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Charlotte-Mecklenburg school choice lottery open to applications
Families can sign up until Nov. 25
Published Monday, November 4, 2019 12:26 pm
by Herbert L. White | The Charlotte Post

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school choice lottery for the 2020-21 academic year is open through Nov. 25.

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Registration for Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s school choice lottery is open.

Parents or guardians of students who want to participate in the 2020-2021 choice program must enroll in the lottery, which opens Nov. 4. Students who are new to the district must be enrolled no later than Nov. 25 to participate.

CMS will offer additional magnet options and seats in the 2020-2021 school year. Home-school, sibling and continuation guarantees remain in place. Students currently enrolled in a magnet program are automatically assigned to the next school level within the magnet program. School Choice provides more students access to opportunities that match their unique interests, talents and potential. Some tips to keep in mind during the selection period:

• Enroll new students through Nov. 25

Families new to CMS who wish to participate in the first round of the lottery must enroll with the CMS Student Placement Office no later than Nov. 25.

• Research School Choice options

Learn about the many offerings and focus areas by visiting CMS Choice. Discuss these options with your family to find the best match.

• Visit School Choice open houses

Find out more by visiting schools and attending open houses and information sessions.

• Select top three preferences

Families can choose up to three schools that best match the student’s interests and talents. Have the student’s identification and PIN numbers available. CMS sent assignment notifications home with all students last month, which included their identification and PIN numbers and directions for online application to the lottery. Information for students who are new to CMS was sent in the mail. When you enter the student’s information, the application will automatically populate with the schools to which he or she is eligible for transportation.

• Submit an application

Choose up to three preferences. Families can submit applications through Dec. 13 from 6 a.m.-10 p.m. The application is available online in English and Spanish. Families can contact CMS’s Student Placement office for assistance from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. at (980) 343-5335. Spanish-speaking representatives are available.

Lottery assignment notification letters will be sent to families in late December.

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