Preliminary figures show enrollment drop in CMS

WFAE reports that the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools have 465 fewer students than a year ago.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has seen its first significant enrollment drop, according to a report posted Monday. And the district’s Hispanic enrollment hit a milestone as well.

CMS has 146,687 students this year, down by 465 from last year. That’s a decline of less than half a percent, but it’s the first significant slump since enrollment began leveling off two years ago. (Last year CMS initially reported a slight gain, then revised later to say it was down by seven students.)

This is a huge deal for a district that added well over 27,000 students between 2005 and 2015.

The increased availability of educational options likely plays a role, although we will not know for sure until charter school enrollment figures are released over the next two months.



Terry Stoops / Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies

Terry Stoops is the Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies at the John Locke Foundation. Before joining the Locke Foundation, he worked as the progra...