Guide to Private Schools



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.


 

 

The Fletcher School
8500 Sardis Rd. 704-365-4658     

thefletcherschool.org
Year founded: 1982
Head of school (year started): Margaret Sigmon (1995)
Earliest grade: Kindergarten
Oldest grade: 12th
Enrollment: 270
Percentage nonwhite: 4.5%
Avg. class size elementary: 6
Avg. class size middle: 6
Avg. class size high: 6
Grade foreign language first offered: 9th
Languages offered: Spanish
Lowest tuition: $20,730
Annual tuition oldest grade: $21,810
Financial aid offered? Yes
Percentage of students on financial aid: 12%
Uniform required? No
Bus service offered? No
Annual teacher retention rate: 96%
Middle school sports: basketball, cross country, flag football, soccer, swimming, tennis, Ultimate, volleyball
Number of art studios on campus: 2
Varsity sports: basketball, cross country, flag football, soccer, swimming, tennis, Ultimate, volleyball
Athletic conference: CACAA
What sets it apart? The Fletcher School is a nonprofit, independent school offering a comprehensive educational program designed to build the academic, social, and emotional competence of students with specific learning disabilities and/or ADHD.


Gaston Day School
2001 Gaston Day School Rd. 704-864-7744     

gastonday.org
Year founded: 1970
Head of school (year started): Dr. Richard Rankin (2000)
Earliest grade: PS
Oldest grade: 12th
Enrollment: 1,402
Percentage nonwhite: 20%
Avg. class size elementary: 15
Avg. class size middle: 20
Avg. class size high: 17
Grade foreign language first offered: Kindergarten
Languages offered: Spanish, French, Latin
Lowest tuition: $5,935
Annual tuition oldest grade: $13,640
Financial aid offered? Yes
Percentage of students on financial aid: 25%
Uniform required? Occasionally
Bus service offered? Yes
Middle school sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer, volleyball
Middle school theater productions per year: 1
High school theater productions per year: 2
Number of musical ensembles: 7
Number of AP classes: 11
Percentage of students scoring 3+ on AP classes: 84%
Avg. senior SAT scores: 1216
Seniors with National Merit recognition: 2
Number of art studios on campus: 2
Varsity sports: basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball
Athletic conference: NCISAA 2A, SPAA
What’s new? The Learning Academy provides a student-centered environment where qualified teachers and specialists are devoted to helping students excel academically and in life.
What sets it apart? Gaston Day School’s studio and gallery produces nationally recognized student works every year. The genetic engineering team competes with colleges such as Harvard, Yale and MIT. The student literary magazine has been voted best in the state for four years in a row.  


Grace Covenant Academy
17301 Statesville Rd., Cornelius 704-892-5601     

gracecovenantacademy.org
Year founded: 2001
Religious affiliation: Nondenominational
Head of school (year started): Kimberly Goodwin (2001)
Earliest grade: Three-year-olds
Oldest grade: 5th
Enrollment: 125
Percentage nonwhite: 25%
Avg. class size elementary: 16
Grade foreign language first offered: Kindergarten
Languages offered: Spanish
Lowest tuition: $3,640
Annual tuition oldest grade: $5,600
Financial aid offered? Yes
Percentage of students on financial aid: 12%
Uniform required? Yes
Bus service offered? No
Annual teacher retention rate: 95%
What sets it apart? Grace Covenant equips children for life by releasing their God-given potential. It nurtures decision-making and problem solving skills, enabled by the application of God’s word and excellent academics.


Hickory Grove Christian School
6050 Hickory Grove Rd. 704-531-4001     

hgchristian.org
Year founded: 1995
Religious affiliation: Christian, Baptist
Head of school (year started): G.T. Freeman (2011)
Earliest grade: TK
Oldest grade: 12th
Enrollment: 1,000
Percentage nonwhite: 16%
Avg. class size elementary: 20
Avg. class size middle: 20
Avg. class size high: 20
Grade foreign language first offered: TK
Languages offered: Spanish, French
Lowest tuition: $4,813
Annual tuition oldest grade: $5,894
Financial aid offered? No
Uniform required? No
Bus service offered? Yes
Middle school sports: football, cheerleading, soccer, volleyball, cross country, basketball, swimming, baseball, softball
High school theater productions per year: 2
Number of musical ensembles: 5
Advanced electives: Dual enrollment leadership development classes.
Number of AP classes: 9
Percentage of students scoring 3+ on AP classes: 60%
Avg. senior SAT scores: 1537
Seniors with National Merit recognition: 1
Number of art studios on campus: 2
Varsity sports: football, cheerleading, soccer, volleyball, cross country, tennis, basketball, swimming, wrestling, baseball, softball, golf
Varsity state championships/semifinals past three years: girls basketball, girls softball, golf (individual)
Athletic conference: NCISAA 3A, MAC
What sets it apart? Hickory Grove Christian School offers a quality Christ-centered education at an affordable price.  


