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8601 Old Concord Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28213
Courier #: 475
P: 980-343-0030  |  F: 980-343-0034 
Principal: Toyia Matthews
LC: Northeast
Bell Schedule: 9:15 AM - 4:15 PM
Grades: K-5
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Dorothy J. Vaughan Academy of Technology is a full CMS K-5 magnet school. Our magnet theme is Computer Science Immersion. The school building was the original site of Newell Elementary School, which closed in 2015 due to increased student enrollment and moved to a new location on Rocky River Road. The “old Newell” building has undergone renovations and will open in August 2017 as Dorothy J. Vaughan Academy of Technology. Prior to the naming, the school was referred to as University Area-Computer Science School. The enrollment will be 450 with all students participating in the lottery process. We are a member of the Magnet Schools of America Association.

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A magnet school is a free public elementary or secondary school of choice that has a focused theme and curriculum in a variety of areas. These areas include STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), Fine and Performing Arts, International Baccalaureate (IB), International Studies (IS), MicroSociety, Career and Technical Education (CTE), World Languages (immersion and non-immersion), along with many others. Magnet schools are operated by a school district, or a consortium of districts, that are built on the foundation of five pillars. Magnet schools are typically more “hands on – minds on” and use an approach to learning that is inquiry or performance/project based. More information about Magnet Schools of America can be found at the Magnet Schools of America Website. (opens in a new tab)

THE DR. DOROTHY J. VAUGHAN LEGACYClick here to learn more about our school's inspiring namesake.


" A Legacy of Skill and Determination - CMS Deditcates Dorothy J. Vaughan Academy of Technology" - CMS News 10/13/17 Click here to read more (opens in a new tab)


"CMS Magnet enrollment increases for 2017-2018" - CMS News 
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"CMS School of the Future Comes to University [Partner]" - CharlotteFive

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"New University Area Computer Science Immersion Elementary" - CMS School Choice Featured School 2017-18 Click here to read more (opens in a new tab)

"Come Feb. 9 to learn about new Computer Science magnet school" - University City Partners Click here to read more (opens in a new tab)

"Let’s Talk About School. What does STEM look like in CMS?" - ScoopCharlotte Click here to read more (opens in a new tab)

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