Guide to Private Schools



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If you’re a parent considering enrolling your child or children in private school, it’s decision time. Most applications are due in January for the 2013–2014 school year. Charlotte has plenty of choices, especially for elementary schools. To help you make the most informed choice possible, we put together this resource guide to most area private or independent schools (see sidebar “How We Did This” to find out more). We included loads of relevant info, and we hope this helps you with your decision.

 

 

How We Did This

The information in this resource guide was provided by the schools listed. We posted a private survey on our website and asked every area private or independent school to complete it. If a school is not included in this guide, it’s because it declined to participate or we could not track down an appropriate contact person.

If a question was irrelevant to a particular school (such as class size in high school for an elementary-only school) or an incomplete answer was provided, we omitted it. Information for the last two questions (“What’s new?” and “What sets it apart?”) was provided by the schools. We edited for space and clarity.

If you represent a school and have a question about this guide, please send an email to editor@charlottemagazine.com with “Private School Guide” in the subject line.



Guide to Acronyms
JK: Junior Kindergarten
TK: Transitional Kindergarten
CGAA: Charlotte Gastonia Athletic Association
CISAA: Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association
MAC: Metrolina Athletic Conference
MACS: Mecklenburg Area Catholic Schools
NCISAA: North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association
CACAA: Charlotte Area Christian Athletic Association
SPAA: Southern Piedmont Athletic Association

SAT Scores
Different schools report SAT scores differently. Rather than force schools into a conforming standard, we let the scores stand as reported, with minor editing for clarity.

 

Adventist Christian Academy (4601 Emory Ln., 704-366-4351)

adventistchristianacademy.org
Year founded: 1987
Religious affiliation: Seventh-Day Adventist Church
Head of school (year started): Gerard Ban (2010)
Earliest grade: Pre-K
Oldest grade: 9th
Enrollment: 76
Percentage nonwhite: 60%
Avg. class size elementary: 16
Avg. class size middle: 24
Avg. class size high: 7
Grade foreign language first offered: Pre-K
Languages offered: Spanish
Lowest tuition: $499 per month for 10 months
Annual tuition oldest grade: $524 per month for 10 months
Percentage of students on financial aid: 25%
Uniform required? Yes
Bus service offered? No
Sports offered in middle school: soccer, basketball
Middle school theater productions per year: 2
What’s new? iPads in the classroom for grades 5-8


Anami Montessori School
2901 Archdale Dr. 704-556-0042     

anamimontessori.org
Year founded: 1986
Religious affiliation: none
Head of school (year started): Joan Horlbeck (1986)
Earliest grade: Age 3
Oldest grade: 6th
Enrollment: 85
Percentage nonwhite: 18%
Avg. class size elementary: 36
Lowest tuition: $7,000
Annual tuition oldest grade: $10,100
Financial aid offered? Yes
Percentage of students on financial aid: 14%
Uniform required? No
Bus service offered? No
Annual teacher retention rate: 98%
What’s new? In summer 2012, Anami built an 800-square-foot multipurpose community house.
What sets it apart? Anami is one of only two schools in North Carolina to be recognized by the Association Montessori Internationale, the only organization that Dr. Maria Montessori founded. Anami also has an exceptional teacher retention rate.


