The Charlotte community is proud of what Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) offers, and the district’s slogan matches its vision. CMS provides a strong foundation in the basics — reading, writing and mathematics — and much, much more to prepare students to be globally competitive.

Charlotte Mecklenburg School System fact sheet

Private & Charter Schools


Higher education is as important in the affairs of the Charlotte Metro Region as business and government. This is especially apparent in the partnership between the city’s colleges and universities and the rest of the community. Within the region:

  • Eighteen public and private secondary institutions offer a wide range of baccalaureate degrees.
  • Twelve schools offer graduate opportunities — master or doctoral programs — in a variety of disciplines.
  • Fifteen junior colleges, community colleges and technical institutes confer two-year associate degrees.
  • In the North Carolina portion of the Charlotte Metro Region, there are seven community colleges that are part of the state system of community colleges.

Excellence abounds among the institutions offering students a variety of learning environments from large, diverse campuses to small, denominational settings. Tuition for four-year degree programs ranges from $4,250 annually for a North Carolina resident living off campus at a public school to $38,784 for a private college student living on campus.

Central Piedmont Community College works with local businesses to create workforce development classes. Learn more here.

Charlotte Education Overview

Higher learning in Mecklenburg County

Higher learning in the region

Higher learning in NC

Higher learning in SC