Meet our University City Connect Schools

University City Connect is proud to work with nine Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools within the University City area. Our schools educate a very diverse student population—diverse in cultural, socio-economic background and academic interest. Learn more about each of them below!

How to volunteer

Volunteering with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools screens all volunteers to ensure the safety of our students. The screening includes completion of an online volunteer registration form and a criminal background check. Volunteer screening can also include interviews by appropriate CMS staff and reference checks.

For more information, visit CMS Office of Strategic Partnerships, Volunteer Screening or complete the online CMS Volunteer Screening form. You can find out more about the process by downloading Volunteering with CMS: A Guide to Access Requirements.

John Morehead STEM Academy

John Motley Morehead STEM Academy is a district-wide Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics magnet school. Each child has the opportunity to explore, investigate and learn skills that they will use throughout their lives. We work to strive to foster a positive, inclusive learning environment rooted in STEM.

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James Martin Middle School

James Martin Middle School is a comprehensive middle school that sits in Northeast Charlotte and is a part of the Governors’ Village. Being located right next door to Vance High School, James Martin has established informal and formal processes to prepare rising high school students from James Martin.

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Zebulon Vance High School

Our mission at Vance High School is to graduate young adults who are self-directed learners, intellectually and socially engaged citizens ready for college, career, and life.

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Join our PTA
Become one of our Athletic Boosters
Support our Band


Dorothy J. Vaughan Academy of Technology

This magnet is the only full computer science coding school in North Carolina. Through a partnership with Code to the Future, students will go from playing with Legos to building robots and learning Java.

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Learn About our Coding Program


Hidden Valley Elementary School

Hidden Valley Elementary School’s motto is “Team work makes the dream work.” Part of the Northeast Learning Community, and a winner of the 2014 Innovation Lab, Hidden Valley strives to ensure the academic success of every student by making student-centered decisions and providing a safe and secure environment.

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Visit our Innovation Lab


Newell Elementary

Newell Elementary’s vision is to create an environment where children are educated through a collaborative effort among parents, staff, students, and the community. Students are motivated to learn with the help of quality instruction and cutting-edge technology. We encourage our students to build the character to become leaders of the 21st century.

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Faculty & Staff Directory
Meet Our School Leadership & Resources Team
Join our PTA


University Meadows Elementary School

Universi​ty Meadows serves over 800 diverse students, including a Pre-K program. They work closely with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte as a Learning Lab for students preparing themselves as Education majors. University Meadows focuses on ensuring every student leaves University Meadows on a track for college and career readiness.

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Governors Village STEM Academy

In 2018, Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School was paired with Nathaniel Alexander Elementary. Both schools offer magnet seats and serve schools from the Nathaniel Alexander zone. Grades K-5 are served at the Governors’ Village STEM Academy Lower Campus while the Governors’ Village STEM Academy Upper Campus serves grades K-8.

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