Guide to Private Schools—2014

Application season is here, and with that in mind we have compiled a comprehensive, detailed guide to most of the area 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 2014–2015 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. 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. Schools with enrollment of fewer than 100 appear in the online version of this guide at www.charlottemagazine.com. If you represent a school and have a questionabout this guide, please send an email to editor@charlottemagazine.com with “Private School Guide” in the subject line.

Guide to Acronyms

CGAA: Charlotte Gastonia Athletic Association
CACAA: Charlotte Area Christian Athletic
    Association
CISAA: Conference of Independent Schools  
    Athletic Association
GCMSAA: Greater Charlotte Middle School
    Athletic Association
MAC: Metrolina Athletic Conference
MACS: Mecklenburg Area Catholic Schools
NCISAA: N.C. Independent Schools
    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.


Anami Montessori School
2901 Archdale Drive
704-556-0042
anamimontessori.org
Year founded: 1986
Head of school (year started): Joan Horlbeck (1986)
Youngest grade: Age 3
Oldest grade: 6th
Enrollment: 70
Percentage nonwhite: 19%
Avg. class size: 28
Annual teacher retention rate: 91%
Lowest tuition: $7,350
Annual tuition, oldest grade: $10,600
Financial aid offered: Yes
Percentage on financial aid: 13%
Uniform required: No
Bus service offered: No
What’s new: The elementary student panel (consisting of current students and alumni) shares life stories in our elementary class. Event is scheduled for 7 p.m. on January 14.
What sets it apart: One of only two schools in North Carolina recognized by the Association Montessori International (AMI), the only organization Dr. Maria Montessori founded.


Arborbrook Christian Academy
4823 Waxhaw-Indian Trail Rd., Matthews
704-821-9952
arborbrook.org
Founded:2004
Religious affiliation: Christian, nondenominational
Head of school (year started): Joy Fisk (2012)
Youngest grade: Kindergarten
Oldest grade: 12th
Enrollment: 159
Percentage nonwhite: 1%
Avg. class size, elementary: 12
Avg. class size, middle: 14
Avg. class size, high: 15
Annual teacher retention rate: 80%
Lowest tuition: $4,950 (four days a week)
Annual tuition, oldest grade: $6,248
Financial aid offered: No
Uniform required: Yes
Bus service offered: No
Foreign language first offered: 9th
Foreign languages offered: Spanish
Advanced electives: Sign language, top chef, archery
Avg. senior SAT scores: 1699
Middle school sports: Basketball, cheerleading, cross country, soccer
Varsity sports: Basketball, cheerleading, cross country, soccer
Varsity state championships/semifinals, past three years: 4
Athletic conference: NCCAA
Annual middle school theater productions: 1
Annual high school theater productions: 1
Musical ensembles: 2
What’s new: Hands-on learning and Charlotte Mason philosophy
What sets it apart: Four-day school week


Back Creek Christian Academy
1827 Back Creek Church Rd.
704-549-4101
bccaschool.org
Founded: 1999
Religious affiliation: Reformed Presbyterian
Head of school (year started): Janet K. Ballard (2002)
Youngest grade: Transitional kindergarten
Oldest grade: 8th
Enrollment: 205
Percentage nonwhite: 45%
Avg. class size, elementary: 16
Avg. class size, middle: 20
Annual teacher retention rate: 96%
Lowest tuition: $5,340
Annual tuition, oldest grade: $5,496
Financial aid offered: Yes
Percentage on financial aid: 24%
Uniform required: Yes
Bus service offered: No
Foreign language first offered: 3rd
Foreign languages offered: Latin
Advanced electives: Human arts and letters, algebra I
Middle school sports: Soccer, cross country, basketball, volleyball, soccer, step team
Annual middle school theater productions: 2
Musical ensembles: 3
What’s new: An expanded music program, including guitar ensemble and hand bells
What sets it apart: Classical pedagogy partnered with a Christian worldview


Brisbane Academy Preparatory School
5901 Statesville Road
704-598-5208
brisbaneacademy.org
Founded: 1992
Head of school (year started): Christopher A. Crooks (2005)
Youngest grade: Prekindergarten
Oldest grade: 12th
Enrollment: 81
Percentage nonwhite: 90%
Avg. class size, elementary: 8
Avg. class size, middle: 8
Avg. class size, high: 7
Annual teacher retention rate: 90%
Lowest tuition: $5,500
Annual tuition, oldest grade: $8,950
Financial aid offered: Yes
Percentage on financial aid: 60%
Uniform required: Yes
Bus service offered: No
Foreign language first offered: 1st grade
Foreign languages offered: Spanish, French
Middle school theater productions per year: 1
What’s new: High School Careerdi Speaker Series
What sets it apart: 100% high school graduation rate, 100% pass rate on End of Course Testing, 96% college admissions rate for graduating seniors


British American School of Charlotte
7000 Endhaven Ln.
704-341-3236
britishschoolofcharlotte.org
Founded: 2004
Head of school (year started): Adam Stevens (2008)
Youngest grade: Age 2
Oldest grade: British Year 11
Enrollment: 155
Avg. class size, elementary: 20
Avg. class size, middle: 14
Avg. class size, high: 14
Annual teacher retention rate: 90%
Lowest tuition: $8,640/$12,980
Annual tuition, oldest grade: $19,705
Financial aid offered: No
Uniform required: Yes
Bus service offered: No
Foreign language first offered: Pre-kindergarten
Languages offered: French, Spanish
Advanced electives: IGCSE qualifications, International Primary and Middle Years Curriculum, English National Curriculum, British Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum
Middle school sports: Soccer, basketball, baseball, rugby
Annual middle school theater productions: 1
Annual high school theater productions: 1
Musical ensembles: 2
What’s new: Joined Nord Anglia Education, a group of premier international schools educating more than 16,000 students in 11 countries. Participate in a Global Classroom with children from around the world.
What sets it apart: A personalized, learning-driven curriculum that empowers individual achievement. Children learn in exciting ways; become motivated, successful learners; and grow as confident, caring, global citizens.


