Give your child the gift of a second language

If you have a rising kindergartner for the 2018-2019 school year, we would like to invite you to one of our three Open Houses this fall and winter. Our Open Houses are designed to answer all of your questions about the benefits of our amazing dual language Spanish immersion magnet program! 


2018-2019 Open House Dates TBD

Open House dates will be updated here after they have been scheduled for the 2018-2019 year.

Come visit our school and meet with our staff,
parents and students and see for yourself
the amazing gift dual language can be for your child!


Click here to download a brochure with everything you need to know about Collinswood.

Collinswood is a K-8 public magnet school located at 4000 Applegate Road (off Scaleybark Road near Park Road Shopping Center). Students receive instruction in both English and Spanish and are fully bi-lingual and bi-literate by the time they graduate eighth grade. In 2014, Magnet Schools of America selected Collinswood as one of the top five magnet schools in the country. The school’s test scores are some of the highest in CMS, and it is also one of few schools that has come close to closing the achievement gap among racial and socio-economical groups.

As the first dual language school in North Carolina, Collinswood has been recognized locally, nationally and internationally for its student’s high academic success, commitment to diversity, and quality of program. From kindergarten to eighth grade, Collinswood provides a challenging and loving environment to help every child grow and thrive.          

Benefits of a Dual Language Program:

  • Improved listening, memory, and problem solving skills that give bilingual students a boost on standardized tests
  • Greater cognitive development in the areas of mental flexibility, creativity, divergent thinking, and higher order thinking skills
  • Deeper understanding, appreciation and respect for other languages and cultures
  • Advanced language skills for future academic and career opportunities


To download a PDF of information (in English and Spanish) on Collinswood, click here. (We are in the process of updating this document)


How Do I Enroll?

Your Step-by-Step guide to the Magnet School Lottery

1.       Enroll in CMS. You can do this by bringing the required documentaion to any CMS school. See complete instructions here: You must be enrolled by TBD to be eligible for the First School Options Lottery.

2.       If you’re enrolled by TBD CMS will send you a personalized confirmation letter in the mail.  The letter will contain your student Identification and PIN numbers, as well as instructions to apply for the lottery online.  If you don’t receive that letter by the first week in February, please call 980-343-5335.

3.       The online lottery will let you choose three magnet schools.  Make sure that you put your first choice down as #1.  If you are applying to a high-demand school that has a wait list, putting it down as your second or third choice will not make a difference, because that school's seats will be filled by everyone who put it down as a first choice. The deadline to go online and make your selections is TBD.

4.       Lottery notificaiton letters will be sent home in early March.  That’s when you’ll find out if you got in!

5.       If you did not get into your #1 choice, you will be placed on the wait list for that school (even if you got in to another one of your choices).  

6.       Schools receive their wait lists in mid-June and will start calling students and admitting them over the summer. The school should be able to tell you at that time what number you are on the wait list. In a typical year, we fill about 15 spots at Collinswood from our wait list.


Questions about this process? Call Collinswood parent liaison Aida Torres at 980-343-5820.



“At Collinswood, the teachers expected us to be best of the best, and learning in Spanish and English was very challenging for me. But looking back now, I feel like I had the best education of all my high school friends. Collinswood also opened my mind to the world and different cultures, and I liked that I had friends there of all races and economic statuses and from different parts of the city and the world. To this day, I think I’m able to relate to all different types of people because of what I learned at Collinswood.”

– Jarvis Arrington, student body president at South Mecklenburg High School