Besides the economic development that Charlotte offers one thing that seems to pop out among people relocating to the Charlotte, NC. Area is the schools and education that is received for kindergarten though twelfth grade specifically.
One fact that not many people know is the Charlotte Mecklenburg School system is the largest school system in the state of North Carolina. We are home to 160 schools and educate over 300,000 students each and every year.
But just because we are the largest in the state the education system does not lack in resources or in providing a quality education to all students throughout the different grade levels. In fact the Charlotte Mecklenburg School system has won numerous awards and grants based on its educational performance among other school systems across the country.
In 2011 it won the Broad Prize for Urban education. It is awarded for Charlotte Mecklenburg system strong academic performance among urban schools...It is also the largest grant given out for education every year.
In 2012 Charlotte Mecklenburg School fourth graders outperformed ALL other fourth graders in math on the national math exam and placed third in reading. At the same time eighth grade students are ranked first in reading and third in math.
In addition to the numerous awards they have won; they have some great magnet schools to help nurture children with special talents and IB programs along with numerous AP courses available to High School students. Last year Charlotte Mecklenburg Students took over 8,000 AP exams.
Because of the rigorous standards set fourth by the school system and the constant updating given to parents in this joint venture seniors last year were awarded over 93 million in scholarships to post high school education.
We also have schools that have won national awards for their excellence in education and some ranked as top High Schools by well-respected news publications like Us News and World Report and Forbes magazine.
Besides the lower school education system Charlotte is also home to some wonderful post High School options. We have the University of North Carolina Charlotte which boasts a great set of programs and has grown over the years and tightened its entrance requirements to make ti a competitive college. There also is Johnson and Wales University, King's College, Wingate University and of course Central Piedmont Community College with campus scattered throughout Charlotte just to name a few.
Having moved here almost nine years ago with four small children; schools were very important to me and my wife. I can say I have been extremely pleased with the level of education my children are receiving and the level of openness that the schools have in making it a partnership with the parents. I currently have children covering elementary through High School and each one is challenged on a daily basis.
Having worries that the large system would be just a number for my child has proven to be exactly the opposite here in Charlotte. Teachers and principals take a hands on approach and an open door policy and seem to care about the well-being of the kids and their education like they are their own.
Helen Adams Realty