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fguilfuchijr, Renter in Charlotte, NC

My job is moving me out to Charlotte North Carolina and I need to know where the best schools are and areas (zip codes) to live down there?

Asked by fguilfuchijr, Charlotte, NC Mon Aug 20, 2012

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I remember the feeling you must be experiencing... researching areas & schools, jobs, etc. My family relocated here 7 years ago, and schools was a HUGE factor with where we decided to live as we had young children. We chose Union County schools after much research, and have been very happy here. I also know Fort Mill has some amazing, award-winning schools. If I could do it all over again, I think I'd still choose Union County schools. We have found the teachers to be incredibly caring & gifted with teaching our kids. I am an involved parent and enjoy going into the schools for lunch duty, for reading to the class, or volunteering with special days. We chose Indian Trail because the neighborhood is affordable, and we have greatly enjoyed the schools (check out zip code 28079).
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Sep 16, 2012
Good afternoon, FguilfuchiJr.
Selecting a location is one of the most difficult things newcomers face because of the size of region. Charlotte is in Mecklenburg County - which is an 850 square mile area, and there are 11 surrounding counties. So, the job/business location will probably limit/focus your choices significantly.

What sometimes helps narrow the decision is schools. In the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area, of which Huntersville is a part, school districts are very large and many buyers are researching specific schools closely and giving me direction to search in specific high school attendance zones. Many high schools have AP or Honors or specialized tracks of study that create a "school within a school" that tend to have students who are there because they want to learn or who have parents who insist on a high standard. There are also several magnet schools that have excellent reputations.

You might want to take a look at the Trulia Blog link below "Which areas surrounding Charlotte would be a nice place to relocate?"...there are some good school links there. If you have a full time agent with a Masters degree in Planning with Finance and over two decades of experience, working for you, you will likely do better in negotiations. I'd be pleased to provide that service. ... if you appreciate this answer, please give it a "thumbs up", or if this was the most helpful answer, please say thanks with a "best answer" click .
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 21, 2012
Stay out of the city proper, Mecklenburg county if at all possible. Where will you be working?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 21, 2012
There are so many wonderful schools, public and private in the Charlotte and Union County area. I would start with an area that you feel is commutable from your new job and then check out the area schools. I have links to the Mecklenburg and Union County schools on my website. You can check each schools "report cards" to see how the schools perform on testing. I would then suggest taking a tour of some of the schools and see which are the best fit for you and your child. Of course, when considering the schools you also want to find the type of neighborhood that fits your wants as well. Do you prefer suburban, rural, city? These are all things that you need to consider. If you are not working with a buyer agent yet, I would love to assist you with your move and answer any questions you have about the different areas of Charlotte.

Best of luck to you and your family. I am sure you will love it here! I've been here 14 years after leaving NY and love it here.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 21, 2012
I will be relocating to charlotte after the school year starts. My husband will be working for a company near 100 ibm way in charlotte. My son is going into 11th grade. We thought that we might rent a home first and make sure that we like the area and school. We have no idea where to look. Any advice? We are also from New York.
Flag Thu Aug 23, 2012
Depending on which area you purchase in you may have some really good Public school options which could save you thousands of dollars rather going to Private schools. Some Union county schools also have good test score/ratings.

Please let me know if I can assist you further in your Charlotte area home search.


John Kelly
John Kelly Realty, LLC
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 21, 2012
Good morning,
The best schools are private schools which you will find in the Charlotte Parent Magazine. For private schools, I recommend Charlotte Country Day, Charlotte Latin, Countryside Montessori, Trinity Episcopal School, Charlotte Christian School, Davidson Day School, Cannon School. If you are Catholic, then the schools in that system are desirable. I understand that the Jewish faith and Muslim faith also have schools. The best colleges are the private colleges in The Ivy League. You get what you pay for in most cases. Now, the best public schools are another matter.
Most of the best performing public schools are in areas where there is good parental support of the schools or areas of affluence. There are charter schools here that many parents and kids like. You can look at websites of the various counties to see what the systems have to offer. Just google the county in question with the word schools.
Time prevents me from elaborating further, so call me or email me for a more detailed discussion.
Wishing you success,
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 21, 2012
How exciting! School test scores are available online. There is Mecklenburg County, Union County and Fort Mill School systems in the south Charlotte area. There are also surrounding counties up north. Give me a call or email me and let's discuss where your job is in location and we can go from there. I have a 3rd grader at Ballantyne Elem and am also on the PTA board.

Abby Nelson
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 21, 2012
Looking for schools that are the best in the Charlotte mecklenburg School System is tough. There are definitely areas of Charlotte that have better schools than other areas. I did a lot of research before I moved here from connecticut seven years ago. I have four children in the school system and found that looking in the south and North sides of charlotte provided me with some of the best options for schools.

A great website you want to visit is http://www.ncreportcard.org. This provides you with data from all the schools in Charlotte mecklenburg system and tells you how they rate individually, compares to the other schools in the system and how it compares to the state... I found this site to be invaluable in my search for schools.

I love to help you out in your home search and if I can be of any assisitance to you please do not hesitate to either give me a call at 704-519-7895 or e-mail me back at ddicecco@cbunited.com

Dave diCecco
Coldwell Banker United
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 21, 2012
We moved from the DC area to the Southeast Charlotte area ~ 23 yrs ago with 3 young children; our children went to Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools and we have been very pleased. SE Charlotte is a great area for schools and to raise a family. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg site is http://www.cms.k12.nc.us/Pages/Default.aspx - if I may be of assistance in your relocation, please feel free to contact me.

Debbie Arriero
Arriero Realty, Inc.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 21, 2012
As a former teacher here, I'd love to help you in your search to find the perfect place to call home! Call or email me with any questions!
In the meantime http://www.greatschools.org is an excellent resource!

Kristen Bernard
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 20, 2012
Contact me directly at john.siddons@prucarolinas.com

I'd love to help you out and would like a bit more information about what your home criteria is and hopefully that can put us in the best postion to find you a home in a great school district.

Also, check out http://www.greatschools.org for reviews.

John Siddons
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 20, 2012
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