Brookstone Schools
2414 Lester St.
704-392-6330
brookstoneschools.org
Founded: 2001
Head of school (year started): Dr. Donald M. Larson (2009)
Youngest grade: Kindergarten
Oldest grade: 7th
Enrollment: 111
Percentage nonwhite: 97%
Avg. class size, elementary: 15
Avg. class size, middle: 10
Lowest tuition: Tuition is income based
Annual tuition, oldest grade: Tuition is income based
Financial aid offered: Yes
Percentage on financial aid: 100%
Uniform required: Yes
Bus service offered: No
Annual middle school theater productions: 1-2
Musical ensembles: 1
Art studios on campus: 1


Cannon School
5801 Poplar Tent Rd., Concord
704-786-8171
cannonschool.org
Founded: 1969
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Head of school (year started): Matthew E. Gossage (2006)
Youngest grade: Junior kindergarten
Oldest grade: 12th
Enrollment: 935
Percentage nonwhite: 20%
Avg. class size, elementary: 17
Avg. class size, middle: 18
Avg. class size, high: 16
Lowest tuition: $11,440
Annual tuition, oldest grade: $18,860
Financial aid offered: Yes
Percentage on financial aid: 20%
Uniform required: Lower school only
Bus service offered: Yes
Foreign language first offered: 1st grade
Foreign languages offered: Chinese, French, Spanish
Advanced electives: The Voice: fiction and poetry writing; Film: science fiction and fantasy; movies and the American experience; discrete mathematics, honors; mathematics of finance, honors; anatomy and physiology, honors; electricity and magnetism, honors; introduction to engineering, honors; topics in sociology, honors; digital photography; jazz combo
AP classes: 17
Percentage scoring 3+ on AP tests: 81%
Avg. senior SAT scores: 1170-1360 (1600 scale); 1720-2020 (2400 scale)
Seniors with National Merit recognition: 8 (class of 2013)
Middle school sports: Baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, football, golf, boys lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball
Varsity sports: Baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, football, golf, boys lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball
Varsity state championships/semifinals, past three years: girls golf (state champions three years in a row), softball, lacrosse
Athletic conference: GCMSAA (middle school), CISAA (high school)
Annual middle school theater productions: 1
Annual high school theater productions: 3
Musical ensembles: 14
Art studios on campus: 4
What’s new: Lower-school students participate in adaptive expertise days. First- through fourth-grade classrooms have iPads. The middle-school schedule provides 15 minutes each day for unstructured playtime in conjunction with lunch. Seventh- and eighth-graders have art-intensive weeks in the fall and spring. Upper-school students have Winterm, a new learning experience. Opportunities include college-level academics, travel abroad, and service projects.
What sets it apart: The educational philosophy—adaptive expertise—combines habits of mind and spirit to provide students with a strategy to know themselves, seek truth, communicate, and relate with others. Students cultivate the ability to reflect, take risks, and decide for themselves.


Carmel Christian School
1145 Pineville-Matthews Rd., Matthews
704-849-9723
carmelchristian.org
Founded: 1993
Religious affiliation: Southern Baptist
Head of school (year started): J. Van Wade (1999)
Youngest grade: Kindergarten
Oldest grade: 12th
Enrollment: 735
Percentage nonwhite: 10%
Avg. class size, elementary: 22
Avg. class size, middle: 22
Avg. class size, high: 17
Annual teacher retention rate: 94%
Lowest tuition: $7,854 (kindergarten/half-day)
Annual tuition, oldest grade: $9,432
Financial aid offered: Yes
Uniform required: Grades K-8
Bus service offered: No
Foreign language first offered: Kindergarten
Foreign languages offered: Spanish, Latin, French
Advanced electives: Robotics/CAD design, chamber ensemble/praise team band, modern praise dance
AP classes: 7
Seniors with National Merit recognition: 1 commended student
Middle school sports: Soccer, volleyball, cross country, basketball, cheerleading, swimming, golf, baseball, track, tennis
Varsity sports: Soccer, volleyball, cross country, basketball, cheerleading, swimming, golf, baseball, track, tennis
Varsity state championships/semifinals, past three years: 1 state semifinalist (boys soccer)
Athletic conference: SPAA
Annual middle school theater productions: 2
Annual high school theater productions: 2
Musical ensembles: 4
Art studios on campus: 1
What’s new: State-of-the-art middle school science lab and STEM labs. First graduating class in May 2014.
What sets it apart: J-Term: For one week in January, students in grades ninth through 12th participate in “learning without walls.” This program includes internships in the community, mission trips, college tours, and unique classes on campus.


Charlotte Adventist Christian Academy
4601 Emory Lane
704-366-4351
adventistchristianacademy.org
Founded: 1919
Religious affiliation: Seventh-day Adventist
Head of school (year started): Fred Armstrong (2013)
Youngest grade: Prekindergarten
Oldest grade: 10th
Enrollment: 80
Percentage nonwhite: 61%
Avg. class size, elementary: 15
Avg. class size, middle: 15
Avg. class size, high: 10
Annual teacher retention rate: 90%
Financial aid offered: Yes
Percentage on financial aid: 80%
Uniform required: Yes
Bus service offered: No
Foreign language first offered: Prekindergarten
Foreign languages offered: Spanish, French
Middle school sports: Soccer, basketball, volleyball
Annual middle school theater productions: 2
Annual high school theater productions: 1
Musical ensembles: 5
Art studios on campus: 1
What’s new: Gymnastics
What sets it apart: Small student/teacher ratios and high student achievement