Arborbrook Christian Academy
4823 Waxhaw-Indian Trail Rd., Matthews 704-821-9952     

arborbrook.org
Year founded: 2005
Religious affiliation: Christian/nondenominational
Head of school (year started): Joy Fisk, M.A. (2010)
Earliest grade: Kindergarten
Oldest grade: 12th
Enrollment: 150
Percentage nonwhite: 5%
Avg. class size elementary: 12
Avg. class size middle: 15
Avg. class size high: 16
Grade foreign language first offered: 9th (offered as an elective in lower grades)
Languages offered: Spanish
Lowest tuition: $4,900
Annual tuition oldest grade: $5,950
Financial aid offered? No
Uniform required? Yes
Bus service offered? No
Annual teacher retention rate: 72%
Middle school sports: cross country, volleyball, basketball, cheerleading
Middle school theater productions per year: 1
High school theater productions per year: 1
Number of musical ensembles: 3
Advanced electives: Dual-enrollment college courses in conjunction with Southern Evangelical Bible College are available for juniors and seniors. Bible, worldview, and apologetics classes are part of regular curriculum. Other electives may include archery, advanced art, beginning sign language, cooking, creative writing, debate, drama, journalism, leadership and life skills, Praise Band, specialized literature classes, photography, public speaking, SAT prep, and vocal ensemble.
Avg. senior SAT scores: Critical reading: 607, math: 546, writing: 540
Varsity sports: boys and girls cross country, girls volleyball, boys and girls basketball, cheerleading, boys and girls soccer
Athletic conference: CACAA
What’s new? Edible schoolyard garden: each K-8 class plants, cultivates, and participates in distribution of produce. Also new: a school-wide writing emphasis, Scholastic Writing Competition, American Heritage Girls Club, challenge electives in lower school, junior high worship team, and high school honors classes.
What sets it apart? Parent involvement: Parents partner with the school in their children’s education, volunteer forty-five hours per year, and participate in school-wide family activities. The school offers a four-day week, with the fifth day devoted to home study, field trips, and, for high school students, internships and outdoor education days. High school students are required upon graduation to have seventy-five internship hours and sixty community service hours and to have participated in twenty outdoor education days, three educational trips, and two mission trips (including at least one international trip).


Brisbane Academy Preparatory School
5901 Statesville Rd. 704-598-5208   

brisbaneacademy.org
Year founded: 1992
Head of school (year started): Christopher A. Crooks (2006)
Earliest grade: Pre-K
Oldest grade: 12th
Enrollment: 70
Percentage nonwhite: 8.6%
Avg. class size elementary: 10
Avg. class size middle: 8
Avg. class size high: 6
Grade foreign language first offered: Kindergarten
Languages offered: French, Spanish
Lowest tuition: $5,500
Annual tuition oldest grade: $8,950-$9,500
Financial aid offered? Yes
Percentage of students on financial aid: 45%
Uniform required? Yes
Bus service offered? No
Annual teacher retention rate: 80%
Middle school sports: No, but the school has partnerships with a local sports organization.
Middle school theater productions per year: 2
High school theater productions per year: 2
Advanced electives: high school honor courses in English, mathematics, science, and social sciences
Avg. senior ACT scores: 21
Varsity sports: basketball (on hiatus until 2013-2014 school year)
Athletic conference: Independent
What’s new? THUSIC (Theater-Music) program, middle school girls mentor group, and a high school career speaker series.
What sets it apart? Brisbane’s approach to teaching, and education in general, is structured around identifying each student’s individual learning style and the individualized curriculum that is best suited for that learning style.  


British American School of Charlotte
7000 Endhaven Ln. 704-341-3236 

britishschoolofcharlotte.org
Year founded: 2004
Head of school (year started): Adam Stevens (2008)
Earliest grade: 2-year-old program (school-based)
Oldest grade: British Year 11
Enrollment: 143
Avg. class size elementary: 14
Avg. class size middle: 14
Avg. class size middle: 14
Grade foreign language first offered: Pre-K
Languages offered: French, Spanish
Lowest tuition: $8,385
Annual tuition oldest grade: $19,150
Financial aid offered? Yes
Uniform required? Yes
Bus service offered? No
Annual teacher retention rate: 90%
Sports offered in middle school: soccer, basketball, baseball, rugby
Middle school theater productions per year: 1
High school theater productions per year: 1
Number of musical ensembles: 2
Advanced electives: IGCSE qualifications, International Primary Curriculum, International Middle Years Curriculum, English National Curriculum, British Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum
Number of art studios on campus: 1
Varsity sports: soccer, basketball, baseball, rugby
What’s new? BASC is applying to be a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate.
What sets it apart? BASC delivers a personalized, learning-driven curriculum in which each child achieves outstanding personal success within a rigorous international curriculum. Children learn in exciting ways, become motivated, successful learners and grow as confident, caring, global citizens better prepared for their future.


