CMS Options Fair This Saturday

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Start of the year also means enrollment time for the upcoming school year. Private school and TK enrollment at many schools is underway.

For parents of Charlotte-Mecklenburg School students who met the early enrollment deadline back in December that are interested in a magnet program, it’s time to apply for the first lottery for magnet programs. The online application period for the first lottery opens Saturday, Jan. 11 and ends at 10pm on Tuesday, Feb. 11.

CMS is hosting its new Options Fair on Saturday, Jan. 11, from 9am-1pm at Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology, 1430 Alleghany St. This is the first year the fair, previously known as the magnet fair, will feature three program choices: magnets, career and technical education (CTE) and cooperative innovative high schools.

CMS currently has 37 magnet schools and nine magnet programs, which include International Baccalaureate, Learning Immersion, Montessori, Traditional, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), World Languages and Visual and Performing Arts. Beginning in the 2014-15 school year, CMS will offer a full county-wide health science magnet at Hawthorne High School, a Montessori magnet at Long Creek Elementary, an early college program at UNC Charlotte and several other options for students.

Representatives from each school option and student assignment staff will be available at the fair to answer questions about instruction, transportation, the application process and enrollment. You can also register online for school options at the fair.

All currently enrolled CMS students and future CMS students who were enrolled by the Dec. 6 early enrollment deadline, should receive a letter this week with a special pin for their child. This PIN allows access to the online Magnet Lottery Application that will be posted Saturday, Jan. 11, on the CMS website.

For more information about CMS school options, call the Smith Family Center at 980-343-5030.