Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is in the thick of its second magnet school lottery, and administrators highlighted Wednesday 10 schools that are still looking for more students.
More than 24,500 students applied for seats in a magnet program in the first lottery, which ended in January. About 21,000 of them earned seats. The most popular schools have waiting lists numbering in the hundreds.
The process is part of the district’s stated goal to offer at least two high-quality school options to each student.
The second magnet lottery is held to fill any remaining seats. CMS leaders met Wednesday at Coulwood Middle, which recently added a science, technology, engineering and math magnet program, to lobby parents to consider magnet programs that still have space available.
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This year, the lottery comes as CMS is in the middle of a large-scale review of its magnet programs. Superintendent Ann Clark said the district has so far looked at the strengths and weaknesses of its existing magnet programs. The next stage is to determine whether some magnet programs should be expanded to new locations, or whether programs should be moved.
The school board is expected to take up the issue next month.
The 10 schools CMS described as having seats available:
▪ Huntingtowne Farms Elementary. This south Charlotte school’s International Baccalaureate program focuses on world languages, research, community service and critical thinking.
▪ Oakhurst STEAM Elementary. This school off Monroe Road near Chantilly and Echo Hills is re-opening in the fall as a science, technology, engineering, arts and math partial magnet school.
▪ Trillium Springs Montessori. This Huntersville school opened in 2014 as the first Montessori elementary in the northern part of Mecklenburg County.
▪ Coulwood Middle. This school in northwest Charlotte is changing its name to Coulwood STEM Academy to reflect its new focus.
▪ McClintock Middle. The east Charlotte school has a STEAM program.
▪ Performance Learning Center. This special program near uptown blends in-person and online courses.
▪ iMeck Academy @ Cochrane High. This is an east Charlotte option for blended in-person and online learning.
▪ Military and Global Leadership Academy at Marie G. Davis. This K-12 school requires students to be in JROTC in the upper grades.
▪ North Mecklenburg High. The school has openings in both its International Baccalaureate program and technology institute, which focuses on career education.
▪ Hawthorne Academy of Health Science. This high school will have a new building in the fall.