Cannon School
5801 Poplar Tent Rd. 704-721-7165     

cannonschool.org
Year founded: 1969
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Head of school (year started): Matthew E. Gossage (2006)
Earliest grade: JK
Oldest grade: 12th
Enrollment: 907
Percentage nonwhite: 20%
Avg. class size elementary: 17
Avg. class size middle: 18
Avg. class size high: 16
Grade foreign language first offered: 1st
Languages offered: Chinese, French, Spanish
Lowest tuition: $10,985
Annual tuition oldest grade: $18,170
Financial aid offered? Yes
Percentage of students on financial aid: 20%
Uniform required? Lower School only dress code for middle and upper
Bus service offered? 17-19 buses cover four Charlotte counties
Middle school sports: baseball, boys and girls basketball, cheerleading, boys and girls cross country, football, coed golf, boys lacrosse, boys and girls soccer, softball, boys and girls swimming, boys and girls tennis, boys and girls track and field, volleyball
Middle school theater productions per year: 1
High school theater productions per year: 3
Number of musical ensembles: 14
Advanced electives: Advanced coursework is available in art, musical performance, and theater. Elective courses are available in digital media, fiction and poetry writing, film, dance, studio art, computer science, and psychology.
Number of AP classes: 17
Percentage of students scoring 3+ on AP classes: 79%
Avg. senior SAT scores: 1600 scale: 1070-1320, 2400 scale: 1600-2000
Seniors with National Merit recognition: 6 in 2012, 8 in 2013
Number of art studios on campus: 4
Varsity sports: baseball, boys and girls basketball, cheerleading, boys and girls cross country, football, boys and girls golf, boys lacrosse, boys and girls soccer, softball, boys and girls swimming, boys and girls tennis, boys and girls track and field, volleyball
Varsity state championships/semifinals past three years: Girls swimming, softball, girls golf
Athletic conference: CISAA
What’s new? Seventh- and eighth-grade students use iPads. Biology students create and execute their own experiments in BioRex, an autonomous classroom setting that drives students to become adaptive experts as they create glow-in-the-dark bacteria, determine an ant’s caloric intake, or discover the impact of protein on beard growth.
What sets it apart? Cannon School’s philosophy of “adaptive expertise” is about preparing students to solve problems with flexibility, creativity, strategy, and risk-taking. We have a strong focus on the three As: academics, arts, and athletics. Cannon also offers before- and after-school enrichment programs.


Charlotte Catholic High School
7702 Pineville-Matthews Rd. 704-370-3361     

charlottecatholic.org
Year founded: 1955
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Head of school (year started): Jerry Healy (2008)
Earliest grade: 9th
Oldest grade: 12th
Enrollment: 1,412
Avg. class size high: 19
Grade foreign language first offered: 9th
Languages offered: French, German, Latin, Spanish
Lowest tuition: $8,449
Annual tuition oldest grade: $8,449-$12,114
Financial aid offered? Yes
Uniform required? Yes
Bus service offered? Yes
Annual teacher retention rate: 95%
High school theater productions per year: 2
Number of musical ensembles: 2
Advanced electives: Engineering
Number of AP classes: 16
Avg. senior SAT scores: 1570-1900
Seniors with National Merit recognition: 4 finalists, 18 commended
Number of art studios on campus: 3
Varsity sports: field hockey, volleyball, cross country, soccer, football, hockey, softball, baseball, rugby, track and field, lacrosse, wrestling, swim team, basketball
Varsity state championships/semifinals past three years: 14
Athletic conference: MEGA7 3A/4A, North Carolina High School Athletic Association
What’s new? The school instituted a 1-to-1 technology program, issuing all students a MacBook Pro.
What sets it apart? Charlotte Catholic High School offers a quality education in a rich Catholic tradition.


