CMS is taking applications for 2018-19 magnet seats at www.cmschoice.org.
CMS is taking applications for 2018-19 magnet seats at www.cmschoice.org.

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It’s time to make 2018 CMS choices. Here’s what’s changing – or not – at each school.

By Ann Doss Helms

ahelms@charlotteobserver.com

May 28, 2017 11:56 AM

UPDATED November 16, 2017 11:26 AM

It’s time for families to make decisions about where their kids will go to school in 2018-19, and that means keeping track of a raft of changes the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board approved over the past year.

The first round of magnet school applications are due by Dec. 18, about two months earlier than usual. And first-time Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students need to enroll by Dec. 1 if they want to take part in that lottery. There will be more chances in 2018, but seats in the most popular schools tend to be claimed during the first round.

The coming school year is when three new schools open, boundaries change for several neighborhood schools and magnet programs are moved and added at a number of sites. That means you’ll want to be up to speed to make informed decisions.

The 2018 “options lottery” includes priorities based on socioeconomic status, as well as an extra priority for students seeking to leave consistently low-performing schools.

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Here’s a school-by-school list of which schools are changing and which are not. I hope it’s helpful, but let me caution folks: Before you make life-changing decisions, such as writing a private school check or buying a home, please double- and triple-check original sources. Read the motions approved on May 24 here, see the CMS school list here and use this link for additional information. If you still have questions contact the student placement department at 980-343-5335 or student.placement@cms.k12.nc.us.

Also note: The magnet plan approved in November 2016 includes four years of changes. I’ve only included the most immediate ones. With Superintendent Clayton Wilcox starting in July and three new board members taking office in December, it will fall to the new leadership team to decide how future years play out.

For simplicity in alphabetizing, schools named after people are listed by last name, except in the case of the potentially confusing Alexander schools (Alexander Graham, J.M. Alexander and Nathaniel Alexander). The three new schools opening in August are listed after the existing ones.

Albemarle Road Elementary: Loses some students to the K-8 school at the Eastland Mall site opening in 2018 (see map).

Albemarle Road Middle: Loses some students to the K-8 school at the Eastland Mall site opening in 2018 (see map).

Alexander Graham Middle: Beginning with sixth-graders in 2019, students from the Dilworth and Eastover elementary zone move from Alexander Graham to Sedgefield Middle, while students in the Montclaire and Pinewood elementary zones move from Sedgefield to Alexander Graham.

Allenbrook Elementary: In 2018 some students move to Westerly Hills (see map). The middle school feed for Allenbrook becomes Ranson instead of Whitewater. Students in this zone are eligible for priority choosing other schools based on three consecutive years of low performance on state exams.

Ardrey Kell High: In 2018, picks up some South Meck students who live in the Endhaven Elementary zone (see map).

Ashley Park: In 2018, the elementary students who live in the Wesley Heights neighborhood move to Bruns Elementary and Ranson Middle (see map). Another part of the zone, inside the I-277 loop, moves to a new First Ward Arts zone (see map).

Bailey Middle: No change.

Bain Elementary: No change.

Ballantyne Elementary: No change.

Barnette Elementary: No change.

Barringer Elementary: No change.

Berewick Elementary: No change.

Berry Academy of Technology: No change.

Berryhill School: No change.

Beverly Woods Elementary: No change.

Billingsville Elementary: Will be paired with Cotswold Elementary (see map), with students in the combined zone attending Billingsville for K-2 and Cotswold for 3-5. Both will offer a pre-International Baccalaureate magnet program and all students will take part.

Blythe Elementary: In 2018 the part of the zone west of I-77 moves to Torrence Creek Elementary (see map). Part of the Winding Springs zone moves to Blythe (see map).

Bradley Middle: No changes to boundaries, but the proposed Hough/Hopewell change in 2018 (see map) means students will no longer split to two high schools.

Briarwood Elementary: No change.

Bruns Academy: In 2018 the preK-8 school is slated to become an elementary school, with middle school students moving to Ranson Middle (see map). Some elementary students move to a new University Park Elementary zone (see map). Bruns picks up students from the Wesley Heights neighborhood, currently assigned to Ashley Park (see map). A magnet program will be added, with the theme to be determined.

Butler High: Picks up a few East Meck students who live within the town of Matthews in 2018 (see map).

Byers School: Loses some students to the new Villa Heights Elementary (see map) and Eastway Middle (see map) in 2018. The countywide health and medical careers magnet, which opened in 2017 with grades K-2, adds grades 6-7 in 2018. Students in this zone are eligible for priority choosing other schools based on three consecutive years of low performance on state exams.