Holy Trinity Catholic Middle School
3100 Park Rd.   704-370-3361   

htcms.org
Year founded: 1995
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Head of school (year started): Kevin Parks (2009)
Earliest grade: 6th
Oldest grade: 8th
Enrollment: 871
Avg. class size middle: 14
Grade foreign language first offered: 6th
Languages offered: Spanish, French, German
Lowest tuition: $5,912
Annual tuition oldest grade: $5,912-$9,188
Financial aid offered? Yes
Uniform required? Yes
Bus service offered? Yes
Annual teacher retention rate: 95%
Middle school sports: volleyball, soccer, football, tennis, wrestling, basketball, track and field, softball, golf, baseball, cross country, lacrosse, cheerleading
Number of musical ensembles: 4
Advanced electives: Algebra, Spanish, broadcasting, knitting/sewing, animation, creative writing, public speaking, Gutenberg Project, book illustration, technical drawing, Mercy in Action, Catholic Social Teaching, web design, Introduction to Marketing, band, chorus, musical theater
Number of art studios on campus: 1
Athletic conference: GCMSAA
What’s new? Each grade level was recently outfitted with MacBooks and iPads.
What sets it apart? Holy Trinity Catholic Middle School offers a Catholic education, excellent academics, and dynamic athletics. Holy Trinity Catholic Middle School is the only Catholic middle school in North Carolina.


The John Crosland School
5146 Parkway Plaza Blvd.
704-365-5490     

johncroslandschool.org
Year founded: 1978
Head of school (year started): Maria Leahy (2012)
Earliest grade: Kindergarten
Oldest grade: 12th
Enrollment: 85
Avg. class size elementary: 7
Avg. class size middle: 7
Avg. class size high: 7
Grade foreign language first offered: 9th
Languages offered: Spanish
Lowest tuition: $16,020
Annual tuition oldest grade: $19,425
Financial aid offered? Yes
Percentage of students on financial aid: 28%
Uniform required? No
Bus service offered? No
Annual teacher retention rate: 89%
Middle school sports: cross country, basketball, golf, tennis
Number of musical ensembles: 7
Avg. senior SAT scores: critical reading: 513, math: 450, writing: 510
Number of art studios on campus: 1
Varsity sports: cross country, basketball, golf, tennis
Athletic conference: CGAS and MSAC
What’s new? The John Crosland School has a new 60,000-square-foot building on six acres of land with more classroom space, a new music studio with three practice rooms, and a new service project club for high school students.
What sets it apart? The John Crosland School is a K-12, college preparatory independent school solely for students diagnosed with learning disabilities and/or ADHD. It offers full-time music and art programs and encourages the use of technology and the arts to help create new pathways in the brain and provide the opportunity for children to express themselves in new ways.


Lake Norman Christian School
251 South St., Davidson 704-987-9811     

lknc.org
Year founded: 2008
Religious affiliation: Nondenominational
Head of school (year started): Sarah Beam (2011)
Earliest grade: Kindergarten
Oldest grade: 10th (11th in 2013, 12th in 2014)
Enrollment: 121
Percentage nonwhite: 10%
Avg. class size elementary: Max. 12 in Kindergarten and 15 grades 1-5
Avg. class size middle: Max. 18
Avg. class size high: Max. 18
Grade foreign language first offered: Kindergarten
Languages offered: Spanish, Latin
Lowest tuition: $6,995
Annual tuition oldest grade: $8,600
Financial aid offered? Yes
Uniform required? Yes
Bus service offered? No
Annual teacher retention rate: High
Middle school sports: volleyball, basketball, soccer, golf, tennis
Middle school theater productions per year: 2
High school theater productions per year: 2
Advanced electives: Several options in visual/fine arts including pottery wheels/kiln, film, and drama
Number of art studios on campus: 1
What’s new? The school moved into the former Davidson IB School building in Davidson.
What sets it apart? Lake Norman Christian School takes pride in educating each child with excellence—intellectually, physically, and socially, while developing moral and spiritual growth.


