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CMS enrollment increases 2.3 percent for 2012-2013 year

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools added 3,159 students to its enrollment in kindergarten through 12th grade for the 2012-1013 school year -- an increase of 2.3 percent over the previous year.

Enrollment on Sept. 24, the 20th day of school, was 141,171, compared to 138,012 students on the 20th day a year earlier. The total number of students exceeded district projections by more than 1,000 students. The district also had 2,695 students enrolled in pre-kindergarten programs, bringing total pre-K-12 enrollment to 143,866. 

CMS was the second-largest district in North Carolina in the 2011-2012 school year, with only Wake County (Raleigh) having more students enrolled.

"We're glad to see that people are choosing CMS and our enrollment is increasing," said Dr. Heath E. Morrison, superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. "It is our goal to work for every student, every day, for a better tomorrow – and we now have 143,866 reasons to succeed."

The 20th-day data also showed a strong rate of attendance districtwide, with an average of 96.6 percent attendance for the first month. Broken down by grade, the four high school grades of nine through 12 all averaged more than 95 percent. Middle school was slightly higher, with attendance above 96 percent in grades seven and eight, and above 97 percent in grade six. For elementary school, attendance was above 97 percent in every grade except first, which was above 96 percent.

Click here to see the 2012-2013 enrollment data.

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