Charlotte Christian School
7301 Sardis Rd. 704-366-5657     

charlottechristian.com
Year founded: 1950
Religious affiliation: Independent, nondenominational Christian school
Head of school (year started): Barry Giller (2010)
Earliest grade: JK
Oldest grade: 12th
Enrollment: 994
Percentage nonwhite: 20.1%
Avg. class size elementary: 17.5
Avg. class size middle: 18
Avg. class size high: 15
Grade foreign language first offered: JK
Languages offered: Spanish, French, Latin
Lowest tuition: $12,030
Annual tuition oldest grade: $17,260
Financial aid offered? Yes
Percentage of students on financial aid: 25%
Uniform required? No
Bus service offered? No
Annual teacher retention rate: 90%
Middle school sports: football, soccer, cross country, volleyball, cheerleading, tennis, basketball, wrestling, swimming, golf, lacrosse, tennis, track, baseball, softball
Middle school theater productions per year: 1 middle school musical, 1 lower school musical
High school theater productions per year: 3
Number of musical ensembles: 17
Advanced electives: lower school STEM Lab; Knights Knews Broadcasting Class; Biblical Studies & Apologetics; Calculus III honors; Vocal Tech; Honors Acting; Leadership Exploratory Wheel in middle school including media literacy, classical English, leadership and health; and Lifetime Fitness for grades JK-9
Number of AP classes: 18
Percentage of students scoring 3+ on AP classes: 70%
Avg. senior SAT scores: Mid-50% is 1520-1830
Seniors with National Merit recognition: 7 awards, 24 finalists, 46 commended in 15 years
Number of art studios on campus: 3
Varsity sports: football, cross country, volleyball, cheerleading, tennis, soccer, swimming, boys and girls basketball, wrestling, baseball, track, golf, lacrosse, dance
Varsity state championships/semifinals past three years: football, baseball, softball, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, wrestling, track and field, swimming
Athletic conference: CISAA and NCISAA
What’s new? Lower school STEM Lab, which includes iPads and a SMART Board; lower school engineering program from the Boston Museum; lower school math and language arts curriculums; and a middle school online media magazine class. Other changes include an all-inclusive (included in tuition) healthy dining program in the renovated dining hall and the recently opened Warner Field House that includes locker rooms, offices, classroom space, multipurpose space, and an expanded second gym.
What sets it apart? Charlotte Christian integrates biblical learning into every subject and trains students to impact the culture for Christ. All students participate in local mission projects, and older students travel to other countries. The class of 2012 volunteered more than 32,000 hours and earned $4.4 million in college scholarships.


Charlotte Country Day School
1440 Carmel Rd. 704-943-4547     

charlottecountryday.org
Year founded: 1941
Head of school (year started): Mark Reed (2009)
Earliest grade: JK
Oldest grade: 12th
Enrollment: 1,620
Percentage nonwhite: 14%
Avg. class size elementary: 24 (two full-time teachers per class)
Avg. class size middle: 16
Avg. class size high: 15
Grade foreign language first offered: JK
Languages offered: French, Spanish, German, Chinese, Latin, Greek
Lowest tuition: $14,900
Annual tuition oldest grade: $21,125
Financial aid offered? Yes
Percentage of students on financial aid: 16%
Uniform required? No
Bus service offered? Yes
Annual teacher retention rate: 93%
Middle school sports: baseball, boys and girls basketball, cheerleading, cross country, field hockey, football, golf, boys and girls lacrosse, boys and girls soccer, softball, swimming, boys and girls tennis, track and field, volleyball, wrestling
Middle school theater productions per year: 2
High school theater productions per year: 3
Number of musical ensembles: middle school, 3 high school, 5
Advanced electives: calculus III, organic chemistry, bioethics, astronomy, anatomy, biomechanics, international relations, world religions, public speaking, digital music courses, digital art courses, multimedia art study, seminar-style electives program for senior English
Number of AP classes: 21
Percentage of students scoring 3+ on AP classes: 88%
Avg. senior SAT scores: Mid-50%: 1690-2040
Seniors with National Merit recognition: 4
Number of art studios on campus: 11
Varsity sports: boys and girls basketball, wrestling, cheerleading, dance team, boys and girls indoor track, boys and girls swimming, boys and girls cross country, field hockey, football, boys and girls golf, boys and girls soccer, volleyball, boys and girls tennis, baseball, boys and girls lacrosse, softball, boys and girls track and field
Varsity state championships/semifinals past three years: field hockey, football, boys swimming, girls swimming, boys lacrosse, girls lacrosse, boys tennis, volleyball, baseball, girls soccer, boys track
Athletic conference: CISAA
What’s new? Charlotte Country Day School started an ancient manuscript project in advanced Latin classes. Examining high-resolution files of ancient manuscripts, the students are contributing to a new electronic edition of a previously unpublished ninth-century manuscript of Josephus’ The Jewish War. The school also added a special telescope used to enhance astronomy program, science internship opportunities through local universities, a Robotics Club, new classes in film and digital music, and a school-wide composting program.
What sets it apart? Charlotte Country Day School has an International Baccalaureate diploma program, English as a second language program, a comprehensive international studies program, including numerous opportunities for foreign travel and travel immersion beginning in sixth grade; single-gender math classes in middle school; and an open-participation athletic program. The school has two campuses (middle school students thrive on a separate, close-knit campus) and a comprehensive arts curriculum—students at every grade level participate in visual arts, vocal and instrumental music, drama, and dance.


