School Choice Information Page
Please visit our interactive pathway site for information on current options that are available for your child to apply for in Cabarrus County Schools.
 
 
The Cabarrus County Board of Education voted 5 to 2 to approve a modified version of the School Choice Plan at a special called meeting on Monday, July 18th. Click here for a summary of our new opportunities.  
 
 
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Continue to check this page as information will continually be updated.
Q&A  
 
General
 
There is a lot of confusion on when the changes will take place; can you please clarify?
The current plan is a proposal. The CCS Board of Education will vote and if approved, these changes will not occur until August of 2017. No changes to Magnet/School Choice schools will occur this upcoming school year (2016-2017) 
 
Where can I find the Free and Reduced Lunch information that is being referred to in the School Choice Plan?
Free and Reduced Lunch information can be found here.

How are you going to communicate these changes to our Hispanic community? 
We will be hosting a School Choice Community Forum with translators and will be translating our documents into Spanish. These will be posted on our website.
 
What is the projected percentage of neighborhood students vs. magnet students?
We are projecting 400 neighborhood students and 600 magnet students at JN Fries Middle School. 
 
What is School Choice? Does it only impact middle school?
School Choice refers to any school in CCS with a designated program that students may attend from outside their attendance zone. Currently we offer IB, STEM, Language Immersion, Year Round, Early College and NAF Academies at our High Schools.
 
What does NAF stand for?
NAF stands for National Academy Foundation
 
Has the STEM program been successful in Cabarrus County Schools?
It most certainly has! We launched our STEM program in the Fall of 2011 with programs at Coltrane-Webb Elementary and J.N. Fries Magnet Schools. The STEM program at Central Cabarrus High School opened in 2012 and due to demand, we expanded the program at the elementary level in 2013, completing the only K-12 STEM pipeline in North Carolina!

On June 2nd, State Superintendent June Atkinson and the N.C. Department of Public Instruction recognized our STEM programs as Distinguished STEM Schools on the Model Level. This is the state’s highest rating for STEM schools. To receive this honor, each program completed an arduous application process outlining its STEM teaching and learning practices. Eighteen schools applied for the designation; only eight were selected for site visits. During site visits, judges toured classrooms, reviewed student work and participated in panel discussions with students, parents and business partners. Judges walked away impressed with the rigor and talent within our STEM programs.
 
STEM Recognition  
 
Plan Details
 
STEM

 
Will Central Cabarrus High School still be a STEM Magnet?
Yes, CCHS will remain a STEM School.
 
Do neighborhood families have the option to opt out of JN Fries if they and their students do not wish for a STEM education? 
Yes, if a family living in the JN Fries boundary does not wish to attend a STEM school they may submit a transfer request. Once approved they will be assigned a new middle school and they will need to provide their own transportation.
 
Please click here for more information.
 
Since PES is a STEM School will they still track to a STEM middle school? What is their middle school? 
Patriots Elementary School feeds into two middle schools; CC Griffin Middle School and Hickory Ridge Middle School. If a child would like to continue on in the STEM pipeline, their path would be:
  • If you are zoned for CCGMS your child will attend STEM at CCGMS
  • If you are zoned for HiRMS, your family will sign the Intent Form for attend JN Fries Middle School for STEM
How will the STEM Middle Schools be structured?
There will be STEM teams at CCGMS and NWCMS. Families will be able to select a STEM team or non- STEM team for their child. JN Fries Middle School will be whole school STEM because it will be a Magnet school with students applying to be in the program.
 
Will students from PES continuing on at either CCGMS or JNFMS need to apply for the STEM program for Middle School?
No. Students at PES are in the STEM pipeline and will not need to apply to continue on in STEM, however, they will need to sign intent to stay in the program and be placed on a STEM team.
 
