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Old 05-23-2010, 11:04 AM
Location: Chicago
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My husband and I are moving our family to Charlotte from Chicago this summer. We fell in love with the Ballantyne area when driving around town awhile ago. However, I'm very nervous about the schools because "everyone" seems to tell me to stay away from the CMS district. I see though that the schools in the Ballantyne area received great ratings on both Greatschools.org and NC Report cards. I'm thrilled! I'm still a bit cautious because I hear the public schools are making cut backs this up coming school year and I certainly don't want to purchase a new home and then find out things are going down hill with these schools. I have a Middle School child and Elem. school child. I need to find a great Elem, Middle, and High school in an area I love. Any thoughts or insight from anyone? Should I stick to Union county right now to be safer? I liked some areas there as well. Thanks!
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Old 05-23-2010, 11:14 AM
Location: Charlotte
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The schools are fine in Ballantyne - the best in cms. All the negativity about cms is overblown. Everyone seems to hate cms, but like their own individual school within cms! I know lots of families very happy with Hawk Ridge Elementary as as well as Ardrey Kell
Check out the school profiles on the CMS website which includes survey data of parents and students:
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Old 05-23-2010, 12:25 PM
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Your child will get a great education in CMS. I am a former CMS teacher and would send my children to many of their schools if I had any.
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Old 05-23-2010, 12:29 PM
Location: S. Charlotte
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We have kids in Ballantyne Elementary. They are doing fabulously well. Only one teacher was let go as of the end of this year, and this particular person was already planning on moving on to something else, according to some of the teachers.

Community House middle school and Ardrey Kell High school are also highly acclaimed. No worries with those either!

The reason you hear bad things about CMS is b/c the district itself is ridiculously big so the overall scores of all the schools get lumped together in terms of how the kids do (you can also see how each school is doing individually, of course), and therefore the good schools are in a sense lumped together with the struggling ones.

You really need to look at the schools individually vs "CMS school system".
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