Affirmation of Community

Upper School girls

The Affirmation of Community was developed thanks to the efforts and recommendations of a special School Culture and Climate Committee comprised of trustees, faculty, staff, and parents. This forward-thinking committee challenged us to strive for the ideal learning community in order to best prepare our students for the future. The end result was a revised Mission Statement and a new Affirmation of Community that defined how our academic community should live and learn.

Country Day is one of the few schools in the country that has developed such a specific, yet aspirational roadmap for living as an authentic, inclusive community. 

Affirmation of Community

Charlotte Country Day School is committed to living as an authentic, inclusive community. Our pursuit of this commitment to community recognizes and affirms the richness brought by difference and discovered through commonality.

  • Building and sustaining a community diverse in membership.
  • Acceptance and respect for differences in age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, sexual orientation, ability, physical attributes, and socioeconomic circumstances.
  • Curriculum which equips students to think critically, to act respectfully, and to show sensitivity to the needs and feelings of others.
  • Curriculum which educates for the future and which prepares students for participation in local and global communities.
  • Faculty and staff who know and affirm each individual child, who actively seek to understand and appreciate perspectives different from their own, and who model for their students the valuing of diversity.
  • Accountability for behaviors which convey disrespect; courage and trust to acknowledge and grow from missteps and misunderstandings in our personal interactions within our diverse community.
  • Inclusive school events which seek to create shared experiences, fellowship, and understanding.
  • School culture and climate which allow each member to feel valued and affirmed, and thereby promote belonging and foster community ownership.
  • Awareness that living in community and embracing diversity are an active process, a continual journey which engages us in personal and institutional self-assessment, reflections, and openness to growth and change.

“We are better as a community when we celebrate our differences and share our similarities. When we realize what we have in common, we are able to learn from how we differ. It makes us all better.”