The May 24 vote, which drew a crowd for a final public hearing, capped two years of CMS student assignment work. Jeff Siner jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
The May 24 vote, which drew a crowd for a final public hearing, capped two years of CMS student assignment work. Jeff Siner jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

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The CMS assignment review is finally over. What does it mean for your school?

May 28, 2017 11:56 AM

After spending the past two years crafting revisions to its student assignment plan, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board has now lined up a slate of changes that will play out over the next two years.

While the list looks daunting, the vast majority of students won’t have to change schools. There will be an array of new magnet offerings that could entice thousands more to choose change.

The board’s goal was to create a plan that combines choice and neighborhood schools to let families keep their kids close to home if they want to, offer an array of academic specialties, create new paths out of low-performing schools for those who want them and promote diversity through a lottery that uses socioeconomic status to award seats. How well it all works remains to be seen.

Here’s my at-a-glance list of what’s coming in 2017 and 2018. 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 ones for 2017-18. That’s partly because this list is complicated enough with just that, and partly because plans beyond that could change as a new superintendent arrives in July, new board members are elected in November and school bonds are approved or rejected at the same time.

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). Seven new schools scheduled to open in 2017 or 2018 are listed after the existing schools.

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.

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

Ashley Park: Remains a preK-8 school. 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: Remains a preK-8 school. Loses part of its zone to the new Renaissance West K-8 school opening in 2017 (see map).

Beverly Woods Elementary: No change.

Billingsville Elementary: The board approved adding a STEM magnet in 2017, but that has been canceled. In 2018, Billingsville 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: Remains a K-8 school, but loses some students to the new Villa Heights Elementary (see map) and Eastway Middle (see map) in 2018. Adds a countywide health and medical careers magnet, which feeds to Hawthorne High, starting with grades K-2 and 6-7 in 2018.

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: Adds a program for students who want to become educators, starting with ninth-graders in 2017.

Clear Creek Elementary: No change.

Cochrane Collegiate Academy: Current students were eligible for a new priority to switch schools in 2017, based on low performance in prior years. In 2018 Cochrane picks up some students from the Orr Elementary zone, currently zoned for Eastway Middle (see map). 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 in 2018 (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 2017, the K-12 military/leadership magnet sends its high school students to Hawthorne and starts transitioning the K-8 program to a pre-International Baccalaureate magnet. 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. 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: Remains a preK-8 school. 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).

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.

Current Eastway students were eligible for a new priority to switch schools in 2017, based on low performance in prior years.

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: In 2017, picks up JROTC, public service, Arabic and Project Lead the Way courses from Davis Military/Leadership School.

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).

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.

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: Current students were eligible for a new priority to switch schools in 2017, based on low performance in prior years. In 2018 a few students who live within Matthews town boundaries move to Crestdale Middle (see map).

McKee Road Elementary: 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 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. 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: No change.

North Mecklenburg High: No change.

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

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: STEM magnet program moves to Winget Park Elementary in 2017.

Park Road Montessori: No change.

Parkside Elementary: No change.

Paw Creek Elementary: Adds a computer science magnet program in 2017.

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 2017, loses a small part of its zone to the new Renaissance West school (see map). In 2018 the preK-8 school is slated to become an elementary school, with middle school students moving to Wilson Middle. In 2018 a small additional part of the zone shifts to the new Renaissance West for grades K-8.

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). 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).

Sedgefield Middle: In 2017, the secondary Montessori magnet program moves to a new Williams Montessori. Current neighborhood students were eligible for a new priority to switch schools in 2017, based on low performance in prior years.

In 2018 Sedgefield loses some students to a new Marie G. Davis zone and to Carmel Middle.

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: Current students were eligible for a new priority to switch schools in 2017, based on low performance in prior years.

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. Remains a K-8 school.

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: Current students were eligible for a new priority to switch schools in 2017, based on low performance in prior years.

Turning Point Academy: Alternative school for students with discipline problems moves in 2017 from the former Williams Middle School to the former Pawtuckett Elementary site.

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.

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).

Westerly Hills Academy: In 2017 loses part of its zone to the new Renaissance West school (see map). In 2018 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.

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: In 2017 picks up the STEM magnet program currently located at Palisades Park Elementary.

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.

Merancas Middle College High: Opens in 2017 at Central Piedmont Community College’s Merancas campus as an opt-in school for grades 11 and 12.

Renaissance West STEAM Academy: New partial magnet K-8 school opens in 2017 in west Charlotte.

Vaughan Elementary: Computer science magnet school opening at the old Newell Elementary building in 2017.

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.

Williams Secondary Montessori: Montessori magnet for grades 7-12 opening in 2017 in the building that used to house a neighborhood middle school.

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

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