Charlotte Catholic High School
7702 Pineville-Matthews Road
704-543-1127
charlottecatholic.org
Founded: 1955
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Head of school (year started): Jerry Healy (2003)
Youngest grade: 9th
Oldest grade: 12th
Enrollment: 1,418
Avg. class size: 19
Annual teacher retention rate: 95%
Lowest tuition: $8,942
Annual tuition, oldest grade: $8,942-$12,735
Financial aid offered: Yes
Uniform required: Yes
Bus service offered: Yes
Foreign language first offered: 9th
Foreign languages offered: French, German, Latin, Spanish
Advanced electives: An engineering curriculum including honors engineering, one-to-one program with MacBook Pros issued to all students
AP classes: 16
Avg. senior SAT scores: 1570-1900
Seniors with National Merit recognition: 5 semifinalists
Varsity sports: Field hockey, volleyball, cross country, soccer, football, hockey, softball, baseball, rugby, track and field, lacrosse, wrestling, swimming, basketball
Varsity state championships/semifinals, past three years: 14
Athletic conference: SoMeck 8 4A of the N.C. High School Athletic Association
Annual high school theater productions: 2
Musical ensembles: 1
Art studios on campus: 2
What sets it apart: Catholic culture, strong academic program, strong sports program, community service emphasis


Charlotte Christian School
7301 Sardis Rd.
704-366-5657
charlottechristian.com
Founded: 1950
Religious affiliation: Christian, nondenominational
Head of school (year started): Barry Giller (2010)
Youngest grade: Junior kindergarten
Oldest grade: 12th
Enrollment: 1,014
Percentage nonwhite: 20.1%
Avg. class size, elementary: 18
Avg. class size, middle: 20
Avg. class size, high: 18
Annual teacher retention rate: 90%
Lowest tuition: $12,450
Annual tuition oldest grade: $17,865
Financial aid offered: Yes
Percentage on financial aid: 25%
Uniform required: No
Bus service offered: No
Foreign language first offered: Junior kindergarten
Languages offered: Spanish, French, Latin
Advanced electives: STEM lab, broadcasting, biblical studies and apologetics, drama, leadership 101, online media magazines, digital music, CSI forensics, app design, CAD architecture, lifetime fitness
AP classes: 20
Percentage scoring 3+ on AP tests: 79%
Avg. senior SAT scores: 1490-1760
Seniors with National Merit recognition: 2 (Class of 2014)
Middle school sports: Football, soccer, cross country, volleyball, cheerleading, tennis, basketball, golf, lacrosse, track, baseball, swimming, softball
High school sports: Football, cross country, volleyball, cheerleading, tennis, soccer, swimming, basketball, wrestling, baseball, track, golf, softball, lacrosse, dance
Varsity state championships/semifinals, past three years: 5 state championships (2 football, 2 baseball, individual swimming)
Athletic conference: NCISAA, CISAA
Annual middle school theater productions: 1
Annual high school theater productions: 3
Musical ensembles: 17
Art studios on campus: 3
What’s new: A campus-wide iPad initiative in which every teacher uses an iPad to integrate technology into teaching; groundbreaking on the new Center for Arts and Science; new middle school clubs, including Odyssey of the Mind; lower school STEM Lab; an all-inclusive healthy dining program.
What sets it apart: A 63-year legacy of excellence in Christian, college-prep education that integrates biblical learning into every subject. All students participate in local missions, and older students travel abroad for mission trips. The class of 2013 volunteered for more than 34,000 service hours and earned more than $4.7 million in college scholarships. In the past year, fine arts students earned five placements in the Carnegie Hall Performing Arts Series, 11 Blumey nominations and four Blumey Awards, 39 Regional Scholastic Art Awards, and three National Scholastic Awards, and the 2013 NCTC Regional Distinguished Play Award.


Charlotte Country Day School
1440 Carmel Road
704-943-4547
charlottecountryday.org
Founded: 1941
Head of school (year started): Mark Reed (2009)
Youngest grade: Junior kindergarten
Oldest grade: 12
Enrollment: 1,632
Percentage nonwhite: 16%
Avg. class size, elementary: 24 students (two full-time teachers per class)
Avg. class size, middle: 16
Avg. class size, high: 15
Annual teacher retention rate: 91%
Lowest tuition: $14,975
Annual tuition, oldest grade: $21,440
Financial aid: Yes
Percentage students on financial aid: 17%
Uniform required: No
Bus service offered: Yes
Foreign language first offered: Junior kindergarten
Languages offered: Elementary: French, Spanish. Middle: French, Spanish, Latin. High: French, Spanish, German, Chinese, Latin, Greek
Advanced electives: Organic chemistry, biomechanics, world religions
AP classes: 21
Percentage students scoring 3+ on AP tests: 90%
Avg. senior SAT scores: Mid-50%: 1720-2040
Seniors with National Merit recognition: 4
Middle school sports: Baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, field hockey, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball, wrestling
Varsity sports: Basketball, wrestling, cheerleading, dance, indoor track, swimming, cross country, field hockey, football, golf, soccer, volleyball, tennis, baseball, lacrosse, softball, track and field
Varsity state championships/semifinals, past three years: Field hockey, football, boys swimming, girls swimming, boys lacrosse, girls lacrosse, boys tennis, girls tennis, volleyball, baseball, girls soccer, boys track
Athletic conference: CISAA
Annual middle school theater productions: 2
Annual high school theater productions: 3
Musical ensembles: 9
Art studios on campus: 13
What’s new: Additions to the engineering /computer science curriculum, including: Raspberry Pi kits for students to design and develop their own operating systems, structural engineering build kits for a new team-based engineering elective, and Lego mindstorm robotics kits for students to develop their own functional robotic device.
What sets it apart: Charlotte Country Day is the only independent school in North Carolina to offer an International Baccalaureate (IB) program and the only independent school in Charlotte to offer organic chemistry. Through the Upper School Science Outreach Program, Country Day helps students find and secure summer internships in local and national university laboratory settings to help them experience real-world applications.


