Welcome from the Head of School

Welcome to the Charlotte Country Day School Web site. Whether you are looking for a school for your child for the very first time or considering a new school, choosing the right place for your family may be one of the most important decisions you can make as a parent. While nothing tells the story of a Country Day education as effectively as a personal visit, I think you’ll find this site to be a useful and informative resource. As you navigate through these pages I hope you will begin to get a sense of the exciting educational opportunities available for students in grades JK-12.

Above all else, Country Day is a place where dedicated teachers and administrators help bring out the best in students. It’s a place where every child has a chance to shine.

  • Our Mission - Charlotte Country Day is a mission-driven school that is committed to developing fully the potential of every student. Please be sure to visit our Mission Page.
  • Rigorous Curriculum - Students are challenged academically at every grade level by innovative and caring teachers. We offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma program and more than 20 Advanced Placement courses, and our graduates annually receive in excess of $5 million in scholarship offers.
  • Global Connections - Foreign language and cultural instruction begins in junior kindergarten; beginning in sixth grade, students are offered numerous opportunities for foreign travel and language immersion through the International Studies Department.
  • Two Campuses - Our Middle School students thrive on a separate, close-knit campus dedicated specifically to nurturing the hearts and minds of adolescents. Bissell Campus is only four miles south of Cannon Campus.
  • Creative Expression - Beyond core academics, students at every grade level have opportunities for fine and performing arts education instruction and extracurricular activities, including visual arts, vocal and instrumental music, drama, and dance.
  • Full-Participation Athletics - The athletics program supports 66 sports teams, and an average of 90 percent of our students participate in some form of organized athletics on the Middle School, junior varsity, or varsity levels. Students in grades JK-8 take part in our award-winning daily PE program.
  • Community Outreach - Service to others is an integral part of the Charlotte Country Day School experience. I encourage you to review the Community Service sections within each division's tab.

Above all else, Country Day is a place where dedicated teachers and administrators help bring out the best in students. It’s a place where every child has a chance to shine. Thank you for your interest in Charlotte Country Day School.

Best Regards,
Mark Reed
Head of School

Mark Reed's Biography

Mark Reed joined Charlotte Country Day School in July 2009. Under Mr. Reed’s leadership, Country Day has enhanced campus safety, developed a multi-year Strategic Plan, increased endowment to $40 million, hosted several public art exhibits, improved athletic fields and campus aesthetics, and established an all-school convocation.

He previously served as assistant headmaster at St. John’s School, a K–12 coed day school of 1,200 students in Houston, Texas. Mr. Reed’s prior roles at St. John’s have included teacher, coach, dean of students, and interim director of advancement.

A native of Montana, Mr. Reed received his undergraduate degree from the University of Houston and a master’s degree in educational administration/independent school leadership from Columbia University. In addition while at St. John’s, he served as trustee of a 35-year-old college-preparatory school serving economically disadvantaged youth in the greater Houston area and as a member of a coalition supporting area non-profit fine and performing arts organizations.

Mr. Reed was a world class high jumper from 1986–1993, where he competed on the international track and field circuit.

Head of School Communication

  • Good News to Share: Ambitious Pursuit of Passions

    As I hope you are all aware, this was a week of tremendous pride for the Charlotte Country Day community. Our very own Kristen Anderson-Lopez ’90, and her husband, Robert, took home the Oscar for Best Original Song for “Let it Go” from the movie Frozen.

  • Good News to Share: Bringing Community Together

    As I sat in my office watching the snow fall on campus earlier this week, I had a few quiet moments to reflect on all our community does to support our students.

  • Good News to Share: Growth is Rarely Easy

    At this time of year, I have the wonderful benefit of seeing our students in many different lights, all of which will help them grow to be healthy, happy, and productive adults.

  • Good News to Share: Building Confidence and Courage

    Two weeks ago, as I sat and watched eight Middle School Spelling Bee finalists stand alone in front of the hundreds of classmates, teachers, and parents who filled the bleachers to see who could spell the best, the phrase “confident and courageous” filled my mind.

  • Good News to Share: Exploring Academic Passions

    Our students love to explore their passions outside of the classroom and I understand exactly why.