If my child enters JN Fries this year, in 2016, will he still go to CCHS when he enters high school in 2019? Or will there be specific zoned areas around NWHS and CCHS?
Your home high school will determine your STEM pipeline for the high school program. However, NCHS will begin with a 9th grade cohort first in 2017 and add a grade every year.  
 
I am concerned that children who are placed into the program because they live near the school will not have the same interest in STEM or be prepared for the program. What is the plan for this?
We are excited to be able to offer STEM and IB to more students in CCS. Both STEM and IB are taught with a real world focus that benefits all students. Students will be in leveled core classes, as they are at all Middle Schools.  
 
Will students who are applying to JNFMS but don't live in the neighborhood still need to keep the 80% in each class and pass the EOGS in order to get in and stay in STEM?
This is no longer standard practice for middle school magnet programs. In 2015 our BOE voted to eliminate the grade and EOG standard once a student has been accepted into a magnet program. A student can be removed for behavior and not obeying school rules.  
 
Will Patriots Elementary still be STEM?
Yes. PES will remain a STEM school. They will not accept students outside their neighborhood district, but will continue to offer the STEM program to their students. Rising 6th graders leaving PES will attend the STEM middle school for their zone. 
 
When will the new STEM programs begin at each school?
The proposed plan would be implemented in the 2017-2018 school year. No changes will be made to students or placements this school year (2016-2017). 
 
Does an elementary school student have to be part of the STEM program to gain admission into JN Fries?
No. Students may apply to the program if they do not attend a STEM School.  
 
Would STEM school elementary students get a higher preference for admission at JN Fries, as compared to students from non STEM programs/non-magnet schools?
Yes. Students that are in the STEM Pipeline are the first students that are enrolled and/or placed in the lottery for continuation in the program.

Can my rising 6th grader who is entering CC Griffin still be entered into the STEM program once it's implemented there?
Yes. The STEM program will not be implemented at CCGMS until 2017-2018. We will implement STEM at all three grade levels in 2017-2018. 
Will my student need to change their school based on the new plan if they have already started? For example - I have a rising 6th grader that will attend JN Fries next year. In 2017 when NCMS opens their STEM track will he/she be forced out of JN Fries or will he/she be able to finish her Middle School STEM track at JN Fries? 
No. If a student starts at a school before 2017-2018 they will be able to stay at that school throughout the duration of their years at that school. Transportation will be offered through a designated hub stop or a family can provide their own transportation. 
 
Can a child currently enrolled in the Spanish Immersion program at Carl Furr Elementary switch to a STEM middle school?
Yes. Any student can apply to any School Choice program. A student at CA Furr in Spanish Immersion, zoned for Winkler MS, would access STEM education at JN Fries Middle School. 
 
Is it mandatory for students at C.C. Griffin to be involved in the STEM program?
Students at CCGMS (and NCMS) will be offered a spot in STEM. If they accept they will be in the program. If they decline they will not be required to take STEM courses.
What if a student at JNFMS does not want to be in the STEM Program?
If a family decides they do not want to attend JNFMS because of the STEM program they may fill out a transfer request. Our committee will review the request and if granted, the family will be assigned a new middle school. Transportation will be the responsibility of the family.
 
Please click here for more information. 
 
IB

How can the IB program, as it is as JNFries, be successful in a high-needs school?

According to the IB website; “The MYP is inclusive by design; students of all interests and academic abilities can benefit from their participation. Implementation of the MYP is a whole-school endeavor, although the programme can accommodate academically-selective models. “ We will continue to teach the curriculum through IB, that way students will maintain the rigor they are accustomed to. Cabarrus County Schools is eager to grow the IB program using the whole school approach, as recommended by the International Baccalaureate Organization. Teachers are currently starting their training so that they will be prepared for all levels of students in 2017-2018. 
 
Will Concord Middle School and Winkler Middle School need to pursue their IB Authorization?
Yes. Both schools will begin their authorization journey in 2017 with hopes of authorization in 2019.
 