Metrolina Christian Academy
732 Indian Trail-Fairview Rd., Indian Trail 704-882-3375     

metrolinachristian.org
Year founded: 1992
Religious affiliation: Baptist
Head of school (year started): Rev. Rick Calloway (1997)
Earliest grade: TK
Oldest grade: 12th
Enrollment: 1,050
Percentage nonwhite: 12%
Avg. class size elementary: 20
Avg. class size middle: 22
Avg. class size high: 22
Grade foreign language first offered: 9th
Languages offered: Spanish
Lowest tuition: $4,800
Annual tuition oldest grade: $6,260
Financial aid offered? Only to returning students
Percentage of students on financial aid: 5%
Uniform required? No
Bus service offered? No
Annual teacher retention rate: 95%
Middle school sports: football, cross country, cheerleading, volleyball, tennis, basketball, wrestling, baseball, softball, soccer, golf, and track and field
Middle school theater productions per year: 1
High school theater productions per year: 4
Number of musical ensembles: 2
Advanced electives: Concurrent enrollment, dual enrollment, and online college courses
Number of AP classes: 3
Percentage of students scoring 3+ on AP classes: 20%
Avg. senior SAT scores: 1600
Seniors with National Merit recognition: 1
Number of art studios on campus: 2
Varsity sports: football, cross country, cheerleading, volleyball, tennis, basketball, wrestling, baseball, softball, soccer, golf, and track and field.
Varsity state championships/semifinals past three years: softball, wrestling, track and field, discus
Athletic conference: MAC
What’s new? The new Warrior Athletic Complex has four athletic fields.  
What sets it apart? Metrolina Christian Academy is focused on preparing each individual student to excel in the classroom, on college campuses, and in their chosen professions. The school’s desire is that they form a biblical worldview to prepare them for a life that honors Christ.


Northside Christian Academy
333 Jeremiah Blvd. 704-599-9015     

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Year founded: 1961
Religious affiliation: Baptist
Head of school (year started): Tony Fajardo (2010)
Earliest grade: K5
Oldest grade: 12th
Enrollment: 553
Percentage nonwhite: 38%
Avg. class size elementary: 14
Avg. class size middle: 20
Avg. class size high: 22
Grade foreign language first offered: K5
Languages offered: Spanish
Lowest tuition: $3,500-$5,460
Annual tuition oldest grade: $6,755
Financial aid offered? Yes
Percentage of students on financial aid: 11%
Uniform required? Yes
Bus service offered? No
Middle school sports: soccer, volleyball, cheerleading, cross country, basketball, softball, baseball, track and field, golf
Middle school theater productions per year: 1
High school theater productions per year: 1
Number of musical ensembles: 8
Advanced electives: AP calculus, AP English, AP biology, AP U.S. history, honors chemistry, honors pre-calculus, Principals of Leadership, Music History & Appreciation, advanced art, Mind Games, Foundations of Music, speech/drama
Number of AP classes: 4
Percentage of students scoring 3+ on AP classes: 91%
Avg. senior SAT scores: 1616
Number of art studios on campus: 2
Varsity sports: soccer, volleyball, cheerleading, cross country, basketball, softball, baseball, track and field, golf
Varsity state championships/semifinals past three years: Boys basketball, wrestling
Athletic conference: NCISSA 2A and MAC
What’s new? Each ninth grade student is given an iPad 2; there is a mobile iPad 2 lab in elementary, and an iPad 2 lab in secondary school.
What sets it apart? Northside Christian points to its mission statement: “To provide a Christ-centered, biblically based education in pursuit of excellence.”


Omni Montessori School
9536 Blakeney Heath Rd. 704-541-1326     

omni-montessori.org
Year founded: 1985
Head of school (year started): Grae Baker (2009)
Earliest grade: age 3
Oldest grade: 9th
Enrollment: 214
Percentage nonwhite: 20%
Avg. class size elementary: 27
Avg. class size middle: 15
Avg. class size high: 15
Grade foreign language first offered: Age 3
Languages offered: Spanish
Lowest tuition: $7,600
Annual tuition oldest grade: $14,484
Financial aid offered? Yes
Percentage of students on financial aid: 10%
Uniform required? No
Bus service offered? Only for adolescent students between campuses
Annual teacher retention rate: Longer than 10 years
Middle school sports: women’s field hockey, Ultimate, soccer
Middle school theater productions per year: 2
High school theater productions per year: 2
Number of musical ensembles: 1
What’s new? The adolescent program recently added a science lab and an outdoor classroom. Also a new soccer team and a girls field hockey team.
What sets it apart? The children are given the freedom and independence to move freely around their classroom, choose their own work, and learn at their own pace with specially designed Montessori materials. Lessons are given one-on-one or in small groups. Children spend three years in the same classroom with the same teacher and form close relationships in a collaborative environment, developing self-reliance and independence. 


Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic School
4225 Shamrock Dr. 704-370-3361     

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Year founded: 1948
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Head of school (year started): Allana-Rae Ramkisson (2008)
Earliest grade: Pre-K
Oldest grade: 7th (adding 8th in 2013-14)
Enrollment: 147
Percentage nonwhite: 12%
Avg. class size elementary: 19
Avg. class size middle: 10
Grade foreign language first offered: Pre-K
Languages offered: Spanish
Lowest tuition: $2,961-$4,604
Annual tuition oldest grade: $5,912-$9,188
Financial aid offered? Yes
Uniform required? Yes
Bus service offered? Yes
Annual teacher retention rate: 95%
Number of musical ensembles: 1
Advanced electives: Learning Enrichment Activities Program
Number of art studios on campus: 1
Athletic conference: In 2013-14: JPAC and WPAA
What’s new? Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic School is expanding to include middle school grades; eighth grade will be added for the 2013-14 school year.
What sets it apart? Spanish is a core subject in grades 1-7. Middle school students are part of a one-to-one technology program, and K-5 students who are advanced can attend enrichment (LEAP) classes daily.


Palisades Episcopal School
13120 Grand Palisades Pkwy. 704-583-1825     

pescharlotte.org
Year founded: 2006
Religious affiliation: Episcopal
Head of school (year started): Kerin Hughes (2006)
Earliest grade: 4K
Oldest grade: 8th
Enrollment: 165
Percentage nonwhite: 32%
Avg. class size elementary: 18
Avg. class size middle: 18
Grade foreign language first offered: JK
Languages offered: Spanish, Latin
Lowest tuition: $5,150
Annual tuition oldest grade: $11,285
Financial aid offered? Yes
Percentage of students on financial aid: 27%
Uniform required? Yes
Bus service offered? No
Annual teacher retention rate: 85%
Middle school sports: coed cross country, girls volleyball, girls and boys basketball, coed tennis, coed golf
Middle school theater productions per year: 2
Advanced electives: Latin, service learning projects, junior master gardener, drama
Number of art studios on campus: 1
Athletic conference: CGAA
What’s new? Palisades Episcopal School introduced an iPad pilot program for middle school students, single-gender middle school homerooms, project-based learning, and creation of an outdoor classroom.
What sets it apart? Palisades Episcopal School offers a Christ-centered learning environment that nurtures students’ commitment to service and faith. The rigorous, integrated classical curriculum develops the whole child, emphasizing critical thinking and problem-solving skills.


Phoenix Montessori Academy
17609 Old Statesville Rd., Cornelius 704-892-7536     

phoenixmontessori.org
Year founded: 2004
Religious affiliation: Secular
Head of school (year started): India Adams (2004)
Earliest grade: 18-month-old toddler program
Oldest grade: middle school level
Enrollment: 85
Percentage nonwhite: 20%
Avg. class size elementary: 16
Avg. class size middle: 9
Grade foreign language first offered: Age 3
Languages offered: Currently Mandarin, but it may vary
Lowest tuition: $6,635
Annual tuition oldest grade: $7,500
Financial aid offered? Yes
Uniform required? Yes
Bus service offered? No
Annual teacher retention rate: 90%
Middle school sports: basketball, tennis, soccer
Advanced electives: Students may choose to explore any avenue as long as they substantiate their decisions.
Number of art studios on campus: 1
Athletic conference: J-PAC, PAC-8
What sets it apart? PMA is a Montessori school with all lead teachers through the upper-elementary level (6th grade) holding American Montessori Society certification from a variety of training centers around the country.


