• Family and Community Engagement

    Welcome to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS)! Our district has a strong commitment to family and community engagement, and we are excited about the opportunity to serve you and your family this school year. As the school district’s primary outreach division, the Family and Community Engagement department is  responsible for coordinating family support and participation throughout CMS. Our goal is to educate and support the development of the whole child – academically, socially, and emotionally – so every student in CMS can experience success in school and in life. Your participation is crucial in achieving this goal.

    This handbook is designed to give you an overview of what to expect from your experience in CMS, as well as to provide you with the information you will need to ensure that your child has a successful school year.

    At CMS, we recognize that learning is a partnership between families and schools. Your input is extremely valuable to us, and we invite you to contact the Family and Community Engagement Department at familyengagement@cms.k12.nc.us with any questions or recommendations. 

Opportunities to Get Involved In Your Child’s School

  • Attend School Informational Events

  • Register as a Volunteer

  • Join or Attend School Improvement Teams

  • Join a Parent Leadership Organization

Monitoring Your Child’s Academic Progress

  • Monitoring Your Child’s Academic Progress

    CMS offers a variety of tools to keep you informed about your child's academic journey. For students in grades 3-13, PowerSchool is the primary platform providing accurate, up-to-date information on grades and attendance. We encourage you to use PowerSchool to monitor your child's progress and address any concerns as they arise.

  • PowerSchool

CMS Structure and School Staff Roles

  • Learning Communities

    Our district has ten learning communities with each having its own learning community assistant superintendent. Our eleventh learning community, the division of Enrichment and Academic Support, is led by our Chief Administrator, Jaron Carson. Organizing our district’s learning communities by grade-level ensures an intentional instructional focus in addition to a focus for our students, staff, and families to have access to resources within their communities. If you have questions or concerns, it is always best to contact your child’s teacher and/or principal first. The learning community structure also allows for district level support and intervention. To find out what learning community your school is assigned to, please visit https://charmeckschools.org/learningcommunities or call 980-343-3000.

    School Contacts

    Your child’s school has a variety of support resources that are available to you. The most important person to know is your child’s classroom teacher. You can contact your child’s teacher by writing a note, sending an email, calling the school or visiting the classroom. In addition to the teacher, there are many other staff members who help families and students succeed in education, including:

    • The principal is the lead school administrator. S/he serves as the instructional leader of the school and is responsible for student grade level placement and overall school operations.

    • The assistant principal supports the principal as a member of the school’s administrative team and often manages different areas such as student discipline, scheduling, transportation and other support services.

    • The school counselor provides leadership for the implementation of the North Carolina Guidance curriculum, counseling for students, and consultation for parents and staff.

    • Resource teachers and literacy and math facilitators are trained in special strategies to help students overcome learning challenges in reading and math.

    • Multilingual Learner (ML) teachers work with students and families who are identified as ML based on the state-identified English Language Proficiency tests (WIDA Screener and ACCESS). 

    • Speech therapists help children improve their written and spoken language communication.

    • The school nurse assists with student health and medical needs.

    • The school psychologist provides mental health support, consultative services and evaluations for students.

    • The school social worker helps assess various student needs and connects students and families with critical school and community services.

    • School family advocates provide support and resources to parents and students in most Title I schools.

    Every school is supported by a team of people with different areas of expertise who are dedicated to ensuring that your child receives a quality education. Additional information regarding the different roles of student support staff is included in this handbook. Please feel free to reach out to the appropriate staff member with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your child’s educational experience.

Other Tips For Student Success

  • Below are a few educational habits that you can adopt to support your child’s academic success.

  • Visit your child’s school regularly

  • Create learning opportunities at home

  • Advocate for your child

  • Have family fun!