Thursday, December 29, 2011

CMS Releases Magnet and Student Assignment Information

The CMS student placement office wants families to be aware of
important information, events and deadlines coming early in the year:

• Student assignment notifications will be sent home with students
beginning the first week of Jan.
• Magnet lottery applications will be accepted online from Jan. 6
through Feb. 13
• The CMS Magnet Fair will take place Jan. 7

Student assignment notifications:
CMS will send individual assignment notifications home with all
current students beginning the first week of January. This mailing
includes each student's identification and PIN numbers, as well as
directions for online application to the magnet lottery. Students who
are new to CMS and students assigned to Title I Choice schools will
receive the information in the mail.

Only students who participate in the lottery or Title I Choice will
receive lottery assignment notifications in February.

Magnet program and magnet lottery process
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools online magnet student-assignment
lottery will be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. beginning Friday, Jan. 6,
through Monday, Feb. 13. CMS families must go online to apply for
magnet programs.

Only families who wish to apply for a magnet program need to
participate in the online process. Families who are happy with their
listed placement do not need to apply. Students must meet eligibility
requirements, if any, before an application to a magnet program can be
accepted. Click here for more information about magnet programs.

For the 2012-2013 school year, programs at Collinswood and Oaklawn
language academies and Morehead STEM Academy will become K-8 magnet
programs. As a result of the expansions, E.E. Waddell Language Academy
will no longer provide a middle school Spanish program and Cochrane
Collegiate Academy will no longer provide its math and science magnet

CMS will offer nine magnet programs at 37 schools (17 full-magnet
schools and 20 partial-magnet schools) for the 2012-2013 school year.
Magnet themes include International Baccalaureate; Military and Global
Leadership; Leadership and Global Studies; Montessori; Learning
Immersion/Talent Development; Science, Technology, Engineering and
Math (STEM); Traditional; Visual and Performing Arts and World
Languages. All CMS students are taught the North Carolina Standard
Course of Study. Magnet programs address students' special abilities
or talents.

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. Families can contact Student
Placement with any questions. Representatives are available from 7
a.m. to 6 p.m. The phone number is 980-343-5335. Spanish-speaking
representatives are also available.

Jan. 7 Magnet Fair
CMS is also hosting a district-wide Magnet Fair on Saturday, Jan. 7,
from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology
(1430 Alleghany Street). Representatives from all the magnet programs
will be available, as well as staff from the English as a second
language (ESL) department, career and technical education, study
abroad programs, Parent University and student assignment. School
health workers will also answer questions about required physical
examinations and immunizations. Computers will be available, so
families can complete the online student-assignment forms if they
would like to participate in the lottery.

Important student-assignment dates:
· All current and newly enrolled CMS students will receive
individual assignment notifications beginning the first week of Jan.
This will include instruction sheets, student identification and PIN
numbers that families will use to apply for a magnet program. Families
must register for magnet programs online. Those without computer
access can visit any CMS zone office or the Family Application Center
(700 Marsh Road).
· The first magnet-lottery application period is from Jan. 6 –
Feb. 13. Lottery assignment notifications letters will be sent to
families in February. The letters give assignments through the lottery
process and provide information on how to ask for reassignment.
Students new to CMS in the 2012-2013 school year must have enrolled in
the system by Dec. 2 to be eligible for the first magnet lottery.
Students who enrolled after Dec. 2 will be eligible for the second
magnet lottery, which runs from March 14 to June 4.
· Families interested in learning more about CMS magnet
options can visit the CMS Magnet Fair on Jan. 7 from 9 a.m. until 1
p.m. at Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology (1430 Alleghany
Street). Representatives from each magnet program will be available at
the fair to share information and answer questions