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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Charlotte, North Carolina
District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Heath E. Morrison
Enrollment:143,866 students
Graduation rate:81.0%
Number of schools:159
Budget: 1.2 billion
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Mary T. McCray
Board members:9
Term length:4
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is a school district in North Carolina. It is the second largest school district in North Carolina, serving 143,866 students in 159 schools.[1]

About the district

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is located in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is located in Charlotte, North Carolina and is the district for Mecklenburg County. Mecklenburg County is home to 969,031 residents.[2]


The county outperforms with the state averages in education and median household income. According to the 2010 Census, the percentage of residents with a high school degree (88.6%) is higher than the state of North Carolina (84.1%) and the percentage of residents over 25 with a bachelor's degree or higher is higher in Mecklenburg County (40.4%) compared to the state overall (26.5%). The median household income in Mecklenburg County is $55,994 compared to North Carolina's statewide median of $46,291.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Mecklenburg County (%) North Carolina (%)
White 60.1 71.9
Black or African American 31.8 22.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8 1.5
Asian 5.1 2.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 2.2 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 12.5 8.7

Presidential Voting Pattern[3]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 60.8 38.0
2008 62.0 38.0
2004 51.6 48.0
2000 48.3 51.0

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[4] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.


Dr. Heath E. Morrison was named superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in 2012. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in government from the College of William and Mary, and holds a doctorate in educational policy and planning and a master of educational administration from the University of Maryland. Morrison worked as a teacher and principal before becoming community superintendent for the Down County Consortium in Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland. Following his work in Maryland, Morrison moved to Nevada to become the superintendent of Washoe County School District in Reno where he was named superintendent of the year in 2011 by the Nevada Association of School Superintendents and the Nevada Association of School Boards. In 2012, he was named national superintendent of the year by the American Association of School Administrators.[5]

School board

The CMS Board of Education consists of nine members that serve four year terms. Three members are elected at-large while the remaining six represent different regions in the district. Board members are compensated $1,019.79 per month and the Chairperson is compensated $1,325.74 per month.[6]

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Member District Term Ends
Mary T. McCray At-large 2015
Timothy S. Morgan At-large 2015
Ericka Ellis-Stewart At-large 2015
Rhonda Lennon District 1 2017
Thelma Byers-Bailey District 2 2017
Ruby Jones District 3 2017
Tom Tate District 4 2017
Eric Davis District 5 2017
Paul Bailey District 6 2017

School board elections

See also: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools elections (2013)

Members of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools board of education are elected to four-year terms. Each election is held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of odd-numbered years. Three are up for election in November 2015 and six are up for election in November 2017.


The table below displays the budget for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools:[7][8]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2011-2012 $852,986,712 72.9% $18,758,665 1.6% $216,846,713 18.5% $582,736 0% $80,223,800 6.9% $1,169,398,626
2012-2013 $873,792,240 72.7% $20,346,135 1.7% $225,144,002 18.7% $582,736 0% $82,673,557 6.9% $1,202,538,670
2013-2014 $996,591,741 80.2% $17,982,370 1.4% $193,464,720 15.6% $582,736 0% $34,086,302 2.7% $1,242,707,869
Averages: $907,790,231 75% $19,029,056.67 2% $211,818,478.33 18% $582,736 0% $65,661,219.67 5% $1,204,881,721.67

Teacher salaries

The following table outlines salaries at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.[9]

Grade Level Average 10th percentile 25th percentile Median 75th percentile 90th percentile
Pre-school $22,783 $16,547 $18,178 $20,825 $25,288 $32,269
Kindergarten $41,518 $30,392 $33,685 $38,765 $49,380 $58,683
Elementary $43,529 $31,813 $36,056 $41,989 $50,582 $58,931
Middle school $43,510 $32,448 $36,403 $41,921 $49,814 $58,419
High school $45,344 $33,001 $37,743 $44,458 $52,075 $60,363

The Charlotte Observer has a salary database for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools here.

Schools in Charlotte-Mecklenburg


Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools serves 143,866 students in 159 schools.

