Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

We believe that students benefit significantly from an education that affirms respect and inclusivity as core values. We aspire to be a school community that not only values the principles of equity, inclusivity, and justice, but also a community that puts principles to practice on a daily basis. We continue to grow together and learn from each other.

Our students come from different faith, socioeconomic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, and they all bring their own passions, talents, and personalities. In order for ALL of our students to feel valued, they need to feel understood and supported. We must model for our children the power of living as an authentic, inclusive community.

Brian Wise, Director of Diversity Planning

Affirmation of Community

Charlotte Country Day School is committed to living as an authentic, inclusive community. Our pursuit of this commitment to community recognizes and affirms the richness brought by difference and discovered through commonality.

  • Building and sustaining a community diverse in membership.
  • Acceptance and respect for differences in age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, sexual orientation, ability, physical attributes, and socioeconomic circumstances.
  • Curriculum which equips students to think critically, to act respectfully, and to show sensitivity to the needs and feelings of others.
  • Curriculum which educates for the future and which prepares students for participation in local and global communities.
  • Faculty and staff who know and affirm each individual child, who actively seek to understand and appreciate perspectives different from their own, and who model for their students the valuing of diversity.
  • Accountability for behaviors which convey disrespect; courage and trust to acknowledge and grow from missteps and misunderstandings in our personal interactions within our diverse community.
  • Inclusive school events which seek to create shared experiences, fellowship, and understanding.
  • School culture and climate which allow each member to feel valued and affirmed, and thereby promote belonging and foster community ownership.
  • Awareness that living in community and embracing diversity are an active process, a continual journey which engages us in personal and institutional self-assessment, reflections, and openness to growth and change.

Did You Know?

  • The Board of Trustees established the Community and Culture Committee and a Board Diversity Initiative committed an increase of $1.4 million specifically for recruiting, retaining, and supporting our DEI goals.
  • 20% of our enrollment is comprised of students of color of which 8% are Black and 15% faculty of color.
  • The Board of Trustees is comprised of 23% of people of color of which 16% are Black

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Action

Modeling Engaged Citizenship

Middle School Art Teacher Dwayne Wilson has a passion for using the power of art as a tool to help lower-income, minority youth manage and rise above their daily challenges.

Making an Impact: Giving Back to the Community

Middle School Spanish Teacher Shaunta Davis is at the forefront of E2D, a nonprofit organization, and uses her teaching, language, and technology skills in ways that move the greater Charlotte community forward.