Charlotte Jewish Day School
5007 Providence Rd.
704-366-4558
cjdschool.org
Founded: 1988
Religious affiliation: Jewish
Head of school (year started): Mariasha Groner (1988)
Youngest grade: Junior kindergarten
Oldest grade: 5th
Enrollment: 101
Percentage nonwhite: 1%
Avg. class size: 15
Annual teacher retention rate: 90%
Lowest tuition: $9,900
Annual tuition, oldest grade: $13,800
Financial aid offered: Yes
Percentage on financial aid: 30%
Uniform required: No, but boys must wear a cap
Bus service offered: Yes (morning only)
Foreign language first offered: Kindergarten
Foreign languages offered: Hebrew
What’s new: Weekly Tae Kwon Do classes, integrated technology and art classes
What sets it apart: Strong differentiation and individualization, along with care and nurturing


Charlotte Latin School
9502 Providence Rd.
704-846-1100
charlottelatin.org
Founded: 1970
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Head of school (year started): Arch N. McIntosh Jr. (2001)
Youngest grade: Transitional kindergarten
Oldest grade: 12th
Enrollment: 1,400
Percentage nonwhite: 14%
Avg. class size, elementary: 23
Avg. class size, middle: 19
Avg. class size, high: 15
Annual teacher retention rate: 98%
Lowest tuition: $16,100
Annual tuition, oldest grade: $20,250
Financial aid offered: Yes
Uniform required: No
Bus service offered: Yes
Foreign language first offered: Transitional kindergarten
Foreign languages offered: Spanish, French, Latin, Chinese, Greek
Advanced electives: Girls engineering (middle school), Greek, forensics
AP classes: 14
Percentage scoring 3+ on AP tests: 98%
Avg. senior SAT scores: 1160-1400
Seniors with National Merit recognition: 15 commended students, 9 finalists, 2 scholars
Middle school sports: Baseball, basketball, cross country, field hockey, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, wrestling
Varsity sports: Baseball, basketball, cross country, dance, field hockey, football, boys golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, softball, tennis, track and field, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, wrestling
Varsity state championships/semifinals, past three years: 15 state championships (girls cross country, 2 field hockey, 3 volleyball, girls soccer, boys track and field, girls track and field, 2 wrestling, boys lacrosse, girls soccer, boys swimming, girls lacrosse); 22 semifinalists  (2 boys cross country, 3 football, 2 boys soccer, girls tennis, 2 boys swimming, wrestling, boys lacrosse, softball, 2 girls cross country, 2 girls swimming, 2 boys track and field, field hockey, girls lacrosse, girls soccer)
Athletic conference: CISAA
Annual middle school theater productions: 3
Annual high school theater productions: 4
Musical ensembles: 14
Art studios on campus: 6
What’s new: Hawks Quest Low Ropes Challenge Course
What sets it apart: Strong student-teacher relationships


Charlotte Preparatory School
212 Boyce Rd.
704-366-5994
charlotteprep.org
Founded: 1971
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Head of school (year started): Blair Fisher (2012)
Youngest grade: Pre-primary
Oldest grade: 8th
Enrollment: 395
Percentage nonwhite: 38%
Avg. class size, elementary: 15-20
Avg. class size, middle: 15-20
Lowest tuition: $10,370 (half day); $12,400 (full day)
Annual tuition, oldest grade: $17,050
Financial aid offered: Yes
Uniform required: No
Bus service offered: No
Foreign language first offered: Kindergarten
Foreign languages offered: Spanish, Mandarin
Advanced electives: Eighth-grade leadership
Middle school sports: Basketball, cheerleading, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, volleyball
Athletic conference: Queen City Conference
Annual middle school theater productions: 2
Musical ensembles: 2
Art studios on campus: 1
What’s new: A new athletic and activity field will be in use this spring.
What sets it apart: Educational research shows that students perform better academically within a smaller school environment, in the K-8 model. With no high school on-site, middle school students are expected to be leaders.


Christ the King Catholic High School
2011 Crusader Way, Huntersville
704-799-4400
christthekinghs.com
Founded: 2011
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Head of school (year started): Dr. Dan Dolan (2011)
Youngest grade: 9th
Oldest grade: 12th
Enrollment: 97
Avg. class size: 12
Annual teacher retention rate: 95%
Lowest tuition: $8,942
Annual tuition, oldest grade: $8,942-$12,735
Financial aid offered: Yes
Uniform required: Yes
Bus service offered: Yes
Foreign language first offered: 9th
Foreign languages offered: Latin, Spanish
Advanced electives: honors diploma, private pilot ground school and aeronautical sciences, distance-learning opportunities, physics, logic, entrepreneurship, one-to-one program with MacBook Pros issued to all students
AP classes: 7
Varsity sports: volleyball, golf, girls tennis, boys basketball
Annual high school theater productions: 1
Art studios on campus: 1
What’s new: New facility on more than 100 acres opened in August.
What sets it apart: Catholic affiliation, culture of independent learners and leaders, and commitment to serve others


Countryside Montessori School
4125 Johnston-Oehler Rd.
704-503-6000
countrysidemontessorischools.org
Founded: 1981
Head of school (year started): Dr. Wilhelmenia Rembert (2013, interim)
Youngest grade: Preschool
Oldest grade: 12th
Enrollment: 475
Percentage nonwhite: 40%
Avg. class size, elementary: 22-24
Avg. class size, middle: 22-24
Avg. class size, high: 12-15
Annual teacher retention rate: 90%
Lowest tuition: $7,150
Annual tuition, oldest grade: $15,850
Financial aid offered: Yes
Percentage on financial aid: 35%
Uniform required: No
Bus service offered: No
Foreign language first offered: Preschool
Foreign languages offered: Spanish, French, sign language
Advanced electives: Critical thinking, anatomy and physiology, international field study
AP classes: 10
Percentage scoring 3+ on AP tests: 70%
Avg. senior SAT scores: 870-1240 (1600 scale); 1340-1730 (2400 scale)
Seniors with National Merit recognition: 1
Middle school sports: Basketball, volleyball, cross country, tennis, cheerleading, soccer
Varsity sports: Basketball, volleyball, cross country, tennis, cheerleading
Varsity state championships/semifinals, past three years: Cross country, volleyball, basketball
Athletic conference: CGAA
Annual middle school theater productions: 1
Annual high school theater productions: 1
Musical ensembles: 1
Art studios on campus: 2
What’s new: Freshman and sophomore integrated humanities classes
What sets it apart: The only independent school in North Carolina offering the full spectrum of Montessori curriculum for toddlers through 12th-graders


