has 19 programs at 15 schools -- more than any other district in North Carolina. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is also ranked fourth in the nation in the number of National Board-certified teachers, with 1,995 teachers. As one of the largest employers in Mecklenburg County with more than 19,000 teachers, support staff, and administrators, CMS is also fortunate to have tremendous support from Charlotte's corporate, faith, and business communities that translates to not only financial incentives but more than 90,000 mentors and volunteers that support learning and instruction on varied campuses. The Charlotte/Mecklenburg area is equally rich with quality private schools. Niche website analyzes dozens of public data sets and millions of reviews to produce comprehensive rankings, report cards, and profiles for every K-12 school and recently released their 2019 list of the Top 10 Private High Schools in the Charlotte Metro Area. They included: Charlotte Country Day School, Charlotte Latin School, Providence Day School, Gaston Day School (Gastonia), Cannon School (Concord), Woodlawn School (Mooresville), Charlotte Christian School, Covenant Day School (Matthews), Charlotte Catholic High School, and Davidson Day School (Davidson). About 20 miles Northeast of Uptown Charlotte by I-85, Cabarrus County Schools (CCS) has been educating students for nearly 100 years. The school system currently educates 32,000 students – making it among the largest districts in North Carolina and is one of the largest employers in Cabarrus County. A CCS calendar high point was the recent dedication ceremony held in late August of urban, global, diverse

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