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Welcome to Carmel Middle School
Carmel Middle School is located in the South Park area of Charlotte. Carmel's total student enrollment is approximately 1,270 students. Our student population is comprised of the following ethnicities: White 46%, Hispanic 33%, African-American 17%, Asian 2%. Our Economically Disadvantaged (EDS) subgroup constitutes 47% of our student population. Students with a Disability (SWD) population is currently at 13% and certified Academically Gifted student population is 18%. Just over 19% of our student population are English Learners.
Carmel Middle School has 72 instructional staff members, three grade-level administrators, three counselors, and 38 support staff members There are 117 total members of the Carmel team, each committed to achieving the vision of delivering rigorous and equitable instruction to all students.
Carmel Middle School has consistently met or exceeded state and national goals as measured by the North Carolina End-of-Grade and End-of-Course tests. Each year Carmel has performed above CMS and state averages. Carmel was recertified as a national “School to Watch” in 2020.
In 2019, Carmel Middle achieved the sixth highest Reading growth in CMS and highest in the Central 2 Learning Community. Carmel's most recent Reading Growth Index was in the 98th percentile in the state of North Carolina. In both Reading and Math, Carmel "Exceeded Expected Growth" in 2019.
Every student at Carmel Middle School has the opportunity to use a Chromebook to support their learning and growth. Teachers are using the State Learning Management System, Canvas, to provide instructional support as well as instant feedback. Carmel administration has created job embedded professional development that focuses on student discourse, assessment analysis, differentiation strategies, flexible grouping, blended learning strategies and technology in the classroom while implementing the North Carolina Standard Course of Study
Carmel's renowned PTSA will generously continue to support our efforts by providing resources to improve student achievement and support our school-wide goals.
Please take a moment to access our Parent Handbook At-A-Glance.
Dr. Jared Thompson, Principal
Jared Thompson was named principal at Carmel Middle, effective July 1, 2020. He was the assistant principal at Carmel Middle from 2017 to 2020. Thompson was the dean of students at Ridge Road Middle from 2015 to 2017 and a teacher at Westerly Hills Academy from 2013 to 2015.
Dr. Thompson received his Bachelor's degree in Secondary Education from Lenoir-Rhyne University (2012) where he was a North Carolina Teaching Fellow and captain of the football team. His earned his Master's degree in Executive Leadership (2016) and Doctorate in Educational Leadership (2019) from Gardner-Webb University. Dr. Thompson is originally from Statesville, North Carolina. He and his wife Amanda have a newborn son, Solomon, and currently live in east Charlotte.
See archived video communications on Dr. Thompson YouTube page