Six things families need to know about the student-assignment lottery

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools online magnet student-assignment lottery will close at 10 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 13. Here are a few tips for families to keep in mind as they prepare to make their selections.

• Know the deadline
Families can submit applications from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., daily, through Monday, Feb. 13.

• Know where to find the online application
Link to the application:

Directions to the application: On the CMS homepage, click on the 2012-2013 Magnet/Student-Assignment Lottery link, which is located on the left of the webpage.

The online application is available in both Spanish and English, and CMS will provide free computer access at the Family Application Center (700 Marsh Rd.) and at all zone offices through Feb. 13. Computers at these locations will be available from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Families can contact Student Placement for assistance from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 980-343-5335. Spanish-speaking representatives are available.

• Make sure your child is enrolled as a current or future student
Students new to CMS in the 2012-2013 school year must have enrolled in the system by Dec. 2 to be eligible for the first magnet lottery. Students who enrolled after Dec. 2 will be eligible for the second magnet lottery, which runs from March 14 to June 4.

• Have your student identification and PIN numbers readily available
CMS sent individual assignment notifications home with all current students beginning the first week of January. This mailing included each student’s identification and PIN numbers, as well as directions for online application to the magnet lottery. Students who are new to CMS and students assigned to Title I Choice schools received the information in the mail.

• Know your options
When you enter your student’s information, the application will automatically populate with the schools to which your student is eligible to receive transportation. You will have the opportunity to follow a link to see a list of more schools.

CMS will offer nine magnet programs at 37 schools (17 full-magnet schools and 20 partial-magnet schools) for the 2012-2013 school year. Magnet themes include International Baccalaureate; Military and Global Leadership; Leadership and Global Studies; Montessori; Learning Immersion/Talent Development; Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM); Traditional; Visual and Performing Arts and World Languages. All CMS students are taught the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. Magnet programs address students’ special abilities or talents.

• Reassignment notifications
Lottery assignment notifications letters will be sent to families in late February. The letters give assignments through the lottery process and provide information on how to ask for reassignment.

For more information on the CMS student assignment lottery, call 980-343-5030, email or