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Public Schools in the Charlotte Area

Explore the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District!

Charlotte, North Carolina has some of the best public and private schools in the state. Its public school district, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, is the second largest school system in North Carolina with nearly 150,000 students enrolled at its 168 schools. It serves students in both the city of Charlotte and the suburbs in Mecklenburg County. Charlotte also has 79 private schools that were top rated by Private School Review.

Finding the right home in the Charlotte area often depends on the schools that are nearby. We hope that this information about the local school district will assist you in making the right choice. If you have any questions, give us a call at 704-400-4578 for more information. We are local area experts and are here to guide you through the home-buying process!

Top Schools in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg District

  • Providence High School: Top 10 school in North Carolina, North Carolina Honor School of Excellence
  • Metrolina Scholar's Academy: Blue Ribbon School 
  • Weddington Elementary School: Blue Ribbon School

District Overview

  • 176 total schools
  • Higher percentage of National Board Certified teachers than average
  • Lower than average teacher turnover rate

Important Info for CMS Parents

College and Prep for the Real World

Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools offer plenty of programs to ensure that students are ready for college and the post-secondary school world. Almost all high schools offer Advanced Placement (AP) courses and Career & College Promise (CCP) courses. In fact, Charlotte students are more likely to be enrolled in these courses than other students in North Carolina. Charlotte is also preparing its students for the digital age; on average, each student has access to their own device in school. This can include anything from laptops to iPads, which can contribute to student success.

Information About Getting to School

After you've picked the best school, you can learn where the nearest bus stops are and when each school starts. With so many schools, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools district relies on later start times to allow one bus to serve multiple schools.

With the exception of Cato Middle College High School (which starts at 11:20 AM), Charlotte's public schools start classes between 7:15 AM and 9:15 AM, dismissing in the early to mid-afternoon. You can view a list of start and end times by school here.

During the second week of August, bus information will be distributed for the upcoming school year. If you have a question about bus schedules when moving to your new home, you can call the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools student placement office at 980-343-5335.


The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school district offers sports teams at both the middle and high school levels. Sports offered include, but are not limited to: football, baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse, volleyball, golf, and tennis.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District website also offers information on sports practice and workout times. By visiting your child's school website, you can find out their coaches and schedules. With so many sports to choose from, there is bound to be something that your student will love!

Classes & Programs

Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools also offer a wide array of classes and extracurricular programs, including: Advanced Placement (AP) classes, Career & College Promise (CCP) classes, Gifted and Talented programs, sports, clubs, career guidance, and college counseling.

Extracurricular programs will vary greatly based on schools, so be sure to check out local school websites for personalized info on activities available to your student.

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Find Your Home in Charlotte!

It can be difficult to find homes in a school district your family will love. Thankfully, beginning your search in a renowned school district is a good place to start. But to learn how to find the best home in the best area of Charlotte, it takes a local expert to guide you step by step. This is where the Charlotte Home Links team comes in to help you find your dream home with the schools you've been eyeing.

What are you looking for in your new home in the Charlotte area? Let us know! You can call us any time at 704-400-4578 or go to our website for more info.