Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Six things families need to know about the student-assignment lottery

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools online magnet student-assignment
lottery will close at 10 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 13. Here are a few tips
for families to keep in mind as they prepare to make their selections.

• Know the deadline
Families can submit applications from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., daily,
through Monday, Feb. 13.

• Know where to find the online application
Link to the application: http://www.cms.k12.nc.us/application/Pages/Login.aspx

Directions to the application: On the CMS homepage, click on the
2012-2013 Magnet/Student-Assignment Lottery link, which is located on
the left of the webpage.

The online application is available in both Spanish and English, and
CMS will provide free computer access at the Family Application Center
(700 Marsh Rd.) and at all zone offices through Feb. 13. Computers at
these locations will be available from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Families can
contact Student Placement for assistance from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at
980-343-5335. Spanish-speaking representatives are available.

• Make sure your child is enrolled as a current or future student
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.

• Have your student identification and PIN numbers readily available
CMS sent individual assignment notifications home with all current
students beginning the first week of January. This mailing included
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 received the
information in the mail.

• Know your options
When you enter your student's information, the application will
automatically populate with the schools to which your student is
eligible to receive transportation. You will have the opportunity to
follow a link to see a list of more schools.

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.

• Reassignment notifications
Lottery assignment notifications letters will be sent to families in
late February. The letters give assignments through the lottery
process and provide information on how to ask for reassignment.

For more information on the CMS student assignment lottery, call
980-343-5030, email magnets@cms.k12.nc.us or visitwww.cms.k12.nc.us/