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Old 03-20-2016, 02:26 PM
 
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My husband and I are relocating to Charlotte in a few months and we are looking for a school with a diverse student population and strong academics. We have a 7 year old boy who will be entering second grade. I will be working either in Concord, Huntersville or southpark area (will decide based on the school that we choose). We prefer a public school but will do private if needed. Also, how diverse are those neighborhoods? Any thoughts or recommendations are extremely appreciated!!!!

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Old 03-20-2016, 02:32 PM
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There are a lot of changes being discussed in Charlotte/Mecklenburg School system right now with many towns opting out.
Concord would probably be your most stable system if you are planning for your child to go to the same school for long.
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Old 03-20-2016, 03:02 PM
 
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There are a lot of changes being discussed in Charlotte/Mecklenburg School system right now with many towns opting out.
Concord would probably be your most stable system if you are planning for your child to go to the same school for long.

Thanks! Do you know what the changes are or where I can find that information?
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Old 03-20-2016, 03:16 PM
 
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Thanks! Do you know what the changes are or where I can find that information?

There is talk in CMS to start busing students again. The Town of Matthews just voted and approved to separate themselves from CMS.

Concord is your best bet. Cox Mill or Odell ES. Both schools are diverse as are the neighborhood s that feed into these schools.
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Old 03-20-2016, 08:13 PM
 
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Of those 3 I think Concord would be the most diverse. But like CMS, there are some good schools in Concord and some bad schools in Concord. The highest regarded seem to be those closest to the Meck County line.
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Old 03-21-2016, 04:58 PM
 
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Depending on where you're moving from, diversity in public schools mean something different here than any other parts of the country. We moved to Huntersville and we love it here and my daughter's school is pretty diverse although moving from Queens it doesn't hold a candle to that. I'm actually very happy with my daughter's public school and very found of her teacher. I was leery reading all the negatives people said about CMS schools. My one complaint is I think the focus a lot of focus and attention on reading and literacy and not enough on math and science. Im not saying reading and literacy isn't important but I would like to see the same amount of effort put into math and science.
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Old 03-22-2016, 07:18 AM
 
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Depending on where you're moving from, diversity in public schools mean something different here than any other parts of the country. We moved to Huntersville and we love it here and my daughter's school is pretty diverse although moving from Queens it doesn't hold a candle to that. I'm actually very happy with my daughter's public school and very found of her teacher. I was leery reading all the negatives people said about CMS schools. My one complaint is I think the focus a lot of focus and attention on reading and literacy and not enough on math and science. Im not saying reading and literacy isn't important but I would like to see the same amount of effort put into math and science.
I agree. CMS schools are much better than these forums would have you believe. The words "good" or "bad" to describe a school can mean so many different things as well as describing diversity. It's funny that diversity can conjure negative images for many people while being valuable for others based on how they perceive what the word means. Diversity is not the same a minority/poor!

What grade is your daughter in? If she's particularly interested in science and math, there are a lot of spring and summer camps around town she may be interested in. The offering at Providence Day and UNCC are pretty impressive and don't cost much compared to the enjoyment your daughter may get out of it. I'm not saying the schools shouldn't focus more on it, but if you can find a way to fuel the fire as well she may really get something good out of it.

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Old 03-22-2016, 07:56 AM
 
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Depending on where you're moving from, diversity in public schools mean something different here than any other parts of the country. We moved to Huntersville and we love it here and my daughter's school is pretty diverse although moving from Queens it doesn't hold a candle to that. I'm actually very happy with my daughter's public school and very found of her teacher. I was leery reading all the negatives people said about CMS schools. My one complaint is I think the focus a lot of focus and attention on reading and literacy and not enough on math and science. Im not saying reading and literacy isn't important but I would like to see the same amount of effort put into math and science.
You should look into the STEM schools within Meck for the math and science.
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Old 03-22-2016, 07:59 AM
 
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I agree that CMS schools are better than people say on these forums. There has been some recent talk of boundary changes recently in order to make schools a bit more diverse but just at the margins. No way they can pass a major new busing plan politically. I can tell you that the schools around South Park are both excellent and diverse, especially if you stay in the Myers Park High School zone. Selwyn, AG Middle, and Myers Park are among the best.
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Old 03-22-2016, 11:51 AM
 
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This is just not true. The only talk of busing is from a few politicians who are trying to gin up fear and anxiety.

There is no talk by the school board of busing students.

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There is talk in CMS to start busing students again. The Town of Matthews just voted and approved to separate themselves from CMS.

Concord is your best bet. Cox Mill or Odell ES. Both schools are diverse as are the neighborhood s that feed into these schools.
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