From developing robots for disaster situations to researching a drug's effects on leukemia, students have the opportunity to conduct primary research, to experience college life, and to meet other talented science students from all over the country through this program begun in 2012.
In 2012, Country Day hosted the first Affirming Community Together (ACT) conference for area middle school students. The event, which rotates between Country Day, Charlotte Latin, and Providence Day, developed out of the desire of Upper School students to pass on the knowledge they acquired in attending national diversity conferences.
In 2007, Country Day initiated the first full teacher exchange between a North Carolina school and the People's Republic of China. Each fall, a teacher from Nanjing spends the semester at Country Day, and every summer, a Country Day teacher serves our sister school in Nanjing.
Because our lab-based classes encourage a deeper understanding of concepts and ignite a passion for science, seniors may choose independent study areas. In 2003, a college-level organic chemistry class was created as a result of keen interest in the topic from students wanting to learn more.
Did you know we were the first school, private or public, in North Carolina to offer the rigorous International Baccalaureate Diploma program in 1992? And we're still the only private school in the state offering IB.
In 1992, the Middle School initiated gender-specific math classes in seventh and eighth grade to take into account that males and females have different learning styles.
Grants and sabbaticals make it possible for teachers to pursue knowledge through first-hand experiences all over the globe. The Parents' Association began funding three grants annually in 1997, and four more have been added thanks to generous donors to endowment and the Annual Fund.
In 1995, the Lower School was one of only six schools in the country to be named a Physical Education Demonstration School because of its exceptional PE program. So it's no surprise that the Carolina Panthers came to us 2006 to help develop their Fit Squad program.
Since 1992, Country Day students have benefited from strong relationships with sister schools in seven countries on four continents. In 1993, we became one of the first schools in the region to initiate international exchanges at the Middle School level. Since that time, more than 2,000 Country Day students have traveled on sister school exchanges.
The deeper integration of computer use into every grade and every discipline began in 1997 when the Middle School pioneered a "computers across the curriculum" initiative. In effect, this made every teacher a computer teacher.
In 1985, Country Day began offering preschool instruction to four-year-olds and the new Junior Kindergarten program began with two classes. Today, we offer three classes from 8 am-1:15 pm.
For many years, teachers had been incorporating international perspectives into their curriculum. So it made sense, in 1988, to establish an Office of International Studies--we were the first area school to do so. Today, the focus is on global mindedness and the program is about far more than travel—it's about building bridges to other people and places.
Celebrating our teachers is a Country Day tradition. The Alumni Distinguished Faculty Award, created in 1973 and presented at graduation, is one of the highest honors a faculty member can receive. Our most recent recipient is Upper School history teacher Bob Plyler and the first award was presented to Frances Hyatt, who taught in Lower School from 1965-85.
Our school seal has evolved over the years since we first adopted it in 1960, but the acorn element has remained constant. That's because an acorn only appears on a fully mature oak tree; therefore, it is considered a symbol of the patience needed to attain goals over a long period of time. The acorn embodies the intentional way in which our students are Country Day Ready.
In 1960, Country Day moved to its permanent home on Carmel Road with six buildings on 30 acres. At that time, Fairview Road did not exist and we truly were a school in the country.
After all the rigorous coursework, extracurricular activities, service outreach, global connections, and lifelong friendships created, the graduating class is Country Day Ready to walk across the stage to accept a hard-earned diploma. Country Day graduated its first seniors, a class of just 15 students, in 1962.
School in the Woods, a popular Middle School program, takes place for the first time in 1966. More than 50 years later, it is still a Middle School tradition that combines learning, risk-taking, and class bonding.
It's a really big honor to be selected as Senior of the Year and receive the Senior Cup at graduation. The faculty selects the senior who has most exemplified superior citizenship and positive contributions to the school. Alice Johnston was the first Senior of the Year in 1969, and Christien Williams '16 is our most recent recipient.
Since 1969, 27 Country Day seniors have been named Morehead-Cain Scholars. One of the country's most prestigious and selective merit scholarships, the award covers all costs to attend UNC-Chapel Hill. We have had three Morehead-Cain Scholars in the past four years, including Lili Zay '16.

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    In the spring of 1940, our founding headmaster, Dr. Thomas Burton, rallied Charlotte leaders around a visionary new concept in education—the independent day school. On September 22, 1941, Country Day opened its doors with 18 students. We've been leading the way in education ever since and have always been a community of leaders and doers, who are continuously looking forward.

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    Over the years, Country Day continued to build on its reputation for educational excellence and innovative thinking that introduced new programs and brought many educational "firsts" to Charlotte that continues today.

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    We are proud of our longtime traditions that offer students experiences beyond the classroom in the arts, athletics, and community service.

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Charlotte Country Day School
1440 Carmel Rd Road, Charlotte,
NC North Carolina 28226
704.943.4500
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