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CMS to hold new School Options Fair this weekend


Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will hold its new Options Fair on Saturday, Jan. 11, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology, 1430 Alleghany St.

This is the first year the fair, previously known as the magnet fair, will feature three program choices: magnets, career and technical education (CTE) and cooperative innovative high schools.

The online application period for the first lottery will open on Jan. 11 and end at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11. 

CMS currently has 37 magnet schools and nine magnet programs, which include International Baccalaureate, Learning Immersion, Montessori, Traditional, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), World Languages and Visual and Performing Arts.

Beginning in the 2014-15 school year, CMS will offer a full county-wide health science magnet at Hawthorne High School, a Montessori magnet at Long Creek Elementary, an early college program at UNC Charlotte and several other options for students. 

A total of six new magnet programs, two new middle-college offerings and an added early college program have been added to the gamut of CMS options for the following school year.

The new offerings were approved by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education on Dec. 11. The change also includes the addition of a grade 13 at the district's Cato Middle College.

The Board of Education voted on 13 separate proposals as part of the expansion of academic options for students. See the list of CMS options.

Representatives from each school option and student assignment staff will be available at the fair to answer questions about instruction, transportation, the application process and enrollment. Families will also have the opportunity to register online for school options at the fair.

Notification letters for the first lottery will arrive in homes in early March. The application period for the second lottery is from March 10-June 6 at 10 p.m. The link to the school options application will be posted Saturday, Jan. 11, on the CMS website. 

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