At a Glance

School At a Glance: 2014-15

Founded: 1941

Grades served: JK-12

Nearly two-thirds of the class of 2013 received a record-breaking $7.4 million in scholarship offers based on academic merit, athletic abilities, or special talents.

Student Enrollment: Approximately 1,630 students (including 166 students from 55 countries).

Employees: 319 faculty and staff

Faculty: 193 full-time faculty, 54 percent with advanced degrees. Average faculty tenure of 18 years, 10 at CCDS.

Student/Faculty ratio: average of 10:1

AP Courses Offered: 22

There are more than 600 computers and tablets in curricular use school wide in classrooms, teaching labs, and on mobile carts. Faculty members have laptops furnished by the school. Students and faculty are able to connect to the school's network wirelessly from anywhere on campus. Personal computers and tablets are supported when used on campus.

Community Service
Community service is an integral part of a Country Day education and plays an important role in shaping the character of our students. Children at every level, from JK to grade 12, give back to the community in hundreds of ways big and small. From collecting books for underprivileged children, to pet therapy with senior citizens, to annually hosting the Special Olympics spring games, our students fully understand that privilege and service go hand in hand.

International Studies
Country Day offers an exceptionally broad-based international studies curriculum that is integrated across disciplines and grade levels. Since 1992 more than 2,000 students and more than 300 teachers have participated in study abroad programs, and more than 1,100 CCDS families have hosted a foreign student in their home. Learn more about our comprehensive International Studies program.

International Baccalaureate Program
Country Day was the first school in North Carolina to offer an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma and since 1992 has offered IB courses to juniors and seniors.

The school fields 68 sports teams with an average of 90 percent of our students participating in some form of organized athletics on the Middle School, junior varsity, or varsity level. The full-participation athletic program offers students the opportunity to play on sports teams from grades 7-12.

A broad arts program is offered with courses in visual arts, choral and instrumental music, dance, and drama. Students participate in more than 70 arts performances and events each year.

Applications to the school are reviewed on the basis of character, intellectual ability, emotional maturity, curiosity, and breadth of interests. The school does not discriminate on the basis of religion, race, color, handicap, or national or ethnic origin in its admissions program.

Extended Day
Extended Day hours are offered to children in grades JK–8. Before-school and after-school hours are provided.

Summer Program
CCDS offers academic and enrichment programs during the summer, as well as sports camps for ages 4–18.

School Hours
Junior Kindergarten: 8:00 a.m.–1:15 p.m.
Kindergarten: 8:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Grades 1–2: 8:00 a.m.–2:50 p.m.
Grades 3–4: 8:00 a.m.–3:05 p.m.
Grades 5–8: 8:00 a.m.–3:10 p.m.
Grades 9–12: 8:00 a.m.–3:15 p.m.


Tuition Assistance
Financial aid awarded in 2013-14: $3.7 million, 16% of student body.

Endowment (as of 6/30/14): $46.2 million

Annual Fund giving (as of 6/30/14): $2.1 million

    • Parent Participation: 76%
    • Faculty/Staff Participation: 100%

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Southern Association of Independent Schools

Selected Membership: National Association of Independent Schools, North Carolina Association of Independent Schools, Cum Laude Society, International Baccalaureate Diploma program.


Head of School
Mark Reed

Head of Upper School
Matthew Less

Head of Middle School
Warren Sepkowitz

Interim Head of Lower School
Clare Walton

Chief Financial Officer
David Mancos

Director of Admissions
Nancy Ehringhaus

Director of Advancement
Lauren Batten

Director of Athletics
Abe Wehmiller

Director of Diversity Planning
Brian Wise

Director of International Studies
David Lynn

Director of Educational Technology
Joe Hernick


The school is located on two attractive and well-maintained campuses, totaling 117 acres:

  • Three libraries
  • 15 science labs
  • Eight computer labs
  • 400-seat fine arts theater
  • Two campus stores
  • Two dance rooms
  • Two photography labs
  • Four music rooms
  • Climbing wall
  • Multiple playgrounds
  • Hance Fine Arts Center--features a black box theater, four visual arts studios, photography lab, ceramics studio, dance studio, music suite, including four group teaching studios and six soundproof studios for individual practice.
  • Bruton Smith Athletic Center--features an indoor track, three full-sized courts, a dedicated weight room/fitness center, wrestling arena, and a training and rehabilitation center.
  • Outdoor stadium, 12 playing fields, 10 tennis courts, 4-lane asphalt track, and 8-lane rubberized track.

School Spirit

School Motto
Fortitudine Ac Pietate (With Courage and Reverence)

School Mascot

School Colors
Green, Gold, and White

Notable Firsts

Charlotte Country Day School was the first independent school in North Carolina to:

  • Offer an International Baccalaureate diploma
  • Implement a comprehensive International Studies program
  • Offer English-as-a-Second Language
  • Initiate single-gender math classes in the Middle School
  • Develop a biomedical ethics course and a forensic science class