Charlotte Relocation Guide

VOL2 ISS1 2018

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CHARLOTTE | VOLUME 2 — ISSUE 1 64 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. Travel just about 20 miles Northeast of Uptown Charlotte by I-85 and you'll find yourself in Cabarrus County. 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). 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. To the north of Charlotte, 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, in 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. In higher education, 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. 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. 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 a 13:1 student/ faculty ratio. Catawba offers career preparation grounded in liberal arts with over 70 academic fields of study including strong science and pre-professional programs. Of course, Charlotte may be best known as home to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) - a public research university with three campuses: Charlotte Research Institute Campus, Center City Campus, and the main campus located in University City, about 8 miles from Uptown Charlotte. Additional excellent colleges and universities within a 20-mile radius of the Queen City include Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU), Wingate University, Queens University, Belmont Abbey College, Central Piedmont Community College, Gaston College, and York Technical College. [] urban, global, diverse

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