Charlotte Relocation Guide

VOL1ISS1 2017

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VOLUME 10—ISSUE 1 43 THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CHARLOTTE | VOLUME 1 — ISSUE 1 EDUCATION Board-certified teachers, with 1,995 teachers who have earned the prestigious certification. CMS is one of the largest employers in Mecklenburg County with more than 18,000 teachers, support staff and administrators and is fortunate to have tremendous support from Charlotte's corporate, faith and business communities with more than 90,000 mentors and volunteers that support learning and instruction in classrooms. As far as private schools, the Charlotte/ Mecklenburg area is equally blessed. Recently, Niche, a website that analyzes dozens of public data sets and millions of reviews to produce comprehensive rankings, report cards, and profiles for every K-12 school, college, and neighborhood in the U.S., released their 2017 list of the Top 10 Private High Schools in the Charlotte Metro Area. They included: Charlotte Latin School, Providence Day School, Charlotte Country Day School, Cannon School (Concord), Woodlawn School (Mooresville), Davidson Day School (Davidson), Gaston Day School (Gastonia), Charlotte Christian School, Covenant Classical School (Concord) and Covenant Day School (Matthews). Travel just about 20 miles Northeast of Uptown Charlotte by I-85 and you'll find yourself in Cabarrus County where more than 170,000 people live. Concord, the county seat, is one of the state's fastest-growing cities, with a population of 71,000. Cabarrus County Schools (CCS) have been educating students for nearly 100 years. The school system currently educates over 30,000 students in 41 schools – making it among the largest in North Carolina and one of the largest employers in Cabarrus County. To the west is Gaston County School System (GCSS), the ninth largest in the state with more than 32,000 students (pre-kindergarten through high school). GCSS is the second largest employer in Gaston County with more than 3,700 full-time and part-time employees, including 1,950 classroom teachers. Gaston County Schools is fully accredited by AdvancED and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools as a quality school system. Each school is also fully accredited. More than 206,000 people live in Gaston County, with 69,000 in its largest city, Gastonia. To the north of Charlotte, with more than 20,000 students, Iredell-Statesville Schools ranks among the 20 largest school districts in North Carolina. Student performance continues to improve, placing Iredell-Statesville Schools among the top 25% of school districts in the state. In fact, SAT scores, graduation rate, and writing scores are among the best in North Carolina. In addition to traditional school settings, the district provides a wide range of exciting educational opportunities through choice programs specifically designed for unique student needs. Southeast of Charlotte, agriculture and manufacturing are important industries in the state's fastest growing county, Union County. Monroe is home to more than 40,000 of the county's 200,000 residents, while Weddington has become a prosperous suburb of Charlotte. Union County Public Schools is the sixth largest school system in the state, with 53-fully accredited schools and about 40,500 students. Though not in North Carolina both Lancaster County and York County, South Carolina are also an easy commute from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region. These neighboring counties have a great deal to offer from the standpoint of both public and private education. After high school (and in the case of some students who are cross-registered) during their high school years, educational preparation for the 'real world' is equally unsurpassed in the region. Two-year specialty and community colleges and four-year colleges and universities within access to the Queen City are exemplary. In fact, four of Zippia's North Carolina Top Ten Small Colleges in North Carolina hail from the Charlotte Metro area or within an easy commute. (Zippia, Inc. operates a Website that provides career information and tools for professionals across various industries). In its rankings, Zippia uses data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and the College Scorecard to critically judge several aspects of each college, including: career earnings after six and ten years, admissions rate, ratio of people working to not working after 10 years and the average cost of attendance. When all was said and done, Cabarrus College of Health Sciences (CCoHS) was ranked as the top Small College in North Carolina. CCoHS earned the #1 spot by having graduates earn the second highest salaries in the state for all small colleges, as well as having a 31 percent admission rate and the third lowest cost. CCoHS is located on the campus of Carolinas HealthCare System NorthEast in Concord, the leading tertiary care center in the north Charlotte region. Small classes with a student-focused learning environment and mentoring from exceptional faculty is coupled with real world experience at CCoHS. Cabarrus offers master bachelor and associate degrees as well as diplomas, certificates, and continuing education on a non-residential campus and through distance education. Joining Cabarrus in Zippia's Top Ten Small Colleges of North Carolina is Davidson College located north of Charlotte in the town of Davidson and ranked among America's strongest and most selective liberal arts colleges. Davidson is alma mater to 23 Rhodes scholars, was the first liberal arts college to eliminate loans from financial aid packages, and has a student-teacher ratio of 10:1. Davidson offers 26 majors, 17 minors, plus Interdisciplinary Studies. Catawba College (CC), located about 45 minutes from the greater Charlotte area, rounded out the area schools in Zippia's Top Ten Small College of NC list. CC is a private, coeducational, residential, institution with >>

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