How will Language Immersion continue through the IB program?
Immersion students will receive half of their coursework in the target language (Mandarin or Spanish) throughout their middle school years. The curriculum will be through the International Baccalaureate. 
 
Where will current middle school IB students go to school if JN Fries no longer has the IB program?
Students will go to either CMS or HEWMS depending on their home middle school. 
 
Will IB still be in place at JN Fries for the 2016-2017 school year?
Yes. The proposed plan would not be implemented until the 2017-2018 school year. 

What will happen to the IB students at JN Fries during the 2017-2018 school year?

The proposed plan would move IB out of JNFMS and into CMS and HEWMS. Please see the IB pathway chart for school placement. 
 
What is the plan for IB authorization at the CMS and HEWMS?
CMS and HEWMS will begin the IB authorization process immediately with hopes of designation by 2019.

Will Concord High School remain an IB school even after a new IB high school is built in 2019 or 2020?

Yes. The program at CHS will remain. 
 
Will Weddington Elementary School continue to be IB in 2017?
Yes. 
 
Will an IB student at Fries be allowed to switch to stem in order to stay at Fries in 2017?
Students will be able to apply to the STEM program if they are a current IB student.
 
If the new IB high school will be built in 2019 or 2020 and it takes 2 years for IB certification, will the students who graduate BEFORE the school is IB certified get the DP?
Once the new high school is open, they will accept one grade level every year. The school will be working on obtaining the IB accreditation so that those student that entered in their 9th grade year will be a part of an accredited program as they enter the Diploma Programme. Students in their final two years of DP will be permitted to attend CHS so that they graduate from an accredited IB Program.
 
Will students who have attended Spanish Immersion (say at Furr) have access to the IB program at the middle school level (say Winkler) or will they not be on that track since Furr is not IB?
Yes. Students that are in the Language Immersion program will have access to the IB Program at CMS and HEWMS
 
PLC 

 
Where will the PLC be located?
CCS is actively researching relocation options for the PLC.
 
How many seats will be available if the PLC is moved?
There are approximately 150 students in the PLC, therefore those spaces would go toward neighborhood and magnet students if the PLC is moved to a new location.
 
STEM & IB 

 
How will the new STEM and IB programs be implemented at NCHS and the new High School?
Both programs will be implemented with a 9th grade cohort. We will add a grade every year. 
Will students in the IB and STEM Program have access to technology?
Yes. Our district will commit to providing technology at both programs. 
 
How will these changes affect those students on the wait list at JN Fries?
Students may continue to apply for the STEM and IB program when the application for Magnets open in November 2016.
 
Will each IB and STEM student have a Chromebook?
All STEM students will be issued an individual Chromebook. IB students will operate in the same way as all other schools. 
 
Other Plan Details 

 
Will students be “grandfathered” into a school they already started prior to the plans implementation?
Yes. A student may continue on at the school they started for the duration of their time in that grade band, unless the program they enrolled in is no longer at that school. Example – If an IB student at JNFMS wanted to stay at JNFMS for the 2017-2018 school year, they would need to apply to the STEM program.
 
Will JN Fries offer before school care?
JNFMS does offer before school care for the 2016-2017 school year. This is a yearly decision based on interest and resources.

Would JN Fries continue to have a lottery process for admission?
Yes, if needed.

Can I still enroll my child in in the year round school at Wolf Meadow?
Yes. Applications for Wolf Meadow year round schools are still open. Please visit our magnet website for the application.
 
Please click here for more information.
 
Currently at JN Fries, all the classes are taught at an Honors level. Now that the requirements to get in have been removed, will the classes be all regular-ed type classes?
JNFMS will continue to teach Honor’s level courses as well as non-Honor’s level courses. Problem Based Learning can be taught at any level. This instructional method encourages hands-on, real life scenarios that are beneficial for all students at all levels.
 
What does the zoning look like for these schools? Can you provide a table to show which schools will feed into which School? 