Carmel Middle: Picks up some Sedgefield Middle students from the Huntingtowne Farms Elementary zone (see map).

Cato Middle College High: No change.

Chantilly Montessori: No change.

Charlotte Engineering Early College at UNCC: No change.

Charlotte Teacher Early College at UNCC: Adds 10th grade.

Clear Creek Elementary: No change.

Cochrane Collegiate Academy: Cochrane middle school picks up some students from the Orr Elementary zone, currently zoned for Eastway Middle (see map). Students in this zone are eligible for priority choosing other schools based on three consecutive years of low performance on state exams. No change to iMeck high school magnet.

Collinswood Language Academy: Starting in 2018, when a new Spanish-English magnet opens at the Eastland Mall site, students in the green transportation zone will no longer be eligible for transportation to Collinswood.

Community House Middle: Loses some students from the Pineville Elementary zone to Quail Hollow (see map).

Cornelius Elementary: Picks up students from Washam Elementary in 2018, filling seats at Cornelius (see map).

Cotswold Elementary: In 2018, will be paired with Billingsville Elementary, with students in the combined zone attending Billingsville for K-2 and Cotswold for 3-5 (see map). Both will offer a pre-International Baccalaureate magnet program and all students will take part.

Crestdale Middle: Picks up a few McClintock Middle students who live within the town of Matthews. A 200-seat arts magnet will be added.

Coulwood STEM Academy: No change.

Cox Road Elementary: Picks up part of the Nathaniel Alexander zone in 2018 (see map).

Croft Community School: No change to the school, but the middle school feed for part of the zone changes from J.M. Alexander to Ridge Road in 2018 (see map).

Crown Point Elementary: No change.

Davidson Elementary: No change.

Davis IB: In 2018 Davis is slated to add neighborhood students from a zone created from parts of the Sedgefield elementary and middle school zones (see map), with Myers Park as the high school feed. The neighborhood students will also take part in the IB curriculum.

Devonshire Elementary: No change.

Dilworth Elementary: Will be paired with Sedgefield Elementary in 2018, with the two zones merged (see map). K-2 students attend Sedgefield and 3-5 students Dilworth, which will now be called Dilworth Elementary: Latta Campus. Feed is to Sedgefield Middle and Myers Park High. The part of the Dilworth zone inside the I-277 loop moves to a new First Ward Arts zone in 2018. Beginning with sixth-graders in 2019, the middle school feed for Dilworth changes from Alexander Graham to Sedgefield.

Residents of the Dilworth Elementary zone drafted alternate plans that Superintendent Ann Clark said improved the proposal.
Jeff Siner jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

Druid Hills Academy: In 2018 some elementary students move to a new University Park Elementary zone (see map) and Ranson Middle School. Others move to Highland Renaissance Elementary and Martin Luther King Middle (see map). Students in this zone are eligible for priority choosing other schools based on three consecutive years of low performance on state exams.

East Mecklenburg High: In 2018 loses some students from the Oakhurst Elementary zone to Garinger (see map) and a few who live within Matthews town boundaries to Butler (see map).

Eastover Elementary: No changes to the school, but beginning with sixth-graders in 2019, the middle school feed changes from Alexander Graham to Sedgefield.

Eastway Middle: Loses some students to the K-8 school at the Eastland Mall site opening in 2018. Also in 2018 Eastway loses some from the Orr Elementary zone to Cochrane Collegiate Academy (see map) and picks up some from Byers School (see map) and Martin Luther King Middle (see map). A 100-seat leadership and environmental STEM magnet will be added, starting with sixth- and seventh-graders in 2018, and will become the continuation school for Elizabeth Traditional Elementary. All Eastway students will feed to Garinger High. Students in this zone are eligible for priority choosing other schools based on three consecutive years of low performance on state exams.

eLearning Academy: Will move to an undetermined location in 2018.

Elizabeth Lane Elementary: No change.

Elizabeth Traditional Elementary: No change to the school, but a new partial magnet at Eastway Middle becomes the new feed, starting with sixth and seventh grades in 2018.

Elon Park Elementary: No change.

Endhaven Elementary: No change to the school, but the high school feed for part of the zone changes from South Meck to Ardrey Kell in 2018 (see map).

First Ward Arts: In 2018 the full-magnet elementary school becomes a partial arts magnet, with a new neighborhood zone created from parts of the Ashley Park and Dilworth zones (see map). All students participate in the arts theme. Neighborhood students feed to Sedgefield Middle and Myers Park High.