Pioneer Springs Community School
9200 Bob Beatty Rd. 704-236-9610     

pioneersprings.org
Year founded: 2012
Head of school (year started): Cheryl Demers (2012)
Earliest grade: Kindergarten
Oldest grade: 2nd grade (grade added each year)
Enrollment: 60 maximum capacity
Percentage nonwhite: 10%
Avg. class size elementary: 18
Grade foreign language first offered: Kindergarten
Languages offered: Spanish
Lowest tuition: $5,500
Annual tuition oldest grade: $5,500
Financial aid offered? Yes
Percentage of students on financial aid: 10%
Uniform required? No
Bus service offered? No
Annual teacher retention rate: 100%
What’s new? The school itself. The 2012-13 school year is its inaugural year.
What sets it apart? Pioneer is a Basic School, based on the ideas of Dr. Ernest L. Boyer. The Basic School philosophy emphasizes an integrated curriculum, an active and creative learning environment, and character development. In addition, Pioneer Springs strives to connect students with the natural world by extending learning opportunities outside the classroom and promoting sustainable environmental practices.


Providence Day School
5800 Sardis Rd. 704-887-6001     

providenceday.org
Year founded: 1970
Head of school (year started): Dr. Glyn Cowlishaw (2011)
Earliest grade: TK
Oldest grade: 12th
Enrollment: 1550
Percentage nonwhite: 21%
Avg. class size elementary: TK: 12 students; K: 18 students; 1st-5th: 20 students
Avg. class size middle: 16
Avg. class size high: 15
Grade foreign language first offered: TK
Languages offered: Mandarin Chinese, French, Spanish, German, Latin
Lowest tuition: $15,500
Annual tuition oldest grade: $21,500
Financial aid offered? Yes
Percentage of students on financial aid: 15%
Uniform required? No
Bus service offered? Yes
Annual teacher retention rate: 93%
Middle school sports: baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, field hockey, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball, wrestling
Middle school theater productions per year: 3+
High school theater productions per year: 3+
Number of musical ensembles: 15+
Advanced electives: Advanced Global Leadership, Mandarin Chinese, contemporary world issues (8th), robotics (middle school), computer science (middle school), web design (middle school), Advanced Analysis, Advanced Current American Literature, Advanced World Literature 1 and 2, Advanced European Literature
Number of AP classes: 26
Percentage of students scoring 3+ on AP classes: 91%
Avg. senior SAT scores: Mid-50%: reading: 631; math: 652; writing: 627
Seniors with National Merit recognition: 28 in the last 3 years
Number of art studios on campus: 4, plus a darkroom and kiln
Varsity sports: baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, field hockey, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball, wrestling
Varsity state championships/semifinals past three years: 12 state championships in past three years
Athletic conference: NCISAA 3A Division/CISAA Conference
What’s new? Providence Day School (PDS) has new one-to-one iPad programs in lower, middle, and upper school that use technology to enhance student learning. PDS has also implemented flipped classrooms that develop opportunities for experiential learning and engaging content more fully. The school also has new mobile/modular desks that create collaborative learning spaces.
What sets it apart? For more than forty years, Providence Day School has fostered in each student a passion for learning, a strong sense of social responsibility, and a commitment to personal integrity. More than 60 percent of the faculty at PDS hold advanced degrees in their field. With more than 700 networked computers on campus, technology is a highly regarded educational tool. Teachers use wireless laptop computers, document cameras, SMART Boards, Senteo technology, video, and digital cameras for instruction. Providence Day School is a global school. Lower school students are introduced to Chinese, Spanish, and French. The Global Studies Diploma Program, the first of its kind in the country, allows students in grades 9-12 to choose a curriculum and set of experiences that lead to a second Global Studies diploma.


St. Ann Catholic School
600 Hillside Ave. 704-370-3361     

stannscatholicschool.com
Year founded: 1955
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Head of school (year started): Peggy Mazzola (2009)
Earliest grade: Pre-K
Oldest grade: 5th
Enrollment: 195
Avg. class size elementary: 17
Grade foreign language first offered: Kindergarten
Languages offered: Spanish
Lowest tuition: $2,961-$4,604
Annual tuition oldest grade: $5,336-$8,586
Financial aid offered? Yes
Uniform required? Yes
Bus service offered? Yes
Annual teacher retention rate: 95%
Number of musical ensembles: 1
Advanced electives: Learning Enrichment Activities Program, Learning Language Stimulation Program
Number of art studios on campus: 1
What’s new? The Learning Language Stimulation Program is a new addition.
What sets it apart? St. Ann Catholic School is committed to the spiritual, academic, social, physical, and creative development of its students and to working with parents and the community to accomplish its goals.


