Board of Education
Core Beliefs


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.


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

Core Beliefs and Commitments

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 a clear Theory of Action and an effective Superintendent to lead its implementation.
  • 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.
P.O. Box 30035
Charlotte, NC 28230-0035
Phone: 980-343-3000
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