Because we believe that students benefit significantly from an education that affirms respect and inclusivity as core values, Country Day established the region's first Office of Diversity Planning in 1998.
We took another leap forward in 1980 through a merger with Carmel Academy that allowed Country Day to establish a second campus specifically for Middle School students. The distinctive Bissell Campus is a place of structure and freedom, perfect for children as they transition to the teen years. Read More
In 1980, as Charlotte experienced an influx of international families, Country Day responded to their needs. We were the first independent school in the area to offer students English as a Second Language (ESL), giving international students who speak virtually no English, or who still need time and a special curriculum to become fluent, the ability to enroll in an academic program.
There's plenty to do after school! In 1980, Country Day became the first school in the region to answer the needs of working parents by developing a structured program of before-school and after-school care. Today, 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.
When it comes to athletics and Buccaneer pride, our school community is all in. The Boosters Club, founded in 1977 by parent volunteers, supports strong interscholastic athletic and physical education programs through a variety of community-building, spirit-promotion, and fundraising activities.
In 1974, the Parents' Association allocated $10,000 toward the purchase of the school's very first computer. That was an incredible investment into a single computer the size of a phone booth. That innovation continues as students and teachers today integrate technology in the classroom through our 1:1 initiative and focus on digital citizenship.
September 22, 1941, is a first day to remember! We opened our doors for the first time with 18 students in a leased home on Morehead Street.
Our founding headmaster, Dr. Thomas Burton, rallied Charlotte leaders around a visionary new concept in education—the independent day school. He served from 1941–45. Read More

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  • Forward Thinking

    In the spring of 1940, our founding headmaster, Dr. Thomas Burton, rallied Charlotte leaders around a visionary new concept in education—the independent day school. On September 22, 1941, Country Day opened its doors with 18 students. We've been leading the way in education ever since and have always been a community of leaders and doers, who are continuously looking forward.

  • Exceptional Academics

    Over the years, Country Day continued to build on its reputation for educational excellence and innovative thinking that introduced new programs and brought many educational "firsts" to Charlotte that continues today.

  • Going Beyond Academics

    We are proud of our longtime traditions that offer students experiences beyond the classroom in the arts, athletics, and community service.

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Charlotte Country Day School
1440 Carmel Rd Road, Charlotte,
NC North Carolina 28226
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