Cato Middle College
High School
8120 Grier Road
Charlotte, NC 28215
Courier #: 334
P: 980-343-1452  |  F: 980-343-1453 
Principal: Alicisa Johnson
LC: Northeast
Bell Schedule: 11:20 AM - 4:20 PM
Grades: 11-12
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​Dear Cato Middle College High School families,

Welcome to Cato Middle College High School!  Our school was the first middle college high school in CMS when we opened in 2007. We are a specialty school within CMS partnered with Central Piedmont Community College to provide a dual-enrollment experience for our students.  

Cato Middle College High School provides a supportive, flexible and academically enriched environment for mature, motivated and responsible students to complete high school requirements while successfully earning college credit. Students who attend our school save an average of $30,000 in college tuition!

Our dual-enrollment program means that students complete high school graduation requirements while working on college transfer credit or an associate degree.  Cato offers grades 11-13. Students can enroll in an optional grade 13 to complete the associate degree if necessary. We have a graduation rate of 100 percent.

Let me tell you a little about me. I’ve been in education for 28 years, 14 of them as a principal. I am a graduate of the University of South Carolina, where I earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics and statistics. I earned a master's degree from Winthrop University in educational leadership. Before coming to Cato Middle College High School, I served as principal at both Harding University High School and Bradley Middle School. I also worked at North Mecklenburg High School as a math teacher and an assistant principal for instruction. On a personal level, I am the proud parent of a 12-year old daughter who is a competitive gymnast.  

As principal, I'm committed to seeing every student succeed. I embrace all opportunities to make a positive difference in the lives of our students and to ensure the best high school and college experience for each of our students. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.  I look forward to working with you to ensure that Cato continues to be a premier middle college high school.

Thank you for choosing Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and Cato Middle College High School.

Alicisa Johnson, principal


Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
P.O. Box 30035
Charlotte, NC 28230-0035
Phone: 980-343-3000
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