Charlotte Jewish Day School
5007 Providence Rd. 704-366-4558     

cjdschool.org
Year founded: 1988
Religious affiliation: Jewish
Head of school (year started): Mariashi Groner (1988)
Earliest grade: JK
Oldest grade: 5th
Enrollment: 92
Avg. class size elementary: 15
Grade foreign language first offered: Kindergarten
Languages offered: Hebrew
Lowest tuition: $8,328
Annual tuition oldest grade: $13,844
Financial aid offered? Yes
Percentage of students on financial aid: 30%
Uniform required? No
Bus service offered? Yes
Annual teacher retention rate: 90%
What’s new? CJDS instituted a global classroom, integrated art and technology, improved the playground, and added Tae Kwon Do as part of the physical education program.
What sets it apart? The Jewish education and environment that CJDS offers is unique in Charlotte; the Judaic curriculum offers a strong foundation for character development and critical and higher order thinking skills.


Charlotte Latin School
9502 Providence Rd. 704-846-7252     

charlottelatin.org
Year founded: 1970
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Head of school (year started): Arch N. McIntosh Jr. (2001)
Earliest grade: TK
Oldest grade: 12th
Enrollment: 1,402
Percentage nonwhite: 14%
Avg. class size elementary: 23
Avg. class size middle: 19
Avg. class size high: 15
Grade foreign language first offered: Kindergarten
Languages offered: Spanish, French, Latin, Greek
Lowest tuition: $15,650
Annual tuition oldest grade: $19,650
Financial aid offered? Yes
Percentage of students on financial aid: 15.2%
Uniform required? No
Bus service offered? Yes
Annual teacher retention rate: 95%
Middle school sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, field hockey, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track, ultimate, volleyball, wrestling
Middle school theater productions per year: 2
High school theater productions per year: 4
Number of musical ensembles: 6
Advanced electives: Greek, engineering, field ecology, comparative anatomy, neurobiology, natural history, human rights
Number of AP classes: 14
Percentage of students scoring 3+ on AP classes: 97.3%
Avg. senior SAT scores: Mid-50%: 1760-2100
Seniors with National Merit recognition: 10
Number of art studios on campus: 6
Varsity sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, dance, field hockey, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track, Ultimate, volleyball, wrestling
Varsity state championships/semifinals past three years: Boys and girls cross country, football, volleyball, wrestling, boys and girls soccer, field hockey, volleyball, boys track, boys lacrosse
Athletic conference: NCISAA
What’s new? Anne’s Black Box Theater in the new Horne Performing Arts Center has provided a unique performance venue for Latin’s theater students. STEM education is a major focus for middle and upper school students. Charlotte Latin was the first school in the country to introduce the “Raspberry Pi,” a computer that allows students to explore computing and to write programs.
What sets it apart? Charlotte Latin School’s mission calls for our students to serve others. Our mission comes to life through age-appropriate service projects that are conducted at all grade levels. Charlotte Latin also sponsors an active international exchange program with eight sister schools in Argentina, China, France, Germany, Italy, South Africa, and Spain. The value of “Honor above All” and the Charlotte Latin School Honor Code provide the guiding principles that define who Latin is as a school community.


Charlotte Preparatory School
212 Boyce Rd. 704-366-5994     

charlotteprep.org
Year founded: 1971
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Head of school (year started): N. Blair Fisher (2012)
Earliest grade: Pre-K
Oldest grade: 8th
Enrollment: 350
Percentage nonwhite: 38%
Avg. class size elementary: 15-20
Avg. class size middle: 15-20
Grade foreign language first offered: Kindergarten
Languages offered: Spanish
Lowest tuition: $10,170
Annual tuition oldest grade: $16,710
Financial aid offered? Yes
Uniform required? No
Bus service offered? No
Middle school sports: basketball, cheerleading, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, volleyball
Number of musical ensembles: 6
Number of art studios on campus: 1
Athletic conference: CGAA and Queen City Conference
What’s new? Last spring, Charlotte Prep completed its evolution from a privately owned school to a nonprofit institution, where the governance structure includes a volunteer board of trustees that helps guide the school’s long-term strategy. New enhancements to academic programs include cloud-based learning technologies, state-of-the-art laptops for students in lower and middle school, and additional interactive SMART boards.
What sets it apart? Charlotte Prep allows children to develop in a supportive environment; there is no rush to grow up. Research supports greater student achievement when students make only one transition during their academic career and suggests the most appropriate time for this transition is after eighth grade.