Covenant Day School
800 Fullwood Ln., Matthews
704-847-2385
covenantday.org
Founded: 1989
Religious affiliation: Presbyterian (PCA)
Head of school (year started): Mark Davis (2012)
Youngest grade: Transitional kindergarten
Oldest grade: 12th
Enrollment: 840
Avg. class size, elementary: 18
Avg. class size, middle: 18
Avg. class size, high: 18
Lowest tuition: $5,900 (half day); $8,900 (full day)
Annual tuition, oldest grade: $12,700
Financial aid offered: Yes
Uniform required: Lower school and middle school only
Bus service offered: No
Foreign language first offered: 1st grade
Foreign languages offered: Spanish, Latin, French
Advanced electives: Exercise science/sports medicine, robotics, interior design
AP classes: 15
Percentage scoring 3+ on AP tests: 89%
Avg. senior SAT scores: 1200 (1600 scale); 1829 (2400 scale)
Middle school sports: Cross country, soccer, tennis, volleyball, basketball, swimming, cheerleading, baseball, softball, track and field
High school sports: Cross country, soccer, tennis, volleyball, basketball, swimming, cheerleading, baseball, softball, track and field, boys golf, boys lacrosse
Varsity state championships/semifinals, past three years: 1 semifinalist (volleyball)
Athletic conference: MAC
Annual middle school theater productions: 2
Annual high school theater productions: 2
Musical ensembles: 4
What’s new: Lower-school butterfly garden with University of Georgia research partnership
What sets it apart: This Green Fish Aquaponics Program, which has received local and national attention


Cramerton Christian Academy
426 Woodlawn Ave., Cramerton
704-824-2840
cramertonchristian.org
Founded: 1977
Religious affiliation: Free Will Baptist
Head of school (year started): Kyle E. Brown (1986)
Youngest grade: K4
Oldest grade: 12th
Enrollment: 388
Percentage nonwhite: 5%
Avg. class size, elementary: 16
Avg. class size, middle: 17
Avg. class size, high: 17
Annual teacher retention rate: 97%
Lowest tuition: $80 per week (half day); $145 per week (full day)
Annual tuition, oldest grade: $4,200
Financial aid offered: Yes
Percentage on financial aid: 5%
Uniform required: No
Bus service offered: No
Foreign language first offered: 10th
Foreign languages offered: Spanish
Advanced electives: Spanish III, speech/drama, geography
Avg. senior SAT scores: 1380
Seniors with National Merit recognition: 8
Middle school sports: Cross country, basketball, volleyball, soccer, golf, softball, baseball
Varsity sports: Volleyball, softball, baseball, cross country, soccer, basketball
Varsity state championships/semifinals, past three years: Girls soccer, baseball, volleyball
Athletic conference: N.C. Christian School Association
Annual middle school theater productions: 1
Annual high school theater productions: 1
Musical ensembles: 5
Art studios on campus: 1
What’s new: Athletic facilities, including a gym and baseball, softball, and soccer fields
What sets it apart: Assisting parents in equipping children spiritually, academically, and physically so that they may experience God’s best for their lives.


Davidson Day School
750 Jetton St., Davidson
704-237-5200
davidsonday.org
Founded: 1999
Head of school (year started): Kendell Berry (2012)
Youngest grade: Age 2
Oldest grade: 12th
Enrollment: 512
Percentage nonwhite: 17.5%
Avg. class size, elementary: 16
Avg. class size, middle: 16
Avg. class size, high: 16
Annual teacher retention rate: 96%
Lowest tuition: $14,150
Annual tuition, oldest grade: $15,325
Financial aid offered: Yes
Percentage on financial aid: 19%
Uniform required: Lower school and middle school only
Bus service offered: No
Foreign language first offered: Age 2
Foreign languages offered: Spanish, French, Mandarin
Advanced electives: Thermodynamics, zoology, 3-D animation
AP classes: 14
Avg. senior SAT scores: 1630
Middle school sports: Soccer, cross country, tennis, basketball, lacrosse, baseball, track, golf, volleyball, cheerleading
Varsity sports: Football, soccer, cheerleading, volleyball, cross country, tennis, basketball, swimming, lacrosse, baseball, track, golf
Varsity state championships/semifinals, past three years: 5 state championships (2 football, 3 girls soccer)
Athletic conference: Piedmont Athletic Conference of Independent Schools (PACIS)
Annual middle school theater productions: 4
Annual high school theater productions: 4
Musical ensembles: 5
Art studios on campus: 3
What’s new: An additional pre-kindergarten classroom
What sets it apart: A clear mission statement and proximity to Lake Norman families


The Fletcher School
8500 Sardis Rd.
704-365-4658
thefletcherschool.org
Founded: 1982
Head of school (year started): Margaret Sigmon (1995)
Youngest grade: Kindergarten
Oldest grade: 12th
Enrollment: 257
Percentage nonwhite: 6.6%
Avg. class size, elementary: 6
Avg. class size, middle: 6
Avg. class size, high: 6
Annual teacher retention rate: 93%
Lowest tuition: $21,330
Annual tuition, oldest grade: $22,440
Financial aid offered: Yes
Percentage on financial aid: 12.5%
Uniform required: No
Bus service offered: No
Foreign language first offered: 9th
Foreign languages offered: Spanish
Advanced electives: Freshman and senior seminars
Middle school sports: Soccer, basketball, volleyball, cross country, swimming, tennis, ultimate Frisbee
Varsity sports: Soccer, basketball, volleyball, cross country, swimming, tennis
Athletic conference: CACAA
Musical ensembles: 1
Art studios on campus: 2
What’s new: Implementing a 1:1 technology initiative
What sets it apart: Serving students who have an average or above-average IQ with diagnosed specific learning disabilities and/or ADHD. Offering a structured, individualized, college-preparatory curriculum.


