Frequently Asked Questions

What are important admissions dates and deadlines I should be aware of?

Below are important dates to consider as you go through the admissions process:

January 15: Application Deadline (for first round applications JK-12)
January 15: Application Materials Due (JK & K)
February 1: Admissions ISEE Testing Day (grades 5–12)
February 21: Admissions Decisions Notifications (JK & K)
February 28: Admissions Responses Due (JK & K)
March 1: Application Materials Due (grades 1-12)
March 27: Admissions Decisions Notifications (grades 1–12)
April 3: Admissions Responses Due (grades 1–12) 

What differentiates Country Day from other area independent schools?

Founded in 1941, Country Day was the first independent school in Charlotte and remains the largest independent, coeducational college preparatory school in the area and among the top 20 in the country. We offer students and their families an unsurpassed opportunity to prepare for the future—an opportunity grounded in the strength of tradition and shaped by generations of visionary leaders. Recognized for our academic excellence, acclaimed IB and international studies programs, state-of-the-art technological resources, and opportunities in arts, athletics, community service, and leadership development, we are committed to lifelong learning, hands-on experiences, individualized attention, and a caring, inclusive community. Learn more about Country Day and our legacy of forward thinking.

How does Country Day engage its parents?

Throughout the school year, our parents are invited and encouraged to participate in a wide range of opportunities to foster balance and well-being with their children, including educational workshops, community book discussions, and special guest speakers. We also have a variety of parent support groups that help strengthen student programs, build community, and provide additional support through fundraising. Learn more about the Country Day parent experience.

How does Country Day help new students transition into the school?

Many activities are planned to help all children with the transition into Country Day. Buddy students are assigned to all rising students in grades 1–12. We try to match personalities and interests in making buddy assignments. Students and faculty are very welcoming and enjoy having new students in their classrooms.

Does Country Day offer an After School program?

Yes. We offer more than 25 after-school enrichment classes for students in Lower and Middle School, a nurturing Extended Day program, and a comprehensive summer camp program. More than 50 percent of our two-parent families are dual income, and they can count on After School programs to meet their children's needs and interests. Learn more about our After School program.

Does Country Day provide transportation to/from the school?

Country Day is pleased to offer bus transportation services to a variety of locations throughout Charlotte. For convenience, we also offer a morning and afternoon shuttle service between both Cannon and Bissell campuses. Learn more about our bus locations.

How does Country Day ensure the safety of its students?

We have full-time security personnel who work on both campuses 24 hours a day. In addition, the school has an emergency plan in place that has been practiced and refined for all school community members.

Does Country Day offer financial aid?

Yes. Our financial aid program is designed to help the school enroll a talented, bright, socially and economically diverse community of students who might otherwise not be able to attend Country Day. Please visit our financial aid page for more information or contact the Admissions Office directly.

Does Country Day offer any merit scholarships?

No, we only have need-based awards and endowed scholarships, which are also based on financial need.

Does applying for financial aid affect an applicant's chance for admission?

No, admission decisions are made separately from financial aid decisions.

Where is the Admissions Office located?

Our Admissions Office is located on Cannon Campus (1440 Carmel Road, Charlotte, NC, 28226) on the first floor of the Levine Center, a two-story building directly in front of you as you enter campus off Carmel Road. Parking is available in the visitors' parking lot, which will be the first lot on the left just inside the main entrance of the school. Please sign in and obtain a guest pass at the front desk in Levine.

Why Should You Choose Country Day?

Each year, the Admissions Office surveys families to learn more about what attracts them to Country Day. These are the top five reasons:

  1. Exceptional faculty
  2. Our Affirmation of Community and sense of belonging
  3. New facilities that promote innovation
  4. Strong parent partnership and education
  5. Focus on whole child and developing multiple passions


Choosing the right school for your family is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. The school you choose should offer an environment that fosters your child’s greatest potential and matches your family’s educational values.

Here are a couple of tips to consider to find a school home for your family:

Do Your Homework

Visit school Web sites, attend Open Houses, and (most importantly) schedule campus visits. Talking with teachers and students and observing the school day in action really helps you get to know the unique personality of a school. 

Understand the Admissions Process

It's important to be familiar with the admissions process and aware of deadlines. We've outlined each step of our admissions process to make it easy to follow, but we're happy to answer any questions you may have at any point along the way.

We look forward to working with you as you explore the right option for your child and family.


If you have any questions about Country Day or our admissions process, please contact:
Nancy Ehringhaus
Director of Admissions and Financial Aid
(704) 943-4531 | E-mail