Charlotte’s Schools: What You Need to Know


Charlotte’s public schools are less than a week away from opening their doors for the 2013-2014 school year – is your family ready?

Most CMS schools are slated to begin the year on Monday, August 26th although dates vary throughout the city for private schools, magnet schools, and charter schools. Here are a few fun facts you may not know about the Charlotte Mecklenburg school district:

  • CMS is the 2nd largest district in NC and the 18th largest in the US
  • There are over 140,000 students enrolled in CMS schools
  • CMS schools welcomed a new superintendent (Dr. Heath Morrison) in 2012
  • There are 159 different schools in the CMS system
  • Over 160 countries are represented by students enrolled within CMS



If you have a child enrolled within the CMS school system, click here to find an official, detailed back to school shopping list for the new year.


Charlotte’s schools are known for being above-average in relation to other national school districts. Several of the city’s public high schools including Providence High School and Ardrey Kell High School consistently rank among the state’s best. Nearby districts in Union County and Cabbarus county also have stellar public school reputations.

There is also a flourishing private school community within Mecklenburg County. Charlotte’s largest private schools include Providence Day School, Charlotte Latin, and Charlotte Country Day School. There are over a dozen charter schools within Charlotte as well.

The best thing about Charlotte’s abundance of schools is that parents here have options! When buying a home in Charlotte it’s important to consider both the school district the neighborhood is located in and other school options nearby. On the Move Charlotte is familiar with CMS districts as well as Charlotte’s private school systems.

Leigh Bryant Family


If you are considering a move within Charlotte or you’d just like to know more about your real estate options within a certain school district, contact On the Move Charlotte today. Our team wishes your family a happy, healthy school year!

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