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Building Our Future

Distinctive Learning Environment

While it's true that learning can take place just about anywhere, students and faculty thrive when they work in spaces that fully support innovative and creative academic programming. As part of the Strategic Plan process, the school community expressed a desire to ensure we continue to offer our students a distinctive and sustainable learning environment.

A Three-Phased Plan to Meet Strategic Priorities


The Board of Trustees approved a long-range master facilities plan to create a distinctive and innovative learning environment, strengthen community, and prepare students for a fast-changing global society. These capital projects surfaced as priorities:

  • New Upper School Math/Science Building (The Purdy Center for Science and Mathematics) 
  • New Upper and Lower School Student Center with Cafeteria (Dowd Student Center) 
  • New Upper and Lower School Learning Centers (Hance Lower School Learning Center) to include Extended Day 
  • Endowment (to support program, financial aid, faculty professional development, and operations)
  • Continued strength of the Annual Fund

Phase I: January 2017-August 2018

Construction of Purdy Center for Science and Mathematics and Hance Lower School Learning Center

January 2017
—Board of Trustees approves Phase I construction

May 2017—The College Counseling Office and Campus Book Store move out of Cramer Annex into temporary buildings adjacent to the Hance Fine Arts Center; the Senior Lounge moves temporarily to a classroom in Cramer Hall.

June 2017—Barrier fencing in place, Cramer Annex building torn down, and construction begins on Purdy Center; barrier fencing in place, site work started, and construction of Hance Lower School Learning Center begins.

June 2017—Summer Programs relocates to Bissell Campus. New temporary school foot and vehicle traffic patterns in place for community safety.

Summer 2018—Upper School science and math programs move into new Purdy Center; Lower School programs move into the new Hance Lower School Learning Center.

Looking Ahead: Phase II and III

Projected Phase II

Renovation of current Upper and Lower School Learning Centers into Dowd Student Center (cafeteria and new academic area)

Anticipated Groundbreaking—June 2018

January 2018—Board of Trustees approves Phase II construction

Summer 2018—Upper School library is relocated temporarily to Pell Hall

Summer 2018—Renovation begins

Fall 2019—New dining spaces open for students, College Counseling Office, Campus Store, and Senior Lounge move into Dowd Student Center 

Projected Phase III

Renovation of current cafeteria space into new Upper School Learning Center

Anticipated Groundbreaking—June 2019

"The planned enhancements to campus facilities are a significant commitment in ensuring Country Day remains at the forefront in delivering an exceptional education for our students, both now and in the future, through innovative and creating learning spaces. I am grateful to be part of a community that embraces our collective commitment to our students and our school."

Mark Reed, Head of School

Strategic Priorities

Tremendous energy surrounds these immediate strategic priorities and we are grateful for the generous, early leadership gifts that will allow us to begin construction in summer 2017.

State-of-the-art academic building will drive innovative instruction and student research. Planned Completion: Fall 2018.
New home for the media center, ERP, and Extended Day. Anticipated Completion: August 2018.
New Upper and Lower School Student Center with Cafeteria. Anticipated Groundbreaking: June 2018.
New academic learning space to include the Mattei Family Library and Media Center. Anticipated Groundbreaking: June 2019.


If you have any questions about capital giving at Country Day, please contact:
Lauren Batten, Director of Advancement
(704) 943-4539 | E-mail

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