Charlotte Charter Schools

While they originally started in the early 1990′s in Minnesota, charter schools have become very popular in Charlotte NC.  They are independently operated public schools.  The purpose behind Charter Schools is to serve as a laboratory, of sorts, for approaching education from different angles, with fewer rules and regulations to govern specific methods.  They are completely created and run by parents, teachers, and/or community leaders.  While they receive the same funding as public schools, there are less restrictions on  how the school is run, enabling more freedom for the administrators, as well as the teachers.  These schools must be approved by the NC Board of Education before they can open.  Additionally they are subject to reviews ensuring that certain guidelines are being met.

Charter schools in North Carolina admit students through a lottery. While location is not as big of a factor admission to Charlotte charter schools, you will want to research the public schools your new home is zoned for in case your child is not admitted through the lottery their first year.

To search for homes by school, contact us and we can narrow your search based on your school preference.

Carolina International School
8810 Hickory Ridge Road
Harrisburg, NC 28075
Grades:  K-8
The Community Charter School
926 Elizabeth Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28204
Grades:  K-5
Metrolina Regional Scholar’s Academy
7000 Endhaven Lane
Charlotte, NC 28262
Grades:  K-8
Charlotte Secondary School
8310 McAlpine Station Drive
Charlotte, NC
Grades:  6-8
Expanding to 6-12
Crossroads Charter High
5500 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28213
Grades:  9-12
Pine Lake Prepatory
NC 115
Mooresville, NC
Grades:  K-12
Children’s Attention Home
PO Box 2912
Rock Hill, SC 29732
Grades:  K-8
Kennedy School
1717 Sharon Road West
Charlotte, NC 28210
Grades:  6-12
Socrates Academy
8310 McAlpine Road
Charlotte, NC 28270
Grades:  K-5
Children’s Community School
565 Griffith Street
Davidson, NC 28036
Grades:  K-3
Kipp Academy Charlotte
Grades:  5-6
Expanding to 5-8
Sugar Creek Charter School
4101 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28206
Grades:  K-8
The Children’s School at Sylvia Circle
929 Sylvia Circle
Rock Hill, SC 29730
Grades:  K3-5
Lake Norman Charter School
12820 South Church Street
Huntersville, NC 28078
Grades: 5-8
Union Academy
3828 Old Charlotte Highway
Monroe, NC 28110
York Preparatory Academy
1047 Golden Gate Ct.
Rock Hill, SC 29730
Grades: K-12

Contact us today and we will be in touch with you shortly to discuss your thoughts and priorities in Charlotte.

Public Schools

Public School Systems in North Carolina have been encouraged by the state to consolidate.  Thus many counties operate a single system, although there are areas (Mooresville, for example) that remain independent.  Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) is the largest system in the Carolinas, with over 128,000 students enrolled in various programs, including college prep, magnets, academically gifted, and technical.  CMS also offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, AP courses, and Magnet Programs – where specific schools focus on specialized areas such as foreign languages, sciences, or visual & performing arts.

Learn more about the schools in the Charlotte area at GreatSchools. For current “report cards” on each school system, visit NC School Report Cards.  There you will find detailed information on class size, performance, teachers, and more.

You might also find it helpful to see a map of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area.

When deciding on a public school for your children, school zoning plays an important role in your home choice.  We can help advise you on which neighborhoods are zoned for your school of choice. Contact us for help searching by school preference.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Mecklenburg County lies on the South Carolina State Line in the center of the state.
Cabarrus County Schools
Cabarrus County is located along the northeast border of Mecklenburg County.
Catawba County Schools
Catawba County is on the northwest corner of Mecklenburg County, along Lake Norman.
Gaston County Schools
Gaston County runs along the western border of Mecklenburg County.
Iredell-Statesville Schools
Iredell County lies directly north of Mecklenburg County.
Lincoln County Schools
Lincoln County is on the northwest border of Mecklenburg County on Lake Norman.
Mooresville Graded School District
The town of Mooresville is in southern Iredell County.
Union County Schools
Union County is located along the southeast border of Mecklenburg County.