Hickory Grove Christian School
6050 Hickory Grove Rd.
704-531-4008
hgchristian.org
Founded: 1995
Religious affiliation: Southern Baptist
Head of school (year started): GT Freeman (2011)
Youngest grade: Early education (ages 8 weeks to 4 years)
Oldest grade: 12th
Enrollment: 1,200
Percentage nonwhite: 32%
Avg. class size, elementary: 24
Avg. class size, middle: 22
Avg. class size, high: 20
Annual teacher retention rate: 94%
Lowest tuition: $5,130
Annual tuition, oldest grade: $6,650
Financial aid offered: Yes
Uniform required: No
Bus service offered: Yes
Foreign language first offered: Kindergarten
Foreign languages offered: Spanish, Mandarin, Latin, French
Advanced electives: Psychology, sports medicine, servant leadership
AP classes: 10
Percentage scoring 3+ on AP tests: 77%
Avg. senior SAT scores: 1591
Seniors with National Merit recognition: 2
Middle school sports: Football, basketball, cheerleading, baseball, softball, volleyball, soccer
Varsity sports: Football, basketball, cheerleading, baseball, softball, volleyball, swimming, cross country, golf, tennis, soccer
Varsity state championships/semifinals, past three years: 3 semifinalists (2 softball, 1 football)
Athletic conference: NCISAA, MAC
Annual middle school theater productions: 2
Annual high school theater productions: 2
Musical ensembles: 13
Art studios on campus: 3
What’s new: International student program
What sets it apart: A distinctly Christian, college-preparatory school focused on developing leaders to make a profound difference in the world for the glory of God.


Holy Trinity Catholic Middle School
3100 Park Rd.
704-527-7822
htcms.org
Founded: 1995
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Head of school (year started): Kevin Parks (2009)
Youngest grade: 6th
Oldest grade: 8th
Enrollment: 857
Avg. class size: 14
Annual teacher retention rate: 95%
Lowest tuition: $6,119
Annual tuition, oldest grade: $6,119-$9,510
Financial aid offered: Yes
Uniform required: Yes
Bus service offered: Yes
Foreign language first offered: 6th
Foreign languages offered: Spanish, French, German, Latin
Advanced electives: High-school algebra, high-school Spanish, broadcast, knitting/sewing, animation, creative writing, public speaking, Gutenburg project, book illustration, technical drawing, mercy in action, Catholic social teaching, web design, introduction to marketing, band, chorus, musical theater
Middle school sports: Volleyball, soccer, football, tennis, wrestling, basketball, track and field, softball, golf, baseball, cross country, lacrosse, cheerleading
Athletic conference: Greater Charlotte Middle School Athletic Association
Musical ensembles: 4
Art studios on campus: 1
What’s new: Each grade level has MacBooks and iPads.
What sets it apart: As the only Catholic middle school in North Carolina, it provides students with a Catholic education, excellent academics, and dynamic athletics.


Omni Montessori School
9536 Blakeney Heath Rd.
704-541-1326
omni-montessori.org
Founded: 1985
Head of school (year started): Grae Baker (2009)
Youngest grade: Age 3
Oldest grade: 9th
Enrollment: 200
Percentage nonwhite: 27%
Avg. class size, elementary: 28
Avg. class size, middle: 15
Avg. class size, high: 15
Annual teacher retention rate: 92%
Lowest tuition: $7,927 (half-day, primary)
Annual tuition, oldest grade: $15,517
Financial aid offered: Yes
Percentage on financial aid: 10%
Uniform required: No
Bus service offered: Only between campuses
Foreign language first offered: Age 3
Foreign languages offered: Spanish
Advanced electives: Aquaponics, organic gardening, animal husbandry
Middle school sports: Girls field hockey, ultimate Frisbee, basketball
Annual middle school theater productions: 2
Musical ensembles: 2
Art studios on campus: Studio space in each classroom
What’s new: New science lab at the Program for Adolescents campus
What sets it apart: Children move at their own paces and work with Montessori materials, which provide active, hands-on learning. Classrooms have mixed ages and operate on three-year cycles, allowing students to form close relationships and engage in cooperative learning and mentoring roles.


Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic School
4225 Shamrock Dr.
704-531-0067
olainfo.com
Founded: 1948
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Head of school: Allana-Rae Ramkisson  
Youngest grade: Pre-kindergarten
Oldest grade: 8th
Enrollment: 145
Avg. class size, elementary: 19
Avg. class size, middle: 10
Annual teacher retention rate: 95%
Lowest tuition: $3,109 (half-day Pre-K); $4,834 (full-day Pre-K)
Annual tuition, oldest grade: $6,119-$9,510
Financial aid offered: Yes  
Uniform required: Yes
Bus service offered: Yes
Foreign language first offered: Kindergarten
Foreign languages offered: Spanish
Advanced electives: One-to-one program for middle school students; LEAP program
Middle school sports: Baseball, soccer, basketball
Athletic conference: Interfaith League
What sets it apart: Catholic culture, small class size, concentration on technology and foreign language


