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Old 10-18-2015, 01:21 PM
 
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Possible move by 2016-17 school year with daughter entering high school. Quite frankly, not lamenting the loss of our current situation as our local school (while top rated statewide) is still overcrowded and sports reign supreme. Our music program, however, is top notch. That is highly important to this performing arts teacher mama.

I'm hearing conflicting reviews of CMS high schools. Tell me about Gaston & Union Counties. Hubs job will be in SW corridor of Charlotte near Ballantyne. We've been given advice to seek out Belmont and Huntersville as possible areas to settle, but school districts & safety are MY top priority.

Talk to me straight. Thrown in thoughts on charters & private schools in the area, too. We also have a 3 yo that will soon enough enter K.
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Old 10-18-2015, 02:02 PM
 
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CMS has solid high schools you just have to live near them. Butler, Audrey Kell, Providence, Myers Park, and others are solid but you have to be near them. Northwest School of the Arts is in a bad area but supposedly really good.
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Old 10-18-2015, 02:15 PM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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Possible move by 2016-17 school year with daughter entering high school. Quite frankly, not lamenting the loss of our current situation as our local school (while top rated statewide) is still overcrowded and sports reign supreme. Our music program, however, is top notch. That is highly important to this performing arts teacher mama.

I'm hearing conflicting reviews of CMS high schools. Tell me about Gaston & Union Counties. Hubs job will be in SW corridor of Charlotte near Ballantyne. We've been given advice to seek out Belmont and Huntersville as possible areas to settle, but school districts & safety are MY top priority.

Talk to me straight. Thrown in thoughts on charters & private schools in the area, too. We also have a 3 yo that will soon enough enter K.
In Gaston, check out the high schools zoned to Belmont & Cramerton. Then check the middle schools & elementary schools that feed them.
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Old 10-18-2015, 03:16 PM
 
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Some high schools in Charlotte-Mecklenburg are excellent, some average, some very poor. It's all in where you live. Northwest School of the Arts (a magnet) is very good in performing arts, but I can tell you from experience is only average academically. It's small so many AP classes are not offered. Math and science is sub-par. No sports which is a plus at least.
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Old 10-18-2015, 04:17 PM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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Gaston has a magnet school, Highland Tech, which is very good but admission is by lottery. Gaston Day is a private school with an excellent reputation.
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Old 10-19-2015, 07:36 AM
 
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If your husband is going to be working in / near Ballantyne another area to look at would be Fort Mill, SC. Nation Ford HS is ranked #5 in the state of SC and the Fort Mill School District is considered among the best in the state. They've done an excellent job with planning for the growth that's happening -- though the county seems to not care and keeps approving neighborhoods; as is going on everywhere in this area :/

I'm not familiar with the general music program, but Nation Ford HS has a very competitive Marching Band program that competes nationally and does very well.

Our son is in 1st grade and likes his school and teachers. He has some behavioral issues and the teachers have been excellent in working with us to put a teaching plan together.

Real Estate wise you'll also get a lot more bang for your buck since taxes are lower. We have quite a few people in our neighborhood that started out in NC and moved down to SC.

Just another option to look at.
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Old 10-19-2015, 11:26 AM
 
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If the schools maintain some semblance of diversity and reverse the ones that have become less diverse since the end of busing, they will continue to do great things. CMS is a great school district overall. Sure, there are some poorly performing schools and some top performing ones, but overall the district is very good for a city of our size. I hope our citizens with and without kids recognize just how important good public schools are for our success as a city. Poor schools impact everyone negatively.

Also, unlike most cities with great schools, the bulk of funding comes from the state, not from the immediate area, and with NC ranked in the bottom 3 in the nation in per-pupil funding, it's amazing that CMS does as well.

Since busing CMS has had some major challenges as more affluent parents seek alternatives and impact the schools that need their participation the most. I hope the system can win over more affluent parents because as the system becomes holistically poorer and less diverse on a school by school basis, the performance will likely follow.

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