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Old 07-28-2008, 09:34 AM
 
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We currently live in California and are not impressed with the public school system around us most are in the 25-35% scoring. Looking at the school systems around the area the 85% on testing is rather impressive compared to the schools around here. I was just wondering if I can get some opinions from people who live in the city. We haven't picked an area to move, but are planning a trip in Dec. If it is important we are looking for a home around 200,000-225,000 if that would help shed some light as to what kind of school district we would be in. Thanks for any help!
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Old 07-28-2008, 11:49 AM
 
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For $200K to $250K you can get a very nice home in Matthews which has great schools.

Look at this website for the Brightmoor community:

Brightmoor Website

There are also many nice neighborhoods north of UNCC such as Highland Creek and Davis Lake. I'm not sure about all of the schools in these areas.
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Old 07-28-2008, 12:41 PM
 
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You could get into Union County as well, just south of charlotte which has great public schools.
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Old 07-28-2008, 12:58 PM
 
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You might also consider your commute. It can be tough from the far south andnorth.
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Old 07-28-2008, 07:28 PM
 
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What was the question?
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Old 07-28-2008, 08:30 PM
 
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You have to tell us a neighborhood if you want to know what schools feed into it. Otherwise not sure what your question is. Do you want to know what is the best district you can get for that price? You need to clarify more before we can assist you.
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Old 07-29-2008, 08:12 AM
 
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Check the CMS website, and/or do a google search on the school system, you should be able to get alot of information. There is somewhere a site that has the zones per school. Searching and looking around the cms website you should be able to find it. On the North side of Charlotte, we have a brand new High School Mallard Creek; going into 2nd year, North Meck, Hopewell, and Vance High Schools. Middle schools Alexander, James Martin, and a new one on Ridge Rd (near Highland Creek) opening next school year. I'am not impressed with the middle school we went to (Alexander). Elementary schools, brand new one opening this year on Hucks Rd, Highland Creek Elem, going into it's 3rd year...i think, and I believe that there is 1 more in the books for the Northern part of Charlotte (Mallard Creek, University area), near Salome Church Rd. Overall, the schools up here are pretty good, dealing with some growth issues though, average teacher to student ratio is about 20-23, if in Honors or AP courses ratio is a bit lower. If a school is new, you won't find a lot of testing information - for obvious reasons; one stat to look at is the Free and Reduced Lunch. The race ratio maybe lobsided, that doesn't bother us, or our kids, the key is the Free and Reduced Lunch, you really want to stay away from ones that are above....say 40%. Schools on the south side, and south east are good too, they are typically of higher priced homes (Providence, Myers Park, Ballentyne areas).

Your best bet is to visit each area, you may not like the Mallard Creek area, and love the Ballentyne area, it's just your personal tastes of what you like and dislike about your community. You also want to consider any commute time, the south side has light rail, the north only buses right now. Also, if the commute now is 30 minutes going with the flow of traffic, with growth, say 3 years from now it may take 45 minutes. We moved from Northern Virginia and that was our theory when deciding where to move. We knew all too well, that commute, gas, wear and tear would probably get worse as the area grew. Keep in mind the 485 beltway being constructed, it needs to be widen in the southern part already and it's not even done and won't be complete until 2018.

I really don't know anything about private schools. We have charter schools here as well as montessouri schools(spelling??).

Below are some links all from the CMS website.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (http://www.cms.k12.nc.us/departments/studentPlanning/maps08-09/2008-09Boardadopted.asp - broken link)

CMS 2008-2009 Student Assignment Information (http://www.cms.k12.nc.us/studentassignment08-09/information/index.asp - broken link)

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Old 07-29-2008, 08:37 PM
 
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There are quite few very good private schools in Charlotte, but they are expensive. If I were moving here and could leisurely pick my neighborhood (as you seem able to do) I'd certainly look for a neighborhood with good schools so I could avoid the private route.
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