Garinger High: In 2018 loses some students to Independence High. Picks up some from the Oakhurst Elementary zone, currently zoned for Myers Park and East Meck. Picks up some from West Charlotte. See Garinger maps here and here.

Grand Oak Elementary: No change to boundaries, but the high school feed for this zone shifts from Hough to Hopewell in 2018 (see map).

Greenway Park Elementary: In 2018 a few students who live within the Matthews town limit move to Matthews Elementary (see map). An arts and science magnet program will be added in 2018, with a feed to Crestdale Middle’s arts magnet.

Grier Academy: No change.

Gunn Elementary: No change.

Harding High: In 2018 picks up some students from the Allenbrook Elementary zone, currently zoned for West Charlotte (see map). Loses some from the Huntingtowne Farms zone to South Meck (see map) and from the Montclaire zone and part of the Pinewood zone to Myers Park.

Harding Institute of Technology expands to include a countywide coding and software engneering magnet, starting with ninth-graders in 2018. Starting in 2018 the IB magnet goes from countywide to serve the blue transportation zone.

Harper Middle College High: No change.

Hawk Ridge Elementary: No change.

Hawthorne High: No change.

Hickory Grove Elementary: No change.

Hidden Valley Elementary: No change.

Highland Creek Elementary: No change.

Highland Mill Montessori: No change.

Highland Renaissance Elementary: Loses some students to the new Villa Heights Elementary (see map) and picks up some from Druid Hills Academy (see map) in 2018.

Hopewell High: In 2018 students in the Grand Oak Elementary zone and part of the Torrence Creek Elementary zone move from Hough to Hopewell (see map). Fills seats at Hopewell.

Hornets Nest Elementary: No change.

Huntersville Elementary: No change.

Hough High: In 2018 students in the Grand Oak Elementary zone and part of the Torrence Creek Elementary zone move from Hough to Hopewell (see map). Reduces crowding at Hough.

Huntingtowne Farms Elementary: No changes to the school, but in 2018 the feed for part of the zone changes from Sedgefield Middle and Harding High to Carmel Middle and South Meck High (see map).

Idlewild Elementary: No change.

Independence High: Picks up some Garinger students from areas that are assigned to the new K-8 school at the Eastland Mall site in 2018.

Irwin Academic Center: No change.

J.M. Alexander Middle: In 2018 some students from the Winding Springs Elementary zone, now zoned for Ranson, move to Alexander (see map). Some students from the Croft Elementary zone move to Ridge Road Middle, which means all Alexander students now feed to North Meck High.

Kennedy Middle: No change.

King Middle: Loses some students from the Highland Renaissance zone to Eastway Middle, picks up some from the Druid Hills zone (see map). Students in this zone are eligible for priority choosing other schools based on three consecutive years of low performance on state exams.

Lake Wylie Elementary: Picks up some students from Steele Creek Elementary in 2018 (see map).

Lansdowne Elementary: No change.

Lebanon Road Elementary: No change.

Levine Middle College High: No change.

Long Creek Elementary: Adds a 220-seat arts magnet in 2018.

Mallard Creek Elementary: No change.

Mallard Creek High: In 2018 picks up some students from the Nathaniel Alexander Elementary zone, currently zoned for Vance (see map). Students from the Stoney Creek Elementary zone move to Vance.

Martin Middle: Loses some students from the Nathaniel Alexander Elementary zone to Ridge Road Middle (see map), and some from the Winding Springs zone to J.M. Alexander Middle. Students in this zone are eligible for priority choosing other schools based on three consecutive years of low performance on state exams.

Matthews Elementary: Picks up a few Greenway Park students who live within Matthews town boundaries in 2018 (see map).

McAlpine Elementary: No change.

McClintock Middle: In 2018 a few students who live within Matthews town boundaries move to Crestdale Middle (see map). Students in this zone are eligible for priority choosing other schools based on three consecutive years of low performance on state exams.

McKee Road Elementary: No change.

Merancas Middle College High: No change.

Merry Oaks Elementary: No change.

Mint Hill Middle: No change.

Montclaire Elementary: No change to the school, but beginning with sixth-graders in 2019 the middle school feed switches from Sedgefield to Alexander Graham. The high school for this zone switches from Harding to Myers Park in 2018.

Morehead STEM Academy: In 2018 the full-magnet K-8 school will be paired with next-door Nathaniel Alexander Elementary, with both schools offering magnet seats and serving students from the Nathaniel Alexander zone. The combined school will be called Governors Village STEM Academy. The grade levels served at each building have not been determined.

Families from Morehead STEM Academy protested proposed changes to the K-8 magnet school.
Jeff Siner jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

Mountain Island Lake Academy: No change.

