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Beyond the Classroom

Learning regularly extends beyond the classroom in ways that help students to value the relationships uniting us as a school and connecting us with our local and global communities.
Whether through service learning, participation in actual scientific lab work, recognizing and honoring the heroes among us, taking part in a master class with professional artists, our students benefit from the inventive ways teachers and administrators make it possible to bring classroom lessons to life.
Beyond the Classroom

Special Olympics Cultivates Many Champions

Every April, the entire Upper School—students, faculty, and staff—takes a two-day break from academia to host the Special Olympics Mecklenburg County Spring Games. Students serve as buddies, timekeepers, and event assistants at this special event, which has taken place on Country Day’s Cannon Campus since 1983. After participating in Special Olympics, our students walk away with a new appreciation for the power of inclusion, acceptance, and respect.

Natalie HutchinsonUpper School Dean of Students

This time-honored tradition has become part of our identity shared by nearly four generations of Country Day families. Students experience the joy of giving and are inspired by the dedication and abilities of the athletes."

Senior Externship: Real-Work Experiences

We take pride in providing our students with enriching, leadership experiences that expand their education beyond our classroom walls through experiential learning and community collaboration. The Senior Externship Program is a one-day shadowing and mentoring experience that exposes seniors to a variety of professions that match their own passions and interests with employers, organizations, alumni, and parents. Since 2017, we have partnered with 100+ area employers in 20 different industries. 

Matt LessHead of Upper School

The externship is a unique, professional opportunity for students to express how their interest potentially relate to a particular profession, articulate what a 'day in the life' would look like, and experience the value of making connections."

Remarkable Experiences Beyond the Classroom