Palisades Episcopal School
13120 Grand Palisades Pkwy.
704-583-1825
pescharlotte.org
Founded: 2007
Religious affiliation: Episcopal
Head of school (year started): Kerin Hughes (2007)
Youngest grade: Junior kindergarten
Oldest grade: 8th
Enrollment: 162
Percentage nonwhite: 32%
Avg. class size, elementary: 9
Avg. class size, middle: 9
Annual teacher retention rate: 85%
Lowest tuition: $5,150 (half-day junior kindergarten)
Annual tuition, oldest grade: $11,285
Financial aid offered: Yes
Percentage on financial aid: 26%
Uniform required: Yes
Bus service offered: No
Foreign language first offered: Junior kindergarten
Foreign languages offered: Spanish, Latin
Middle school sports: Cross country, volleyball, basketball, pep squad, golf, tennis
Athletic conference: Charlotte Gaston Athletic Association
Annual theater productions: 1
Art studios on campus: 1
What’s new: Middle school iPad program for 5th through 8th grades. Each student is issued an iPad that is integrated into the learning experience.
What sets it apart: A Christ-centered school that offers a classical curriculum. A belief in connecting the head and the heart by combining a rich, differentiated curriculum with a solid commitment to service and faith.


Providence Day School
5800 Sardis Rd.
704-887-6000
providenceday.org
Founded: 1970
Head of school (year started): Dr. Glyn Cowlishaw (2011)
Youngest grade: Transitional kindergarten
Oldest grade: 12th
Enrollment: 1,588
Percentage nonwhite: 22%
Avg. class size, elementary: 16-20
Avg. class size, middle: 18
Avg. class size, high: 18
Annual teacher retention rate: 90%
Lowest tuition: $15,395
Annual tuition, oldest grade: $22,080
Financial aid offered: Yes
Percentage on financial aid: 16%
Uniform required: No
Bus service offered: Yes
Foreign language first offered: Transitional kindergarten
Foreign languages offered: Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, French, German, Latin
Advanced electives: Spanish 5: Spanish through technology and social media, mobile app development, engineering design challenges
AP classes: 25
Percentage scoring 3+ on AP tests: 90%
Avg. senior SAT scores: Critical reading: 624; math 651; writing 620
Seniors with National Merit recognition: 11
Middle school sports: Cheerleading, cross country, field hockey, football, soccer, tennis, volleyball, basketball, swimming, wrestling, baseball, golf, lacrosse, winter track, softball, track and field
Varsity sports: Cheerleading, cross country, field hockey, football, soccer, tennis, volleyball, basketball, swimming, wrestling, baseball, golf, lacrosse, winter track, softball, track and field
Varsity state championships/semifinals, past three years: 12 state championships (3 girls tennis, 3 girls basketball, 3 boys cross country, boys tennis, football, cheerleading)
Athletic conference: NCISAA
Annual middle school theater productions: 2
Annual high school theater productions: 2
Musical ensembles: 14
Art studios on campus: 5
What’s new: One to World initiative, which seeks to connect its students to the global community and empower them to become active participants in creating an optimal teaching and learning environment.
What sets it apart: Global Studies Diploma Program, the first of its kind in the nation, allows students in grades 9 through 12 to choose a curriculum and set of experiences that lead to a second Global Studies diploma.


St. Ann Catholic School
600 Hillside Ave.
704-525-4938
stannscatholicschool.com
Founded: 1955
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Head of school (year started): Kathy McKinney (2013)
Youngest grade: Pre-kindergarten
Oldest grade: 5th
Enrollment: 187
Avg. class size: 17
Annual teacher retention rate: 95%
Lowest tuition: $3,109 (half-day Pre-K); $4,834 (full-day Pre-K)
Annual tuition oldest grade: $5,523-$8,887
Financial aid offered: Yes  
Uniform required: Yes
Bus service offered: Yes
Foreign language first offered: Kindergarten
Foreign languages offered: Spanish
Advanced electives: LEAP Program
What sets it apart: Catholic culture, small class size, learning and language stimulation program


St. Gabriel Catholic School
3028 Providence Rd.
704-366-2409
stgabrielcatholicschool.org
Founded: 1958
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Head of school (year started): Sharon Broxterman (1999)
Youngest grade: Kindergarten
Oldest grade: 5th
Enrollment: 556
Avg. class size: 17
Annual teacher retention rate: 95%
Lowest tuition: $5,523
Annual tuition, oldest grade: $5,523-$8,887
Financial aid offered: Yes
Uniform required: Yes
Bus service offered: Yes
Foreign language first offered: Kindergarten
Foreign languages offered: Spanish
Advanced electives: STEM Program in 4th and 5th grades
Athletic conference: Interfaith League
Musical ensembles: 5
Art studios on campus: 1
What sets it apart: All MACS schools offer a family centered community.


St. Mark Catholic School
14750 Stumptown Rd., Huntersville
704-766-5000
stmarkcatholicschool.net
Founded: 2003
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Head of school (year started): Deborah Butler (2004)
Youngest grade: Kindergarten
Oldest grade: 8th
Enrollment: 754
Avg. class size, elementary: 27
Avg. class size, middle: 15
Annual teacher retention rate: 95%
Lowest tuition: $5,523
Annual tuition, oldest grade: $6,119-$9,510
Financial aid offered: Yes
Uniform required: Yes
Bus service offered: Yes
Foreign language first offered: Kindergarten
Foreign languages offered: Spanish
Advanced electives: LEAP Program, broadcast journalism
Middle school sports: Baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball
Athletic conference: WPAA and JPAC
Annual middle school theater productions: 1
Musical ensembles: 1
Art studios on campus: 1
What’s new: Hurricane Sandy service project
What sets it apart: K-8 model, academic curriculum, clubs


