• Strategic Plan 2024-2029

  •     Our strategic plan enables excellence without exception.
        Our vision and mission have driven our goals and guardrails, which collectively enable four pillars of excellence across our school system – academic excellence, people excellence, operational excellence, and engagement excellence.

        This information is the foundation for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools continuous improvement process.
        The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education establishes the mission, vision and core beliefs as well as the student outcomes focused goals and guardrails for the school district. The 2024-29 Strategic Plan is organized by four pillars of excellence. While the academic pillar is most closely aligned with the goals, the three other pillars - people, operations, and engagement - are critical to the achievement of the goals. There are 18 priorities in the strategic plan. Seventy (70) action-oriented strategies were identified to support the 18 priorities.


    The mission of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is to create an innovative, inclusive, student-centered environment that supports the development of independent learners.



    The vision of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is to lead the community in educational excellence, inspiring intellectual curiosity, creativity, and achievement so that all students reach their full potential.



    We believe that:

    • Public education is essential to democracy and necessary for economic opportunity, mobility and the broader public good.
    • We are responsible for building and maintaining a high performing school district.
    • Each student is uniquely capable and deserves an engaging, relevant, and challenging educational experience.
    • Our principals and teachers make the critical difference in student achievement and building a positive school community.
    • The school system, families and communities are necessary partners in ensuring the academic, social, emotional and behavioral success of our students.


    Based on these Core Beliefs, we are committed to:

    • Providing an effective Superintendent to lead the District.
    • Ensuring that all students achieve their full potential.
    • Ensuring that each student has an effective teacher.
    • Ensuring that an effective principal leads every school.
    • Giving all students access to a well-rounded, rigorous curriculum that is evidence-based and data-informed.
    • Preparing all students to be successful in institutions of higher learning or the workforce.
    • Creating safe and orderly working and learning environments.
    • Securing and allocating the necessary resources to pursue our vision and mission.
    • Operating effectively and efficiently with fiscal accountability.
    • Embracing our community’s diversity and using it to enhance the educational environment.
    • Providing and encouraging engagement opportunities for all students’ families.
    • Partnering with community members to maximize student learning.


    CMS leads the way, charting a pathway of endless possibilities, for students and employees, through a connected ecosystem of families, community and organizations, both public and private.


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