With our 2019-2020 student enrollment process drawing to a close, we are excited to be able to share the profile of the Charlotte Lab School's growing K-8 student body. We are thrilled that we continue to attract so many committed families from all over Charlotte who represent the diversity of our city geographically, racially, and socioeconomically. Our students...
Come from over 31 different zip codes: the zip codes with the highest numbers are 28211 (40), 28205 (31), 28207 (27), 28210 and 28203 (22 each);
Come from 52 out of the 91 CMS elementary schools; and,
Come from all over Mecklenburg County, in addition to a small number from Union and Gaston Counties.
See attached map, which shows (with an orange dot) every family who is enrolled at our school for next year. Diversity of our student body and faculty is critical to our model. In order to support our students' development of global awareness it is important for our students to get to know, work with, and learn alongside people who have different backgrounds and learning styles. Charlotte Lab School students will bring incredibly diverse academic backgrounds and personal experiences that will enrich our school community. Through our enrollment process, we have learned that:
45% of Charlotte Lab School students are Students of Color;
30% of Charlotte Lab School students qualify for free or reduced lunch prices;
more than half of Charlotte Lab School students will come from CMS schools or Magnet programs; and
a smaller percentage of Lab students will come from private schools and home school experiences.
You can find more demographic information, including students by grade level here. While we are proud of the diversity we have achieved with our founding classes we believe that we still have more work to do in order to ensure that our school truly represents the diversity of our city and that a Charlotte Lab School education is open and accessible to all students and families. In this spirit, we are:
Planning specific marketing and student recruitment activities in areas of the City/County from where we attracted fewer applicants;
Exploring strategies with the NC State Department of Public Instruction for improving our socioeconomic diversity, particularly as we become a more desirable and popular option for families; and
Designing curriculum and programs that will celebrate our diversity, provide multicultural experiences, and encourage diverse participation in our school community.
We strive to be a model for how powerful learning can be when a community brings together students from diverse backgrounds.