Moving to Charlotte

Charlotte is a family friendly place to live, offering families many educational choices and opportunities. Currently, our region boasts 164 public schools, 85 private schools and over 25 charter schools. An important part of our consulting practice is helping families who are relocating to Charlotte learn the ins and outs of the private, public, magnet and charter school systems.   The Charlotte Mecklenburg Public School (CMS) system is composed of zones so where you live determines your home school situation and guarantees you a placement. Families do have other schooling options available to consider but these options are not guaranteed.



Charlotte Skyline – Photo Courtesy of Christina B.

The number of school choices in Charlotte is growing. We are here to help you understand your options and the steps you need to take in this sometimes overwhelming school search process.   We will discuss what the big trends are in Charlotte and what is likely to be coming down the road in the next couple of years. For families moving here we emphasize that finding the right house should be based first on finding the right school.

At present we consult on independent schools, CMS, charter and magnet schools.  We will consult with you concerning your schooling options available including: zoned-based schools, learning immersion, talent development, language programs, STEM programs and all types of charter schools. Please review our fees for individual personalized consultations.

Please note that to be eligible to register for CMS district schools you will need to have certain documents on hand. These documents include proof of residency, a birth certificate and a health immunization record.  Remember, our goal is to make this process stress-free and manageable for you!  You will be school savvy and confident!

We offer three consulting plans for families. The type of plan depends on the family’s goals for their child, the number of children requiring services and the types of schools being targeted.  After our initial phone contact, families are directed to the appropriate plan.  The cost for helping you find the perfect school is approximately $100 per hour. Our family sessions can be held via telephone or at your home, office, or on-line. 

School Search 101

  • Not sure where to begin? This plan helps families develop a school search strategy for their child. We also provide a best-fit school recommendation to get you started.

Advanced School Search

  • This comprehensive plan is for families needing more in-depth assistance in finding the right school. Our personalized discussions about your child’s needs and your educational priorities guides our research and helps us analyze school options. We provide best-fit school recommendations for you to explore.

Premier School Investigation

  • Families facing a complicated school search situation may need more in-depth expertise. This plan may involve multiple children or unique circumstances that require more detailed research and discussion of needs. The plan also fits families who are relocating to Charlotte.

Parent Seminars

  • This 60 minute seminar, priced per person, provides families with strategic knowledge and practical steps to take for a successful school search. This seminar is reserved for groups requesting our service. Prior approval required before registration. NOTE: $15.00 per person.