Charlotte Relocation Guide

VOL1ISS1 2017

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CHARLOTTE | VOLUME 1 — ISSUE 1 42 EDUCATION Education BY LAUREL HYATT If you've explored the possibility of relocating to Charlotte, North Carolina, you probably already know that Charlotte is the center of the nation's 18th-largest urban area, with more than 7.1 million people residing within 100 miles of the city's center. As Charlotte has grown and prospered, so have the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS). Nationally recognized, this county-wide school district daily serves more than 147,000 students in grades Pre-K through 12. Educators, staff and students have earned CMS widespread acclaim as one of America's best school districts, guiding all students to become globally competitive. In fact, this past February, CMS became one of the first two districts in the state to receive the Global-Ready District designation by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI).The designation is based on 10 attributes identified by DPI as essential for effective global education. Districts which apply for the designation must complete a rigorous, comprehensive report on how they meet the global standards. "We are very proud to be a Global-Ready District," said Superintendent Ann Clark. "This designation recognizes our longstanding commitment to preparing our students for success in a diverse, globally linked workplace and world. That commitment is expressed in our curriculum and focus on teaching world languages, cultural knowledge and sensitivity, and how to succeed in a 21st-century workplace." The designation follows earlier recognitions of global readiness of individual schools. Piedmont IB Middle was the first Global Ready School in the state and East Mecklenburg High was the first Global Ready High School. CMS is proud of its diverse mix of students who represent 160 different countries and various cultural and ethnic backgrounds speaking as many as 187 different native languages within its 170 schools. 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, 17 of which have been recognized by Magnet Schools of America (MSA), the national association for specialized programs. The awards are given to schools that show a strong commitment to academic standards, demonstrate curriculum innovation and have diversity in enrollment. The association's top honor is the Magnet School of Excellence Award. Nine CMS schools received it. Eight additional schools were identified as a Magnet School of Distinction. The nine CMS schools recognized as a Magnet School of Excellence were E.E. Waddell Language Academy, East Mecklenburg High, Elizabeth Traditional Elementary, Idlewild Elementary, J.M. Alexander Middle, Legette Blythe Elementary, Palisades Park Elementary, Shamrock Gardens Elementary and Tuckaseegee Elementary. The eight schools recognized as a Magnet School of Distinction were Albemarle Road Middle, Collinswood Language Academy, First Ward Creative Arts Academy, Highland Mill Montessori, Huntingtowne Farms Elementary, Irwin Academic Center, John Motley Morehead STEM Academy and Oaklawn Language Academy. The awards were formally presented at the Magnet Schools of America conference in Los Angeles at the end of April. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools consistently produces large numbers of students who earn invitations to the North Carolina Governor's School, the nation's oldest statewide summer residential program for academically gifted students. CMS also 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 system's International Baccalaureate program is globally recognized for its academic rigor and excellence. CMS 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 urban, global, diverse

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