Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) enrolls more than 125,000 students in grades K-12, making it the 25th largest Education (4)school system nationwide. The county’s 150 schools offer students challenging programs and competent educators.

The CMS system has risen to the challenge of the ABCs of public education in order to publicly measure each schools activity. The ABCs are a statewide performance accountability plan for elementary and middle schools. The plan measures school growth from one year to the next based on the overall growth of the statewide system.

For more information on CMS and surrounding schools, go to the SCHOOLS page.

Education (5)Within the region, twelve public and private senior institutions offer a wide range of baccalaureate degrees and six of them offer graduate opportunities – master and doctoral programs – in a variety of disciplines.

Eight junior colleges, community colleges and technical institutes confer two-year associate degrees. In the North Carolina portion of the Charlotte Metro Region, there are five community colleges which are part of the state system of community colleges. South Carolina offers business, industry and continuing training through a state system of technical institutes. Institutions offer students a variety of learning environments from large, diverse campuses to small, denominational settings. We are fortunate to have 23 colleges and universities that serve over 70,000 students.

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The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is known to be one of the best education values available. Central Piedmont Community College is one of the top five two-year institutions in the country. Other colleges and universities include Johnson & Wales, Davidson College, Johnson C. Smith University, Pfeiffer University and Queens University.