St. Gabriel Catholic School
3028 Providence Rd. 704-370-3361     

stgabrielcatholicschool.org
Year founded: 1958
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Head of school (year started): Sharon Broxterman (1999)
Earliest grade: Kindergarten
Oldest grade: 5th
Enrollment: 562
Avg. class size elementary: 17
Grade foreign language first offered: Kindergarten
Languages offered: Spanish
Lowest tuition: $5,336
Annual tuition oldest grade: $5,336-$8,586
Financial aid offered? Yes
Uniform required? Yes
Bus service offered? Yes
Annual teacher retention rate: 95%
Number of musical ensembles: 2
Advanced electives: STEM program in 4th and 5th grades
Number of art studios on campus: 1
Athletic conference: Interfaith League
What’s new? St. Gabriel Catholic School is now implementing a STEM program for fourth and fifth grades.
What sets it apart? The school’s family-centered community.


St. Mark Catholic School
14750 Stumptown Rd., Huntersville 704-370-3361     

stmarkcatholicschool.net
Year founded: 2003
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Head of school (year started): Deborah Butler (2004)
Earliest grade: Kindergarten
Oldest grade: 8th
Enrollment: 763
Avg. class size elementary: 27
Avg. class size middle: 15
Grade foreign language first offered: Kindergarten
Languages offered: Spanish
Lowest tuition: $5,336
Annual tuition oldest grade: $5,912-$9,188
Financial aid offered? Yes
Uniform required? Yes
Bus service offered? Yes
Annual teacher retention rate: 95%
Middle school sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball
Number of musical ensembles: 1
Advanced electives: band program, broadcast journalism, Learning Enrichment Activities Program (LEAP), honors chorus, dance
Number of art studios on campus: 1
Athletic conference: WPAA and JPAC
What’s new? St. Mark Catholic School has instituted a new service project in support of relief for Hurricane Sandy.
What sets it apart? St. Mark offers a Catholic education in a K-8 model with broad, challenging curriculum and extracurricular activities that enhance the school experience.


St. Matthew Catholic School
11525 Elm Ln. 704-370-3361     

st-matts.com
Year founded: 1992
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Head of school (year started): Kevin O’Herron (2003)
Earliest grade: TK
Oldest grade: 5th
Enrollment: 614
Avg. class size elementary: 27
Grade foreign language first offered: Kindergarten
Languages offered: Spanish
Lowest tuition: $5,336
Annual tuition oldest grade: $5,336-$8,586
Financial aid offered? Yes
Uniform required? Yes
Bus service offered? Yes
Annual teacher retention rate: 95%
Number of musical ensembles: 2
Advanced electives: LEAP, many technology initiatives
Number of art studios on campus: 1
What’s new? St. Matthew Catholic School implemented two mobile classroom sets of iPads, a new track on the playground, as well as other playground improvements.
What sets it apart? St. Matthew is truly a Christian family.


St. Patrick Catholic School
1125 Buchanan St. 704-370-3361     

saintpatrickschool.org
Year founded: 1930
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Head of school (year started): Debbie Mixer (2006)
Earliest grade: Kindergarten
Oldest grade: 5th
Enrollment: 335
Avg. class size elementary: 20
Grade foreign language first offered: Kindergarten
Languages offered: Spanish
Lowest tuition: $5,336
Annual tuition oldest grade: $5,336-$8,586
Financial aid offered? Yes
Uniform required? Yes
Bus service offered? Yes
Annual teacher retention rate: 95%
Number of musical ensembles: 5
Advanced electives: LEAP Learning Enrichment Activities Program and HOTS (Higher Order Thinking Skills)
Number of art studios on campus: 1
What’s new? St. Patrick Catholic School has initiated a Down Syndrome inclusion program
What sets it apart? St. Patrick Catholic School has a sense of community and faith coupled with academic excellence.


