CMS releases first magnet lottery results, second lottery starts Monday | Schools
MECKLENBURG COUNTY - Nearly 19,000 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students were assigned to magnet programs during the first student-assignment lottery. Families have received notification letters of where their children were placed through the lottery process and how to ask for reassignment.
CMS received more than 9,500 individual lottery applications through the online process, including 1,700 kindergarten lottery applications. After the lottery was finished, a total of 18,778 students were assigned to magnet programs – about 700 less than last year. That includes students who were already assigned to magnet schools and automatically continue in those programs.
Click here to see the list of magnet programs by school, the number of seats filled, and the number of students in the wait pools.
Families showed strong interest in Montessori, International Baccalaureate, math and science and the traditional programs. The five schools with the largest wait pools are: Morehead STEM (646 students), Park Road Montessori (388 students), Piedmont IB Middle (310 students), Myers Park Traditional (275 students), and Elizabeth Traditional (266 students).
Students who do not receive their first choice for a magnet program are automatically placed in that program’s wait pool. There are 3,869 students who are currently assigned to magnet-school wait pools. When more students apply to magnet programs than there are available seats, the lottery establishes a wait pool made up of the remaining first-choice applicants. Schools can access their wait pools in July.
If a seat becomes available, the school will contact the next person in the wait pool and offer them a seat. Students may accept or decline the placement. The school will continue to contact students until all available seats are filled.
Families who are unhappy with their child’s placement have two options: request reassignment or apply to a magnet school with space through the second lottery. The reassignment period is open until March 21. The reassignment process is paperless and can be accessed here.
Requests are considered for four reasons:
- The student wishes to attend his/her home school (placement is guaranteed).
- Child of CMS staff member (placement is not guaranteed).
- Student’s medical and/or health condition (families must complete the CMS medical packet).
- Extreme hardship, which are circumstances that affect a family’s ability to support the student’s educational success. Hardship requests require a written explanation and supporting documents.
A second lottery begins March 14 and runs through June 3. Families will be notified of their placement in late June. The second lottery is open to any current CMS student, including those who participated in the first lottery. The second lottery is an opportunity to fill seats that are still available in magnet programs; the magnet department will post the list of programs with available seats on March 14.
CMS will provide free computer access at the Family Application Center (700 Marsh Rd.) and at all Zone offices. Computers at these locations will be available from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The CMS student assignment call center is open to handle calls and questions about the student-assignment lottery. The phone number is 980-343-5335.
Customer-service representatives are available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. Bilingual customer-service representatives are also available.
For more information about the lottery, or student placement in general, click here.
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