CMS to grow next year

School started two months ago in Mint Hill and Mecklenburg County, but it’s never too early to start discussing next year. Charlotte-Mecklneburg Schools already expects more students next year, and the system released today 2009-2010 magnet enrollment information and nonmagnet enrollment changes for next school year.

School started less than two months ago, but parents can already look ahead to the next school year. The student-enrollment process for the 2009-2010 school year officially started October 6, and new students must be enrolled by Dec. 23, 2008, to be eligible for the first magnet lottery, which will be open from Jan. 9 – Feb. 9, 2009. Families who are enrolled by the December 23 deadline will receive a personalized magnet lottery instruction sheet in the mail during the first week of January.

There are three major changes for the 2009-2010 enrollment process. First, there is a new age requirement for kindergarten students. Children must be five years old on or before Aug. 31, 2009, to be considered for kindergarten. Students must be four years old on or before Aug. 31, 2009, to be considered for pre-kindergarten.

The procedures for providing proof of Mecklenburg County residency are also new for the 2009-2010 school year. Starting Oct. 6, 2008, families must provide three documents that provide proof of residency. There are three categories of acceptable documents; parents must submit one document from each category. Category one includes a copy of a lease and record of the most recent rent payment, or a record of the most recent mortgage payment. Category two includes a utility bill dated within the past 30 days, and category three includes a valid driver’s license, vehicle tax bill, or valid passport. Click here to see the complete list of acceptable documents.

There is also a change for students transferring into CMS. Parents or guardians must fill out a Safe Schools Enrollment Declaration per North Carolina law. The declaration states whether the student is under suspension or expulsion from any public or private school, or whether the student has been convicted of a felony. Click here to read the Safe Schools Enrollment document.

In addition to these new forms, parents must also provide an official birth certificate (with seal) and a copy of the student’s current immunization record. New student enrollment forms are available on the CMS Web site, at any school, learning community office, or the Family Application Center, 700 Marsh Road. For more information, please call the Family Application Center at 980-343-5335 or e-mail student.placement@cms.k12.nc.us.

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