Our Impact

Charlotte-Mecklenburg has experienced tremendous growth in the last two decades and the demographics continue to change.

The gap between high and low income households is growing and the number of socio-economically stressed children and families in CMS schools has increased. Consider these facts:

  • Charlotte ranks third in the nation for the largest increase in the total number of residents living in poverty from 2000 to 2012.*
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg has twice the number of people living in poverty compared to 10 years ago.*
  • Poverty is growing more concentrated. Charlotte-Mecklenburg has three times as many people living in poor areas compared to 10 years ago.*
  • In 2001 there were 12 high-poverty, high minority schools; today there are more than 70. (N.C. DPI)

* Brookings Institution analysis of American Community Survey data

A recent study of math and reading test scores from across the country found that parental socioeconomic status and residential segregation are the strongest predictors of the academic achievement gap between white students and students of color.

2017-2018 School Year
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students received targeted case-management services in 46 CMS schools.

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students received less intensive services such as in-kind resources, cultural enrichment, college and career awareness, etc.

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of students receiving CIS core services stayed in school.

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were promoted to the next grade.

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had an average daily attendance of 90% or above.

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CIS seniors graduated.

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partner companies, groups, and individuals donated their time or resources.

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