Beyond the Classroom
By making connections in the classroom to real-world actions taken outside the classroom, students develop the skills they will need to engage meaningfully with others and make an impact wherever they find themselves in the future—skills like creativity, empathy, problem-solving, and resilience.
Weddington Farm is an expansive outdoor learning lab for our students in grades JK-12 located in Weddington, NC. The 330-acre farm creates a living classroom where students participate in a variety of hands-on learning activities and experiences.
We prepare students to be engaged citizens, learn about what it means to belong to a community , and the impact our actions can make.
- Every student in every division takes part in service, such as Upper School's Community Service Day, Middle School's visit from the Learning Collaborative, Lower School making cards for veterans, and the Parents' Association's Run for Good.
- 20+ service learning partnerships, including Goodwill Industries, ourBridge, The Learning Collaborative, Friendship Trays, and Loaves and Fishes.
- Big Brothers Big Sisters serves as one of our flagship programs. Nearly half the members of the junior and senior class mentor and volunteer one lunch hour a week to Rama Road Elementary School students.
- Every year, students in all divisions recognize Veterans Day to learn about and honor all the veterans who have sacriﬁced to serve and protect us. Assembly speakers include alumni who serve or have served in the military.
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."
During senior year, our students participate in our Senior Externship Program, a one-day job shadowing and mentoring experience that exposes students to opportunities that match their interests and connects them to local employers and organizations.
Since the program’s inception in 2017, Country Day has partnered with nearly 175 area employers in 20 different industries, mostly current and past Country Day parents and alumni.