Contact us today and we will be in touch with you shortly to discuss your thoughts and priorities in Charlotte.

Magnet Schools in Charlotte

Magnet Program Schools are a part of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System.  Various Elementary Schools, Middle Schools, and High Schools in the district have been designated as “Magnet” Schools.  A Magnet School will specialize in a specific area of study in addition to the traditional curriculum.  For more information on individual programs, please visit the CMS site.  Currently, the following Magnet programs are offered:

Contact us for more information on homes for sale in Charlotte and the surrounding areas near the magnet school of your choice.

Colleges and Universities

There are numerous well-respected colleges and universities in the Charlotte area.  Between them all, we have access to private, public, residential, commuter, 2-year, 4-year, and graduate programs.  Additionally, the North Carolina University system has a well known reputation, with Universities spread across the entire state.

The Art Institute of CharlotteThree Lake Pointe Plaza2110 Water Ridge ParkwayCharlotte, NC 28217


2-year private art institute

McColl School of Business at Queens University1900 Selwyn AvenueCharlotte, NC 28274704-337-2525

undergraduate and graduate business

Barber-Scotia College145 Cabarrus Ave. WestConcord, NC 28025704-789-2900

4-year private liberal arts

Montreat College School of Professionaland Adult Studies5200 77 Center Drive, Suite 100Charlotte, NC 28217


2-year and 4-year business

Belmont Abbey College100 Belmont-Mt. Holly RoadBelmont, NC 28012888-222-0110

4-year private liberal arts

Pfeiffer University at Charlotte4701 Park RoadCharlotte, NC 28209704-521-9116

4-year and graduate private liberal arts

Brookstone College of Business10125 Berkely Place DriveCharlotte, NC 28262704-547-8600

private business school

Queens University of Charlotte1900 Selwyn AvenueCharlotte, NC 28274704-337-2200

4-year and graduate private liberal arts

Carolinas College of Health Sciences1200 Blythe Blvd.Charlotte, NC 28203704-355-5043

2-year health sciences

Rowan-Cabarrus Community CollegeSouth Campus1531 Trinity Church RoadConcord, NC 28027


2 year public community college

Central Piedmont Community College1201 Elizabeth AvenueCharlotte, NC 28204704-330-2722

2 year public community college

South Piedmont Community College4201 Old Charlotte HighwayMonroe, NC 28110704-290-5100

2-year public community college

Charlotte School of Law1211 E. Morehead StreetCharlotte, NC 28204704-337-2688

law school

UNC Charlotte9201 University City Blvd.Charlotte, NC 28223704-687-2000

4-year and graduate public liberal arts,

business, engineering and architecture

Davidson CollegeNorth Main StreetDavidson, NC 28035704-894-2000

4-year private liberal arts

USC Lancaster476 Hubbard DriveLancaster, SC 29721803-313-7000

2-year community college

Gardner-Webb University110 Main StreetBoiling Springs, NC 28017704-406-4000

4-year private liberal arts

Wake Forest UniversityBabcock School of Management6805 Morrison Blvd., Suite 150Charlotte, NC 28211


2-year evening business program

Gaston College201 Highway 321 S.Dallas, NC 29034704-922-6200

2-year public community college

Wingate University313 Wilson StreetWingate, NC 28174704-233-8000

4-year and graduate private liberal arts

Johnson C. Smith University100 Beatties Ford RoadCharlotte, NC 28216704-378-1000

4-year private liberal arts

Winthrop University701 Oakland AvenueRock Hill, SC 29733803-323-2211

4-year and graduate public liberal arts

Johnson & Wales University801 W. Trade StreetCharlotte, NC 28202866-598-2427

4-year private career university

York Technical College452 S. Anderson RoadRock Hill, SC 29730803-327-8000

2-year public technical college

Kings College322 Lamar AvenueCharlotte, NC 28204704-372-0266

2-year private career college