Myers Park High: In 2018 picks up some students from the Ashley Park zone, currently zoned for West Charlotte High (see map); from the Dilworth Elementary zone (see map); and from the Pinewood zone, currently zoned for Harding (see map). Loses some from the Oakhurst Elementary zone to Garinger (see map).

Myers Park Traditional Elementary: No changes to the school, but a new partial magnet at Quail Hollow Middle provides a new feed, starting with sixth and seventh grades in 2018.

Nathaniel Alexander Elementary: In 2018 the neighborhood school becomes a partial STEM magnet, paired with next-door Morehead, which is a K-8 magnet. The combined school will be called Governors Village STEM Academy. Grade levels served at each school remain to be determined. Part of the zone also moves to Cox Road Elementary, with feed changing to Ridge Road Middle and Mallard Creek High (see map).

Nations Ford Elementary: No change.

Newell Elementary: Students in this zone are eligible for priority choosing other schools based on three consecutive years of low performance on state exams.

North Mecklenburg High: No change.

Northeast Middle: Adds a computer science and coding magnet, starting with sixth-graders in 2018. Students in this zone are eligible for priority choosing other schools based on three consecutive years of low performance on state exams.

Northridge Middle: Adds a computer science and coding magnet, starting with sixth- and seventh-graders in 2018.

Northwest School of the Arts: No change, but plans to open a middle school arts magnet at Crestdale in 2018 could reduce enrollment in grades 6-8, allowing for expansion of high school magnet seats.

Oakdale Elementary: No change to the school but the high school feed changes for part of the zone (see map).

Oakhurst STEAM Academy: No change to the school but in 2018 the high school feed for students in this zone who are currently assigned to East Meck or Myers Park switches to Garinger (see map).

Oaklawn Language Academy: No change.

Olde Providence Elementary: No change.

Olympic High: No change.

Orr Elementary: No change to the school but in 2018 the middle school feed changes from Eastway to Cochrane for part of the zone (see map).

Palisades Park Elementary: No change.

Park Road Montessori: No change.

Parkside Elementary: No change.

Paw Creek Elementary: No change.

Performance Learning Center: No change.

Piedmont Middle: No change.

Pineville Elementary: No change to the school but all of the zone will feed to Quail Hollow Middle School in 2018 (see map).

Pinewood Elementary: No change to the school, but beginning with sixth-graders in 2019 the middle school feed changes from Sedgefield to Alexander Graham. In 2018 the high school assignment for the part of this zone east of South Boulevard switches from Harding to Myers Park, while the rest of the zone remains at Harding.

Piney Grove Elementary: No change.

Polo Ridge Elementary: No change.

Providence High: No change.

Providence Spring Elementary: No change.

Quail Hollow Middle: In 2018 picks up some students from the Pineville Elementary zone who are zoned for Community House Middle, which fills seats at Quail Hollow (see map). Adds a leadership and Paideia magnet, starting with grades six and seven in 2018.

Rama Road Elementary: No change.

Randolph Road Middle: No change.

Ranson Middle: In 2018 students from the Winding Springs Elementary zone move to J.M. Alexander Middle. Students from Bruns, Allenbrook and the new University Park zones move to Ranson. Ranson students will feed to two high schools, instead of the current four.

Reedy Creek Elementary: No change.

Reid Park Academy: In 2018 the preK-8 school is slated to become an elementary school, with middle school students moving to Wilson Middle. A small additional part of the zone shifts to the new Renaissance West for grades K-8. Students in this zone are eligible for priority choosing other schools based on three consecutive years of low performance on state exams.

Renaissance West STEAM Academy: No change.

Ridge Road Middle: In 2018 picks up students who live in part of the Nathaniel Alexander Elementary zone who currently go to Martin Middle (see map), as well as some students from the Croft Elementary zone who currently go to Alexander Middle (see map).

River Gate Elementary: No change.

River Oaks Academy: No change.

Rocky River High: No change.

Robinson Middle: No change.

Sedgefield Elementary: Paired with Dilworth Elementary in 2018, with the two zones merged. K-2 students attend Sedgefield and 3-5 students Dilworth (see map). Sedgefield’s name will change to Dilworth Elementary: Sedgefield campus. Feed is to Sedgefield Middle and Myers Park High. Some students would move from the current Sedgefield zone to a new Marie G. Davis zone (see map). Students in this zone are eligible for priority choosing other schools based on three consecutive years of low performance on state exams.

Sedgefield Middle: In 2018 Sedgefield loses some students to a new Marie G. Davis zone and to Carmel Middle. Students in this zone are eligible for priority choosing other schools based on three consecutive years of low performance on state exams.

