Feb 7, 2022 - Partners

Questions from the parents: Q&A with Charlotte Country Day School

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This content was produced in partnership with Charlotte Country Day School.

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We asked readers to submit questions for Charlotte Country Day School, one of the area’s premier private schools, to answer.

The results: Y’all delivered. We received questions covering a variety of topics, from financial aid to bullying.

Below, CCDS answers a few of those questions.

What can you offer that is different than the other independent schools in the area?

Here’s the deal: Choosing a school is a very personal family decision. However, these are some of the reasons we’ve heard from our families:

Facilities: State-of-the-art facilities and two campuses designed specifically for the developmental needs of students so they can immerse themselves in their education in a quiet, safe environment.

Belonging: We’re always trying to create a sense of belonging, because students learn best when they are known, seen and valued for who they are.

  • An example: “Come as you are” is a saying we use a lot.

Beyond the classroom: We make real-world connections all the time so students develop the skills they need to make an impact.

  • An example: Service learning, scientific lab work and an international travel program are a few ways we bring classrooms to life.

Intentional rigor from JK–12: The journey from a young learner to a well-prepared graduate is filled with hundreds of intentional steps.

  • An example: Lower School science curriculum builds to our science and math opportunities in Upper School, including engineering, robotics, and organic chemistry.

A world of possibilities: It’s our school’s mission to fully develop the potential of every student in a nurturing and individualized culture so that they can tackle challenges and pursue new passions.

  • An example: Two campuses designed specifically for the developmental needs of students.

What are your school’s biggest challenges?

With Charlotte’s growth, it’s a challenge is provide the opportunity for everyone to get to know our school and our story.

The strategy: Recruit, retain and develop a diverse community.

Here’s how: Developing a diverse student body is a top priority in admissions, so we partner with a number of community organizations and information channels to increase access and opportunity.

What percentage of students get financial aid? What are the demographics of those who are awarded aid?

The goal: We seek to admit talented and motivated students, regardless of family resources.

Key numbers: About 22% of the Country Day student body receives financial aid; 319 students receive $7.1 million in financial assistance.

The Financial Aid Committee keeps all information confidential, but aid is available to students of any demographic; it is determined based on need.

What is the school’s role in controlling bullying?

The strategy: Coupling policies and discipline  with intentional programming creates opportunities to not only manage bullying but also inspire future upstanders.

  • Through our small class sizes, counseling programs, and parent education, we can give students the support system they need during tough times.

The results: Beyond our policies regarding bullying, CCDS’ key values of character and community create an authentic, inclusive community. Students are taught to act respectfully and show sensitivity towards others.

Learn more about Charlotte Country Day School.

This content was produced in partnership with Charlotte Country Day School.

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