Charlotte United Christian Academy
7640 Wallace Rd. 704-537-0331     

cucawarriors.com
Year founded: 2009
Religious affiliation: Nondenominational
Head of school (year started): Janet Atwell (2009)
Earliest grade: Kindergarten
Oldest grade: 12th
Enrollment: 157
Percentage nonwhite: 32%
Avg. class size elementary: 12
Avg. class size middle: 11
Avg. class size high: 11
Grade foreign language first offered: 10th
Languages offered: Spanish
Lowest tuition: $4,372
Annual tuition oldest grade: $5,405
Financial aid offered? Yes, limited
Percentage of students on financial aid: 30%
Uniform required? Yes
Bus service offered? No
Annual teacher retention rate: 100%
Middle school sports: cross country, soccer, basketball
Middle school theater productions per year: 1
High school theater productions per year: 1
Advanced electives: Art, environment, geography, fitness, acting, history, science, An Invitation to Impact (teaching the principles of leadership as outlined in the Gospels, learning to serve and overcoming evil by doing good); Knights of the Orange Shield (promotes Christian character, academic achievement, service, and leadership)
Number of AP classes: 3 (contingent on enrollment)
Avg. senior SAT scores: 1566
Number of art studios on campus: 1
Varsity sports: cross country, soccer, volleyball, basketball
Athletic conference: CACAA
What’s new? Charlotte United initiated the Exceptional Student Education (ESE) program, which is a special education program that caters to students with mild, moderate, and severe disabilities. Charlotte United also started a soccer and basketball academy.
What sets it apart? The ESE and art programs (K-12), as well as small class sizes, family atmosphere, and a community service requirement (9-12)


Christian Montessori School at Lake Norman
14101 Stumptown Rd., Huntersville 704-875-1801     

christianmontessorischool.org
Year founded: 1995
Religious affiliation: Christian
Head of school (year started): Sonya Curry (1995)
Earliest grade: Infant
Oldest grade: 6th
Enrollment: 85
Avg. class size elementary: 10
Grade foreign language first offered: 3-year-olds
Languages offered: Spanish, Mandarin
Lowest tuition: $3,040
Annual tuition oldest grade: $6,945
Financial aid offered? Yes
Uniform required? Yes
Bus service offered? No
Annual teacher retention rate: 95%
Middle school theater productions per year: Varies
Number of musical ensembles: 1
Number of art studios on campus: 1
What sets it apart? Christian Montessori School’s mission to provide a Montessori education that celebrates the individual gifts of each child, nurtures a passion for learning biblical principles, and equips students for academic excellence and Christian discipleship.


Christ the King Catholic High School
753 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy., Mooresville 704-370-3361     

christthekinghs.com
Year founded: 2011
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Head of school (year started): Dan Dolan (2011)
Earliest grade: 9th
Oldest grade: 10th (adding 11th and 12th in 2013-14)
Enrollment: 67
Avg. class size high: 10
Grade foreign language first offered: 9th
Languages offered: Latin, Spanish
Lowest tuition: $8,449
Annual tuition oldest grade: $8,449-$12,115
Financial aid offered? Yes
Uniform required? Yes
Bus service offered? Yes
Annual teacher retention rate: 95%
High school theater productions per year: 1
Advanced electives: Private Pilot Ground School, distance-learning opportunities available, entrepreneurship, science sequence begins with physics.
Number of AP classes: 2
Number of art studios on campus: 1
Varsity sports: volleyball, golf, girls tennis, boys basketball
What’s new? The school constructed a new facility on more than 100 acres of land, which will open in fall 2013.
What sets it apart? Christ the King Catholic High School provides a Catholic culture of independent learners and leaders and a commitment to serve others.