Elementary

Language Immersion ** Only rising kindergarten students may apply
 

C.A. Furr
Spanish 
Immersion

Rocky River
Spanish 
Immersion

Winecoff
Spanish
Immersion

Cox Mill
Mandarin
Immersion

Cox Mill
Pitts School Road
Weddington Hills
Wolf Meadow
W.R. Odell

A.T. Allen
Bethel
Harrisburg
Mt. Pleasant
Patriots
R. Brown McAllister

Beverly Hills
C.E. Boger
Coltrane-Webb
Royal Oaks

 

All Elementary Schools

 

STEM

Coltrane-Webb

R. Brown McAllister

Beverly Hills

C.A. Furr
Cox Mill
Weddington Hills
W.R. Odell

A.T. Allen
Bethel
Harrisburg
Mt. Pleasant
Pitts School Road
Rocky River
Wolf Meadow

C.E. Boger
Royal Oaks
Winecoff
W.M. Irvin

IB

W. R. Irvin *includes Spanish Immersion

Weddington Hills

A.T. Allen
Beverly Hills*
Bethel
Coltrane-Webb
Harrisburg
Mt. Pleasant
Patriots
Pitts*
R. Brown McAllister
Rocky River
Royal Oaks
Weddington*
Wolf Meadow* 

Boger
Beverly Hills*
Carl A. Furr
Cox Mill
Pitts*
Weddington*
Winecoff
Wolf Meadow*
W.R. Odell 1 and 2

*Based on middle school boundary

 

 
Middle School

STEM
 

CCGMS

J.N. Fries

NCMS

CCGMS

HRMS
HiRMS
MPMS
CMS
HEWMS

NCMS 

IB and Language Immersion

CMS

HEWMS

CCGMS
HiRMS
MPMS
JNFMS

HRMS
NCMS

 
High School

STEM

NCHS STEM

CCHS STEM

CMHS
JMRHS
CHS

HRHS
MPHS

 

CHS – IB

CCHS
CMHS
HRHS
JMRHS
MPHS
NCHS

 
Program Requirements
 
Will CCHS still have the same academic requirements?
Yes. The program and requirements at CCHS will remain the same.  
 
Will there still be requirements to get into IB?
CMS and HEWMS will be whole school IB. The EOG level 2 in ELA and Math application requirement will remain for all students entering as magnet students. Students outside the CMS and HEWMS boundary will fill out an application for the program. However, the entire school will be taught through the International Baccalaureate program and each school will have differentiated pathways for students based on their academic level.
 
Staff Development
 
How are you going to make sure that EACH STEM program is consistent and that students are receiving the same experience?
We have some of the best STEM teachers in the state of North Carolina as evidenced by our NC State STEM “Model” Distinction. We will be contracting with these teachers as well as professional PBL trainers to offer the most comprehensive professional development possible for all of our incoming STEM teachers. We will also offer mentoring and ongoing training for new and current STEM teachers.

Will all teachers be STEM teachers or will a select few be trained? 
All teachers at JN Fries will go through STEM PBL training. Any teacher on a STEM team at CCGMS and NWCMS will go through the same STEM PBL training. 
 
Will teachers be taken from magnet schools to fulfill STEM teaching spots at other schools?
STEM teachers would not be required to move, however, we will use current JN Fries STEM teachers to train CCGMS and NCMS.
 
Transportation

Will families be split if one child attends JN Fries and the sibling is supposed to go to another STEM School because of our address?
Siblings can stay together within the same school. Transportation will be offered through a designated hub stop or a family providing his or her own transportation.

When NWHS opens their STEM Track in 2017 will students who are attending CCHS BUT zoned for NWHS be forced to switch schools? If not, will bussing be provided?
No. Students that have started at CCHS will continue to attend CCHS. Transportation hubs will be continued. NCHS will open with a 9th grade cohort and will grow by a grade every year.
 
Last Modified on December 20, 2016
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