Total enrollment[10]
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2006-2007 132,279
2007-2008 132,281 +.00001
2008-2009 137,180 +.0365
2009-2010 136,889 -.0021
2010-2011 138,807 +.0138
2011-2012 140,746 +.0137
2012-2013 143,866 +.0216

District schools

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools operates 159 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[11]

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Albemarle Road Elementary Academy of World Studies
Albemarle Road Middle School
Alexander Graham Middle School
Allenbrook Elementary School
Ardrey Kell High School
Ashley Park Pre K-8 School
Bailey Middle School
Bain Elementary School
Ballantyne Elementary School
Barnette Elementary School
Barringer Academic Center
Berewick Elementary School
Berryhill School
Beverly Woods Elementary School
Billingsville Elementary School
Blythe Elementary School
Briarwood Academy
Bruns Academy
Carmel Middle School
Chantilly Montessori School
Clear Creek Elementary School
Cochrane Collegiate Academy
Collinswood Language Academy
Community House Middle School
Cornelius Elementary School
Cotswold Elementary School
Coulwood Middle School
Crestdale Middle School
Croft Community School
Crown Point Elementary School
David Cox Road Elementary School
David W. Butler High School
Davidson Elementary School
Devonshire Elementary School
Dilworth Elementary School
Druid Hills Academy
E. E. Waddell Language Academy (formerly Smith Academy)
East Mecklenburg High School
Eastover Elementary School
Eastway Middle School
Elizabeth Lane Elementary School
Elizabeth Traditional Elementary School
Elon Park Elementary School
Endhaven Elementary School
First Ward Creative Arts Academy
Francis Bradley Middle School
Garinger High School
Grand Oak Elementary School
Greenway Park Elementary School
Harding University High School
Hawk Ridge Elementary School
Hickory Grove Elementary School
Hidden Valley Elementary School
Highland Creek Elementary School
Highland Mill Montessori Elementary School
Highland Renaissance Academy
Hopewell High School
Hornets Nest Elementary School
Huntersville Elementary School
Huntingtowne Farms Elementary School
Idlewild Elementary School
Independence High School
Irwin Academic Center (formerly Villa Heights)
J. H. Gunn Elementary School
J.M. Alexander Middle School
J.V. Washam Elementary School
James Martin Middle School
Jay M. Robinson Middle School
John M. Morehead STEM Academy
Joseph W. Grier Academy
Kennedy Middle School
Lake Wylie Elementary School
Lansdowne Elementary School
Lebanon Road Elementary School
Lincoln Heights Academy
Long Creek Elementary School
Mallard Creek Elementary School
Mallard Creek High School
Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School
Matthews Elementary School
McAlpine Elementary School
McClintock Middle School
McKee Road Elementary School
Merry Oaks International Academy
Metro School
Military and Global Leadership Academy at Marie G. Davis
Mint Hill Middle School
Montclaire Elementary
Mountain Island Elementary School
Myers Park High School
Myers Park Traditional Elementary School
Nathaniel Alexander Elementary School
Nations Ford Elementary School
Newell Elementary School
North Mecklenburg High School
Northeast Middle School
Northridge Middle School
Northwest School of the Arts
Oakdale Elementary School
Oaklawn Language Academy
Olde Providence Elementary School
Olympic High School
Park Road Montessori School
Paw Creek Elementary School
Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology
Piedmont Middle School
Pineville Elementary School
Pinewood Elementary School
Piney Grove Elementary School
Polo Ridge Elementary School
Providence High School
Providence Spring Elementary School
Quail Hollow Middle School
Rama Road Elementary School
Randolph Middle School
Ranson Middle School
Reedy Creek Elementary School
Reid Park Academy
Ridge Road Middle School
River Gate Elementary School
River Oaks Academy
Rocky River High School
Sedgefield Elementary School
Sedgefield Middle School
Selwyn Elementary School
Shamrock Gardens Elementary School
Sharon Elementary School
Smithfield Elementary School
South Charlotte Middle School
South Mecklenburg High School
Southwest Middle School
Statesville Road Elementary School
Steele Creek Elementary School
Sterling Elementary School
Stoney Creek Elementary School
Thomasboro Academy
Torrence Creek Elementary School
Tuckaseegee Elementary School
Turning Point Academy
University Meadows Elementary School
University Park Creative Arts School
Walter G. Byers School
West Charlotte High School
West Mecklenburg High School
Westerly Hills Academy
William A. Hough High School
Whitewater Academy
WhiteWater Middle School
Winding Springs Elementary School
Windsor Park Elementary School
Winget Park Elementary School
Winterfield Elementary School
Zebulon B. Vance High School

