Center helps parents enroll new minority students

Enrolling gets easier at CMS

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Carlos Alberto and his family moved to Charlotte this summer.

And now he's enrolling his four year old son Brian in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School district.

Although the family doesn't speak English fluently, Carlos says the enrollment process hasn't been complicated.

Families with English as a second language can get assistance from the CMS International Center on Tyvola Road all year round, even during summer vacation.

"We service families 365 days a year basically the only day we are not open is Christmas day," said Marshall Foster the Language Minority Student Specialist.

"Summer is our busiest time. We'll serve roughly 700 to 800 students during that time frame."

The center not only provides families with a counselor who speaks their native language but the center also offers all enrollment services under one roof.

"We have 169 languages spoken in CMS," said Foster.

"We take all of their information; we evaluate their immunizations if they need any shots, we have a nurse here that can actually administer the shots, we give an English language proficiency test and we give the results to the family and orient them into the system."

Carlos said the process was very fast and he's looking forward to Brian's first year in school.

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