St. Matthew Catholic School
11525 Elm Ln.
704-544-2070
st-matts.com
Founded: 1992
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Head of school (year started): Kevin O’Herron (2003)
Youngest grade: Transitional kindergarten
Oldest grade: 5th
Enrollment: 590
Avg. class size: 27
Annual teacher retention rate: 95%
Lowest tuition: $5,523
Annual tuition, oldest grade: $5,523-$8,887
Financial aid offered: Yes
Uniform required: Yes
Bus service offered: Yes
Foreign language first offered: Kindergarten
Foreign languages offered: Spanish
Advanced electives: LEAP Program, technology initiatives
Musical ensembles: 2
Art studios on campus: 1
What’s new: Mobile classroom sets of iPads; playground improvements, including a new track
What sets it apart: A Christian family setting


St. Patrick Catholic School
1125 Buchanan St.
704-333-3174
saintpatrickschool.org
Founded: 1930
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Head of school (year started): Debbie Mixer (2006)
Youngest grade: Kindergarten
Oldest grade: 5th
Enrollment: 290
Avg. class size: 20
Annual teacher retention rate: 95%
Lowest tuition: $5,523
Annual tuition, oldest grade: $5,523-$8,887
Financial aid offered: Yes
Uniform required: Yes
Bus service offered: Yes
Foreign language first offered: Kindergarten
Foreign languages offered: Spanish
Advanced electives: LEAP/HOTS (Higher Order Thinking Skills)
Musical ensembles: 5
Art studios on campus: 1
What’s new: Down syndrome inclusion program
What sets it apart: Sense of community and faith coupled with academic excellence


Trinity Episcopal School
750 E. Ninth St.
704-358-8101
tescharlotte.org
Founded: 2000
Religious affiliation: Episcopal
Head of school (year started): Thomas J. Franz (2011)
Youngest grade: Kindergarten
Oldest grade: 8th
Enrollment: 426
Percentage nonwhite: 21%
Avg. class size, elementary: 22
Avg. class size, middle: 16
Lowest tuition: $14,950
Annual tuition, oldest grade: $16,450
Financial aid offered: Yes
Percentage on financial aid: 18.6%
Uniform required: Yes
Bus service offered: No
Foreign language first offered: Kindergarten
Foreign languages offered: Spanish, Latin
Advanced electives: 8th grade social issues seminar, which involves a trip to Washington, D.C., where students meet with government representatives. WithOutWalls (WOW) Week: For three days in the spring, students in 5th through 8th grades learn about a subject through an off-campus activity.
Middle school sports: Cross country, track, boys soccer, girls soccer, boys tennis, girls tennis, volleyball, basketball
Athletic conference: Queen City Conference
Annual middle school theater productions: 3
Musical ensembles: 3
Art studios on campus: 1
What’s new: Trinity Teaching and Learning Center (TTLC) had its inaugural training workshop, bringing in teachers from public and independent schools across the state for a week of training on balanced literacy. CMS and other schools are now adopting balanced-literacy practices. Trinity teachers received training in balanced literacy at Columbia University and have been using these practices for 14 years.
What sets it apart: The uptown location in the heart of First Ward allows students to use city resources and partner with organizations to enhance the curriculum. ImaginOn serves as the school’s library, and students walk to Discovery Place, Children’s Theatre, and Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. The weekly service-learning program pairs classes with area nonprofits, such as Urban Ministries, Metro School, Little Sugar Creek, and Loaves and Fishes.


Victory Christian Academy
310 Carolina Ave., Gastonia
704-865-7132
vcagastonia.org
Founded: 1981
Religious affiliation: Church of God
Head of school (year started): Ric Franklin (2013)
Youngest grade: Age 2
Oldest grade: 12th
Enrollment: 110
Percentage nonwhite: 21%
Avg. class size, elementary: 11
Avg. class size, middle: 15
Avg. class size, high: 12
Annual teacher retention rate: 91%
Lowest tuition: $310 per month
Annual tuition, oldest grade: $3,100
Financial aid offered: No
Uniform required: No
Bus service offered: No
Foreign language first offered: 10th
Foreign languages offered: Spanish
Advanced electives: Math
Avg. senior SAT scores: 910
Middle school sports: Basketball
Varsity sports: Basketball, volleyball, softball, baseball
Athletic conference: Independent
Annual middle school theater productions: 1
What’s new: Franklin, the newly named principal, served here for 22 years as teacher, coach, and athletics director. He spent the past nine years in public school before returning this year.
What sets it apart: Low-cost tuition provides more students with a quality, private, Christian education. VCA has a 12-teacher faculty, and some teachers and office staff members have served more than 30 years.


Woodlawn School
135 Woodlawn School Loop, Mooresville
704-895-8653
woodlawnschool.org
Founded: 2002
Head of school (year started): Ed Hollinger (2013)
Youngest grade: Kindergarten
Oldest grade: 12th
Enrollment: 207
Percentage nonwhite: 11%
Avg. class size, elementary: 14
Avg. class size, middle: 12
Avg. class size, high: 13
Annual teacher retention rate: 92%
Lowest tuition: $12,600
Annual tuition, oldest grade: $14,900
Financial aid offered: Yes
Percentage on financial aid: 10%
Uniform required: No
Bus service offered: No
Foreign language first offered: Kindergarten
Foreign languages offered: Spanish
Advanced electives: Medicine and movies, cooking, middle school electives conceived and taught by upper-school students
AP classes: 9
Percentage scoring 3+ on AP tests: 91%
Avg. senior SAT scores: 1909
Seniors with National Merit recognition: 2 (class of 2014)
Middle school sports: Soccer, volleyball, cross country, basketball, golf, tennis
Varsity sports: Cross country, volleyball, basketball, swimming, golf, track, girls soccer
Athletic conference: Mid-State Athletic Conference
Annual Middle school theater productions: 2
Annual high school theater productions: 2
Musical ensembles: 1
Art studios on campus: 2
What’s new: Eight-week exchange program with Guatemalan students
What sets it apart: The 61-acre campus is a former 19th-century plantation located just outside Davidson, with the original house (built in 1836) serving as the administration building.

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