Academic performance

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has higher SAT averages than North Carolina overall. In 2012, the district average for 1600 and 2400 SAT raw scores were 1002 and 1482 respectively while the state averages were 997 and 1469.[12] With a district average of 18.3, the mean ACT score was consistent with the state average score of 18.2.[13]

Adequate Yearly Progress

Academic performance for the district is available via Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reports. These reports are measurements defined by the United States federal No Child Left Behind Act that allow the U.S. Department of Education to determine how every public school and school district in the country is performing academically according to results on standardized tests. Five out of 50 schools in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school district met the AYP in North Carolina from 2010-2011.[14]


School bond

In September 2013, the school board approved a plan to end the lease on the Amay James prekindergarten center in 2015 by Brookstone School, a private Christian school. The district wants to use the space for nearby Reid Park Academy, a Charlotte-Mecklenburg preK-8 school. This is part of a plan set forth in 2010 to close a dozen district schools to address severe budget cuts. Now the district is launching a campaign for approval of $290 million in school bonds in November. The bond would go towards reopening two of the closed schools and building a new preK-8 school in west Charlotte to relieve the overcrowding in current schools. The bond would also go towards building up current elementary schools to fit preK and middle school students.[15]

Contact information

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center
600 East Fourth Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
Phone: 980-343-5139 or 980-343-5163

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Transparency grading process

Last rated on June 18, 2012.

The good

  • Tax revenues are available and tax rates are published[16]
  • The current budget is published and previous budgets are available for the last three years[17]
  • The calendar of Board meetings, meeting agendas, and minutes are available and archived at least three years[18]
  • Names of Board officials, individual email address, individual phone numbers, and a physical address is available[19]
  • Some names of administrative officials, individual email address, individual phone numbers, and a physical address is available[20]
  • Bids are posted, including approved contracts over $10,000[21]
  • The current audit is published and previous audits are available for the last three years[22]
  • A public records contact is available and public records policies are available in a central location[23]
  • Background check policy is available.[24]
  • Academic reports are available for standard testing and graduation rates are posted[25]

The bad

  • Contact information is incomplete for many departments, including missing phone numbers, email addresses, address, or department director identification.

See also

External links

Suggest a link


  1. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, "Enrollment Data," accessed September 10, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2010 Census: Quick Facts, "Orange County," accessed September 5, 2013"
  3. The New York TImes, "Election Results," accessed September 5, 2013
  4. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  5. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, "Superintendent Heath Morrison," accessed September 10, 2013
  6. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, "Board of Education" accessed September 10, 2013
  7. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, "2012-2013 Budget Documents," accessed November 26, 2013
  8. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, "2013-2014 Adopted Budget," accessed December 12, 2014
  9. Teacher Salary Info, "Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools" accessed September 10, 2013
  10. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, "Enrollment Data," accessed September 10, 2013
  11. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, "Schools," accessed September 10, 2013
  12. Public Schools of North Carolina, "THE NORTH CAROLINA 2012 SAT REPORT, " accessed September 11, 2013
  13. Public Schools of North Carolina, "ACT Results," accessed September 11, 2013
  14. Public Schools of North Carolina, "Adequate Yearly Progress," accessed September 11, 2013
  15. "," "CMS wants Amay James Back," accessed September 12, 2013
  16. Tax information
  17. Current and archived budgets
  18. Meetings
  19. Adopted Budget book.pdf Board of Education (dead link)
  20. Administrative departments
  21. Purchasing
  22. Audits
  23. Public records
  24. Authorization.pdf Background check (dead link)
  25. Academic performance