Beginning with sixth-graders in 2019, students from the Dilworth and Eastway elementary zone move from Alexander Graham to Sedgefield Middle, while students in the Montclaire and Pinewood elementary zones move from Sedgefield to Alexander Graham.

Selwyn Elementary: Loses some students from the area south of Fairview Road to Sharon Elementary in 2018.

Shamrock Gardens Elementary: No change.

Sharon Elementary: Adds some students from the Selwyn zone south of Fairview Road in 2018.

Smithfield Elementary: No change.

South Charlotte Middle: No change.

South Mecklenburg High: In 2018 picks up some Harding students from the Huntingtowne Farms zone (see map). Sends some from the Endhaven zone to Ardrey Kell High (see map).

Southwest Middle: No change.

Starmount Elementary: No change.

Statesville Road Elementary: No change.

Steele Creek Elementary: Some students move to Lake Wylie Elementary in 2018 (see map).

Sterling Elementary: Students in this zone are eligible for priority choosing other schools based on three consecutive years of low performance on state exams.

Stoney Creek Elementary: No change to boundaries but in 2018 the high school feed for part of the zone switches from Mallard Creek to Vance (see map).

Thomasboro Academy: No change.

Torrence Creek Elementary: In 2018 picks up the part of the Blythe Elementary zone west of I-77 (see map).

Trillium Springs Montessori: No change.

Tuckaseegee Elementary: Students in this zone are eligible for priority choosing other schools based on three consecutive years of low performance on state exams.

Turning Point Academy: No change.

University Meadows Elementary: No change.

Tahirah Azim, a first-grader at University Park Elementary School, asked the board not to change her creative arts magent school.
Jeff Siner jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

University Park Arts: In 2018 the full-magnet elementary school becomes a partial arts magnet, with a new neighborhood zone created from parts of the Druid Hills (see map) and Bruns (see map) zones. All students participate in the arts theme. Neighborhood students will feed to Ranson Middle and West Charlotte High.

Vance High: In 2018, loses some students from the Nathaniel Alexander Elementary zone (see map) and picks up students from the Stoney Creek Elementary zone, currently zoned for Mallard Creek High.

Vaughan Elementary: No change.

Waddell Language Academy: No change.

Washam Elementary: In 2018 sends some students who live closer to Cornelius Elementary to that school, easing crowding at Washam (see map).

West Charlotte High: In 2018 picks up students from the Oakdale Elementary zone, currently zoned for West Meck. Loses some students from the Ashley Park and Dilworth zones to Myers Park High, some from the Reid Park and Allenbrook zones to Harding, and some from the Byers and Druid Hills zones to Garinger.

West Mecklenburg High: In 2018 students from the Oakdale Elementary zone move to West Charlotte High (see map). Students in this zone are eligible for priority choosing other schools based on three consecutive years of low performance on state exams.

Westerly Hills Academy: In 2018 the preK-8 school becomes an elementary school, with middle school students moving to Wilson Middle. Picks up some elementary students from the Allenbrook zone (see map).

Whitewater Elementary: No change.

Whitewater Middle: In 2018 loses students from the Allenbrook Elementary zone to Ranson and Wilson. Adds a 360-seat computer science magnet program.

Williams Secondary Montessori: No change.

Winding Springs Elementary: In 2018 some students move to Blythe Elementary (see map), with the middle school feed for that area switching to J.M. Alexander.

Windsor Park Elementary: Loses some students to the K-8 school at the Eastland Mall site opening in 2018 (see map).

Winget Park Elementary: No change.

Winterfield Elementary: No change.

New schools

Eastland Mall site: Yet-unnamed K-8 school opens in 2018 as a partial Spanish-English language magnet, with a neighborhood zone pulled from parts of the Windsor Park Elementary, Albemarle Road Elementary, Eastway Middle and Albemarle Road Middle zones. Independence High will be the feed. The magnet will eventually offer 600 seats, starting with grades K-1 in 2018.

Villa Heights Elementary: The school closed as an elementary in 2011, then was briefly leased to a charter school before becoming a small academy for high school students. It will reopen as an elementary school in 2018, with a zone pulled from the Walter G. Byers and Highland Renaissance zones.

Wilson Middle: Closed in 2011, it will reopen with students from the Westerly Hills and Reid Park zones, as well as some from the Allenbrook Elementary zone who are currently zoned for Whitewater Middle. It will include a 400-seat computer science and coding magnet.

Ann Doss Helms: 704-358-5033, @anndosshelms