Center City Schools K-12

First Ward Creative Arts Academy

First Ward Creative Arts Academy is an elementary school which specializes in arts integrated learning experiential learning across all curriculum using elements of dance, music, theatre arts, and visual arts.


Irwin Academic Center

The Villa Heights’ program, which is now at Irwin, has been consistently recognized as an “Honor School of Excellence” under the state’s ABC goals. It has also been recognized by the state School Board and Hunt Institute for its academic honors.


Trinity Episcopal School

Trinity empowers its students so they may be prepared to be the next generation of leaders in this world. We help them discover wholesome living by becoming conscientious and caring individuals.


Special Needs

Metro School

Metro School serves approximately 250 students all of whom are cognitively disabled, ranging in age from 3 to 22. Many of our students have severe medical and physical needs; many of our students are in need of total physical care and assistance; and many have other multiple disabilities such as visual impairments, hearing impairments, and autism in addition to their cognitive challenges. Student assignment to Metro School is through the IEP team process for all current CMS students. For students moving into CMS from either out-of-county or out-of-state, parents are to contact the district EC Central Office for school placement at (980) 343-6960 and ask for a school placement coordinator. Metro School does not serve students who live outside of Mecklenburg County.