Let's Get Started
Step A: Learn more about Country Day and schedule a visit.
Our admissions staff is eager to welcome you to campus and tell you more about how we prepare students for success in life. Please call our office to schedule a visit: (704) 943-4530 | E-mail
Please also register to attend one of our Open House events by clicking here.
Step B: Begin the application process.
Even though the application for the 2017–18 school year isn't due until January 15, 2017, the multi-step application process begins now! After you call our office to schedule a visit, begin the application process by completing an online application and follow the steps below.
Step C: Complete an entrance test.
Entrance tests are one of the many tools we use to help ensure the best placement for each student.
- Grades JK–4
In the Charlotte region, a number of qualified psychologists offer standardized screening assessments for younger applicants. Details about this type of assessment and a list of area psychologists are available here:
CAIS 2017–2018 Brochure (pdf)
- Grades 5–12
Older applicants are asked to take the Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE), a standardized admissions test for students in upper grades. The ISEE measures verbal and quantitative ability, mathematics skills, reading comprehension, and writing skills. Complete testing details are on the ISEE Web site.
- Additional Tests
Upper School candidates may be asked to take departmental placement tests after enrollment.
- International Students
International applicants are asked to take the TOEFL test to measure the ability to use and understand the English language. Please visit TOEFL for more information.
Step D: Speak with a faculty member.
Every applicant receives an invitation to meet with a grade-appropriate member of our faculty. This informal conversation is an opportunity for students to learn more about Country Day and for us to learn more about a candidate's character traits, abilities, emotional maturity, curiosity, and breadth of interests.
- Junior Kindergarten
A small group of children visit with a JK teacher in the classroom. The children participate in numerous preschool activities, including drawing, coloring, listening, and following directions.
Groups of four to six children visit a classroom with two of our kindergarten teachers. Activities include number and letter recognition, coloring, playing, cutting, listening skills, and following directions.
- Grades 1–4
Children meet with a teacher who assesses reading, math, listening, writing, and fine motor skills necessary to make the child's entrance to Country Day as smooth as possible.
- Grades 5–12
Students meet one-on-one with a faculty member to discuss school life, academic requirements, and making school decisions and transitions.
Step E: Send us recommendations.
We want to hear from current teachers about the diverse talents, interests, strengths, and challenges that make each of our candidates unique. Teachers can complete recommendation forms online (our preferred method) using schoolrecs.com, or download, print, and complete the forms by hand using the appropriate PDF file(s) listed below.
Teacher Recommendation (Applying for Grades JK–1)
Teacher Recommendation (Applying for Grades 2–6)
English Teacher Recommendation (Applying for Grades 7–12)
Math Teacher Recommendation (Applying for Grades 7–12)
Step F: Send us your transcripts.
If you are applying for grades 6–12, please have your current school send an official transcript using this form:
Step G: Track your application process.
We use an online system that allows you to stay informed on various items we require during the admissions process. By clicking the applicable link below, you will be able to view which items we have received for your child’s application and which are yet to arrive in our office.
Note: please allow two weeks from the time that you expect us to receive each document to the time that it is updated within the online checklist. Items marked with a green ball are those that have been received and processed by the school; items with a grey ball remain outstanding. Feel free to visit the checklist as often as you wish to check on the status of your child's application items.
Step H: Make your decision.
Country Day notifies families of admission decisions in February and March. We look forward to working with you and your family as you make this important decision for your student.