Admissions Process

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Step A: Submit your application by January 15, 2020.

Click here to access our Country Day Admissions Portal. Please "Create an Account" to begin the application process. Once you submit your application, you can then "Sign In" to the Admissions Parent Portal to access your Admissions Checklist. The deadline for the first round of admissions for the 2020–21 school year is January 15, 2020.

Step B: 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. Contact the Admissions Office at (704) 943-4530 or admissions@charlottecountryday.org to join us for a campus tour or schedule a visit with an admissions team member.

Group Tours

Lower School (9:30–10:30 am):
  • Friday, November 8 (full)
  • Friday, November 15 (full)
  • Friday, November 22 (full)
  • Friday, December 6 (full)
  • Wednesday, January 8
  • Wednesday, January 15
  • Friday, January 24
  • Friday, January 31
Middle School (10:30–11:30 am:
  • Monday, November 11 (full)
  • Tuesday, November 19 (full)
  • Wednesday, November 20 (full)
  • Tuesday, December 3 (full)
  • Wednesday, December 4
  • Thursday December 12 (full)
  • Tuesday, January 7
  • Tuesday, January 28
  • Wednesday, January 29
  • Thursday, February 6
  • Friday, February 7
Upper School (1:15–2 pm):
  • Monday, December 9
  • Wednesday, January 15
  • Tuesday, February 4 

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. These tests need to be scheduled directly with the psychologist. Review the Charlotte Area Independent Schools (CAIS) brochure for additional information. 
  • 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.
  • 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: Interview 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.
  • Kindergarten
    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, making school decisions, and transitions.

Step E: Send us recommendations.

Online teacher recommendation forms are accessible on your personalized checklist in your Admissions Parent Portal once an application is submitted. 

Step F: Send us your transcripts.

If you are applying for grades 6–12, please submit the transcript release form to your current school in mid-January. This form can be found on your personalized checklist in your Admissions Parent Portal.

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. Once an application is submitted, you will be able to view which items we have received by viewing your personal checklist in the Admissions Parent Portal.

Notification Dates.

Country Day notifies families of admission decisions via e-mail on February 21, 2020 (JK/K) and March 27, 2020 (Grades 1–12). Enrollment contracts and deposits are due to the Admissions Office by noon on February 28, 2020 (JK/K) and April 3, 2020 (Grades 1–12). 

Admissions Calendar


Please contact our Admissions Office:
(704) 943-4530 | E-mail