 

 

SouthLake Christian Academy
13820 Hagers Ferry Rd. 704-949-2200     

southlakechristian.org
Year founded: 1994
Religious affiliation: Presbyterian
Head of school (year started): Dr. C. Wayne Parker II (1996)
Earliest grade: JK
Oldest grade: 12th
Enrollment: 940
Percentage nonwhite: 12%
Avg. class size elementary: 22
Avg. class size middle: 23
Avg. class size high: 19
Grade foreign language first offered: 3rd
Languages offered: Greek, Latin, Spanish, French
Lowest tuition: $6,300
Annual tuition oldest grade: $8,950
Financial aid offered? Yes
Percentage of students on financial aid: 25%
Uniform required? Yes
Bus service offered? Yes
Annual teacher retention rate: 95%
Middle school sports: football, volleyball, cheerleading, basketball, wrestling, softball, tennis, cross country, lacrosse, baseball, swimming, soccer
Middle school theater productions per year: 1
High school theater productions per year: 1
Number of musical ensembles: 2
Number of AP classes: 12
Percentage of students scoring 3+ on AP classes: 75%
Avg. senior SAT scores: Median SAT (2400 scale), 1699
Seniors with National Merit recognition: 2
Number of art studios on campus: 2
Varsity sports: football, volleyball, cheerleading, basketball, wrestling, softball, tennis, cross country, lacrosse, baseball, swimming, soccer
Varsity state championships/semifinals past three years: football, baseball, volleyball, swimming, wrestling
Athletic conference: MAC
What’s new? The school has a new artificial field turf for use by football, soccer, and lacrosse teams, as well as the student body during PE/recess, and a new athletic field house used by all athletes.
What sets it apart? SouthLake Christian Academy offers academic excellence with a Christian worldview.


Trinity Episcopal School
750 E. 9th St
704-358-8101     

TEScharlotte.org
Year founded: 2000
Religious affiliation: Episcopal
Head of school (year started): Thomas J. Franz (2011)
Earliest grade: Kindergarten
Oldest grade: 8th
Enrollment: 405
Percentage nonwhite: 22%
Avg. class size elementary: 12:1
Avg. class size middle: 15:1
Grade foreign language first offered: Kindergarten
Languages offered: Spanish, Latin
Lowest tuition: $14,510
Annual tuition oldest grade: $15,820
Financial aid offered? Yes
Percentage of students on financial aid: 24%
Uniform required? Yes
Bus service offered? No
Annual teacher retention rate: 64%
Middle school sports: girls volleyball, coed cross country, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls tennis, boys and girls basketball, coed track and field, coed golf
Middle school theater productions per year: 2
Number of musical ensembles: 11
Advanced electives: Core Skills for the 21st Century (CS-21), Life Skills, STEM elective, K-8 Book Buddies, Grade 8 Leadership Seminar
Number of art studios on campus: 2
Athletic conference: Queen City Conference
What sets it apart? Trinity Episcopal School is the only K-8 independent school in uptown Charlotte. The faculty is committed to creating scholars by redefining academic rigor using a workshop approach, inspiring a responsibility for students’ own learning, and promoting their curiosity in the classroom and the world around them. As an urban school, Trinity has an extended campus that includes Center City destinations such as ImaginOn, Discovery Place, and the Mint Museum.


Woodlawn School
135 Woodlawn School Loop, Mooresville
704-895-8653     

woodlawnschool.org
Year founded: 2002
Head of school (year started): Angela McKenzie (2006)
Earliest grade: Kindergarten
Oldest grade: 12th
Enrollment: 220
Percentage nonwhite: 14%
Avg. class size elementary: 13
Avg. class size middle: 15
Avg. class size high: 13
Grade foreign language first offered: Kindergarten
Languages offered: Spanish
Lowest tuition: $11,100
Annual tuition oldest grade: $13,400
Financial aid offered? Yes
Percentage of students on financial aid: 11%
Uniform required? No
Bus service offered? No
Annual teacher retention rate: 92%
Middle school sports: boys and girls cross country, girls volleyball, boys and girls basketball, coed soccer, coed tennis, coed golf
Middle school theater productions per year: 2
High school theater productions per year: 2
Number of musical ensembles: 2
Advanced electives: Cooking, medical physiology
Number of AP classes: 9
Percentage of students scoring 3+ on AP classes: 91%
Avg. senior SAT scores: 1975
Seniors with National Merit recognition: 4
Number of art studios on campus: 2
Varsity sports: boys and girls cross country, girls volleyball, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, boys golf
Athletic conference: MSAC (varsity), WPAA (middle school)
What’s new? Woodlawn School is hosting eight upper school students from Guatemala for two months.
What sets it apart? One hundred percent of Woodlawn graduates attend four-year colleges or universities, including colleges such as Princeton, Yale, Middlebury, Williams, Bowdoin, Carleton, and NYU. The sixty-one-acre campus is located on a historic plantation. Woodlawn also offers teacher-led international travel to students every year for the past eight years.
 

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