Countryside Montessori School
Preschool- 4755 Prosperity Church Rd. 704-503-6000
Elementary school- 9026 Mallard Creek Rd.
Middle and high school- 4125 Johnston-Oehler Rd.
   

countrysidemontessorischools.org
Year founded: 1981
Religious affiliation: Nondenominational
Head of school (year started): Chuck Nusinov (2011)
Earliest grade: Toddler
Oldest grade: 12th
Enrollment: 515
Percentage nonwhite: 35%
Avg. class size elementary: 24
Avg. class size middle: Student/teacher ratio:  10:1
Avg. class size high: 12
Grade foreign language first offered: Kindergarten
Languages offered: Spanish, French
Lowest tuition: $6,950
Annual tuition oldest grade: $15,750
Financial aid offered? Yes
Percentage of students on financial aid: 25%
Uniform required? No
Bus service offered? No
Annual teacher retention rate: 95%
Middle school sports: basketball, soccer, cross country, tennis, golf, cheerleading, volleyball
Middle school theater productions per year: 1
High school theater productions per year: 1
Number of musical ensembles: 3
Advanced electives: Immersion classes (4-week intersessions), extended field studies, art, theater, philosophy
Number of AP classes: 10
Percentage of students scoring 3+ on AP classes: 100%
Avg. senior SAT scores: 1054 (1600 scale)
Varsity sports: basketball, cross-country, tennis, golf, cheerleading, volleyball
Athletic conference: Mid-State Athletic Conference (varsity) and CGAA (junior varsity)
Varsity state championships/semifinals past three years: middle school volleyball, middle and high school cross country, middle and high school basketball
What’s new? Countryside Montessori School has upgraded science labs in the high school, added an emphasis on fine arts, and offers French in high school.
What sets it apart? Countryside is the only independent school in North Carolina with a Montessori curriculum spanning from age two through 12th grade. Multiyear grade levels through 8th grade promote leadership and service learning. Countryside’s first two graduating classes (2011 and 2012) have a 100 percent acceptance rate to the colleges and universities to which they applied.


Covenant Classical School
3200 Patrick Henry Dr. 704-792-1854     

covenantclassical.org
Year founded: 1996
Religious affiliation: Christian
Head of school (year started): Greg Hardie (2008)
Earliest grade: K4
Oldest grade: 12th
Enrollment: 186
Avg. class size elementary: 15
Avg. class size middle: 13
Avg. class size high: 10
Grade foreign language first offered: 3rd
Languages offered: Spanish, Latin
Lowest tuition: $3,900
Annual tuition oldest grade: $6,500
Financial aid offered? No
Uniform required? Yes
Bus service offered? No
Middle school sports: soccer, volleyball, basketball, cross country, baseball
High school theater productions per year: 2
Number of musical ensembles: 2
Advanced electives: The upper school curriculum includes an integrated program of reading through the most important works of Western theology, history, and literature. Classes also include logic, apologetics, and rhetoric.  
Avg. senior SAT scores: 1684
Number of art studios on campus: 1
Varsity sports: soccer, basketball, volleyball, cross country
Athletic conference: PAC-8
What’s new? Baseball will be added in 2013. Facility improvements include a new wood gym floor.  
What sets it apart? CCS is dedicated to providing a Christian and classical liberal arts education to students in K4 through 12th grade. The curriculum is based upon the classical trivium. Students are taught how to make sense of what they learn, make connections, see implications, and then how to argue, debate, present, and communicate effectively both what they know and who they are.


Covenant Day School
800 Fullwood Ln., Matthews 704-847-2385     

covenantday.org
Year founded: 1989
Religious affiliation: Christian
Head of school (year started): Mark Davis (2012)
Earliest grade: TK
Oldest grade: 12th
Enrollment: 835
Avg. class size elementary: 18
Avg. class size middle: 18
Avg. class size high: 20
Grade foreign language first offered: Kindergarten
Languages offered: Spanish, Latin, French
Lowest tuition: $4,690
Annual tuition oldest grade: $11,990
Financial aid offered? Yes
Percentage of students on financial aid: 18%
Uniform required? TK-8 only
Bus service offered? No
Middle school sports: cross country, tennis, soccer, basketball, swimming, track and field, baseball, volleyball, cheerleading, softball
Middle school theater productions per year: 3
High school theater productions per year: 3
Number of AP classes: 17
Percentage scoring 3+ on AP classes: 91%
Avg. senior SAT scores: 1836 (new) 1214 (old)
Seniors with National Merit recognition: 3
Number of art studios on campus: 3
Varsity sports: cross country, tennis, soccer, basketball, swimming, track and field, baseball, volleyball, cheerleading, softball, golf
Athletic conference: MAC
What’s new? New curriculum additions include an aquaponics program and an iPad program for middle school students. Facility additions include the Warner Park Athletic Field and baseball and softball field upgrades.
What sets it apart? At Covenant Day School, students thrive in a nurturing environment where academic excellence and spiritual training are blended without compromise.


 

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