Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools are located throughout Mecklenburg County in North Carolina. The county is comprised of the cities of Charlotte, Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, Matthews, Mint Hill and Pineville. Each city holds one or more elementary, middle school or high schools. The official CMS website provides a complete list of the schools.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is a large school system with over 140,000 diverse students and close to 20,000 employees as of 2015. The district professes an inclusive and international mindset that prepares students for ambitious careers. The district curriculum focuses on a base of reading, math and science classes merged with the contemporary subjects of technology and art. In addition to traditional schools, the district offers career-oriented, magnet and International Baccalaureate programs. The total number of schools in the CMS district comes to more than 160 schools.
The Mecklenburg community is highly active at CMS schools. The community provides thousands of volunteers and financial contributors to district schools. As a result of the community rallying around the students, the district decreased the achievement gap among different racial backgrounds and increased test scores in various grade. Additionally, the number of students taking the SAT increased. These triumphs garnered multiple education awards for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, including the Broad Prize for Urban Education and a Wallace Foundation grant in 2011.