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Old 03-28-2007, 04:47 PM
 
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Hope I can ask this without offending. Please let me know if I do (offend, that is).

In researching Districts Two and Three of CMS Elementary schools, I'm seeing schools consistently with white students as a minority. The overwhelming student populations are black and latino (sometimes asian, but rarely).

For example in District Two, amoung the state schools, only Lake Wylie Elementary has a greater percentage of white students than black and hispanic.

Why is this? Also, in District Four it is the same: white students are a minority by far.

Is it that white families do not live in these school catchement areas? Or are there white families but they utilise the private education options, never public?

District Five has about four elementary schools where white students are the majority. That makes some sense to me, I suppose, looking at residential housing in that District. But there are also a lot of private schools in that District, so ?

Again, I do not wish to offend here at all. These are questions no estate agent can touch in our experience, and having not been to North Carolina before, we do not have a feel for the area(s).

TIA.
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Old 03-28-2007, 05:04 PM
 
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Hope I can ask this without offending. Please let me know if I do (offend, that is).

In researching Districts Two and Three of CMS Elementary schools, I'm seeing schools consistently with white students as a minority. The overwhelming student populations are black and latino (sometimes asian, but rarely).

For example in District Two, amoung the state schools, only Lake Wylie Elementary has a greater percentage of white students than black and hispanic.

Why is this? Also, in District Four it is the same: white students are a minority by far.

Is it that white families do not live in these school catchement areas? Or are there white families but they utilise the private education options, never public?

District Five has about four elementary schools where white students are the majority. That makes some sense to me, I suppose, looking at residential housing in that District. But there are also a lot of private schools in that District, so ?

Again, I do not wish to offend here at all. These are questions no estate agent can touch in our experience, and having not been to North Carolina before, we do not have a feel for the area(s).

TIA.

I thought you wrote that very diplomatically Nothing offensive as far as I can see.

The schools with highest minority rates tend to be in the inner city areas or poorer sections of town. After years of forced busing Charlotte is now a system of "neighborhood" schools. This helps ensure children can go to school close to where they live, a good thing in that they don't have to get up so early to be shipped halfway across town, and theoretically parents or caretakers have easier access to the school for volunteering or meeting with teachers.

There are several very fine private schools in Charlotte, mostly in south Charlotte, and yes enrollment has grown in them over time. BUT, these schools are already where a majority of students are white, so I don't believe a high percentage are sending their kids to private to avoid racial issues. These are just great college prep schools that are an alternative for people who can afford them.
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Old 03-28-2007, 05:05 PM
 
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This is a meassage board. Who cares if you offend someone?

White people haven't lived in the area covered by district 2 for quite some time. Districts 3 and 4 were majority white as recently as 10 years ago but demographics change.

I don't have the numbers in front of me but if I had to guess by looking at the map I'd say that districts 1, 5 and 6 are majority white. Tell me if I'm wrong.
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Old 03-28-2007, 05:12 PM
 
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I am surprised to learn District 3 and 4 were majority white a decade ago, given that I'm seeing very few schools in those districts with majority of white elementary students (still working my way through middle and high school data).

But perhaps a lot has changed in ten years. The 'white flight' hasn't come to those areas?

It sounds like the districts with majority of non-white students (2, 3, 4) are where mostly non-white families live, do I have that correct? So it's not an issue of many white families living there and deliberately choosing not to use CMS.

I do see more majority white students in District 1, though not all. I haven't been able to get any data on Highland Creek (new school to help with overcrowding at Blythe?) and JV Washam, University Meadows Elementary.
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Old 03-28-2007, 05:16 PM
 
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I don't have the numbers in front of me but if I had to guess by looking at the map I'd say that districts 1, 5 and 6 are majority white. Tell me if I'm wrong.
I'm not finding CMS district 6. Do you know what areas that covers? I only have lists for Districts 1-5.
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Old 03-28-2007, 05:28 PM
 
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I'm not finding CMS district 6. Do you know what areas that covers? I only have lists for Districts 1-5.
Board district 6 covers (or covered) the SE part of the county.

Regarding white flight: Actually, district 4 may have been evenly split between whites and minorities but district 3 was certainly white 10 years ago, even moreso 15 or 20 years ago.
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Old 03-28-2007, 05:41 PM
 
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JV Washam opened this year. There may not be to much data as of yet.
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Old 03-28-2007, 05:52 PM
 
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Thanks for the heads up on District 6. Missed that on the CMS website somehow!

Yes, I assumed JV is too new for data. Though now I know children are counting to 100, not 30! Every little helps in my research.
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Old 03-28-2007, 05:58 PM
 
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ahhh! Thankyou
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Old 03-28-2007, 06:16 PM
 
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Information about Highland Creek:

Highland Creek serves 927 students in K-5 with a total of 39 classrooms.
Highland Creek has a K-5 population of 927 students which includes 25.6% African Americans, 62.6% White, 3.1% Asia, 4.5% Hispanic, .1% American Indian, and 4.1% Multi-Racial. We have a total of 9.6% students on free or reduced lunch. Our exceptional population includes 5.6% students with 3.3% Limited English Proficient (LEP).

My daughter is in the 4th grade at HC. Do you have any specific questions?
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