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International Studies

Global Mindedness Begins Here

At Country Day, global mindedness is about far more than travel—it's about building bridges to other people and places. Our curriculum is infused with connection-making opportunities.

  • Lower School Spanish language students converse with their teacher's daughter via Skype to learn about living in Costa Rica, and third graders perform a play centered on global themes.
  • Middle School students use foreign soil samples in environmental science, and they master the rules of cricket in physical education.
  • Upper School students contrast the U.S. system with other countries in AP Comparative Government and choose from elective courses such as World Religions and International Relations.

Our International Baccalaureate Diploma Program—the first offered in North Carolina and the only IB diploma offered by the region's independent schools—is a globally recognized, rigorous course of study that focuses on culture, language, and world citizenship.

Our international research grants send Country Day teachers to learn in destinations throughout the world each summer and they bring their experiences, insights, and understanding of other cultures back to their classrooms.

A World of Opportunity

Country Day is home to families and students who represent a wide range of cultures and nationalities, giving our students an opportunity to connect to a world that becomes smaller every day.

On campus, students experience global cultures through curriculum, clubs, and events such as Model United Nations, Global Lunch Forums, Academic WorldQuest, and the International Club. Parents are supported through the International Parent Board and the Parent Global Ambassadors.

Our international travel programs offer Upper and Middle School students the chance to participate in global service and academic experiences. Through our international sister school partnerships, more than 2,000 graduates have benefited from an immersion experience that often brings lasting relationships that bond two cultures.

International Flags

Country Day International Studies Program Facts

  • First comprehensive International Studies Program in Charlotte.
  • First school in North Carolina to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma.
  • First school in NC to visit Cuba.
  • First high school in North Carolina to establish a full teacher exchange with a school in China.
  • More than 70 international guest speakers including Mikhail Gorbachev, Shimon Peres, John Majors, and Lech Walesa.
  • For more than 10 years, Country Day students have finished in first place at the Academic WorldQuest competition nearly every year.
  • Country Day is the only independent day school in North Carolina with a full-time English as a Second Language program.
Charlotte Country Day School
1440 Carmel Rd Road, Charlotte,
NC North Carolina 28226
704.943.4500
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