Charlotte Country Day School

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Charlotte Country Day School
Charlotte Country Day School (emblem).jpg
1440 Carmel Road
Charlotte, North Carolina
United States
Type Private
Motto Fortitudine Ac Pietate
(With Courage and Reverence)
Established 1941
School district Independent
Faculty 190+
Enrollment around 1,600
Average class size around 15
Student to teacher ratio 12:1
Campus Cannon and Bissell campuses
Color(s) Green, White
Athletics 66 teams
Athletics conference NCISAA
Mascot Buccaneers
Rival Charlotte Catholic High School
Information (704) 943-4500

Charlotte Country Day School is a private, secular school in Charlotte, North Carolina, with classes in grades Kindergarten-12. A junior kindergarten program is also offered. Charlotte Country Day is located on two campuses, which cover a combined 113 acres (0.46 km2). Cannon Campus is the main campus and home to the Lower School (grades JK-4) and the Upper School (grades 9-12), as well as administrative offices. Bissell Campus, located on Green Rea Road, is designed specifically for the education and development of Middle School (grades 5-8) students.[1]


Founded in 1941 by Dr. Thomas Burton, the school faced initial problems in securing a permanent location large enough to house its student body; they were eventually solved. By July 1944, the school was able to buy a 2,000—volume library from the Aiken School in South Carolina. This acquisition qualified Country Day for accreditation under the guidelines of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In September 1960, the school began holding classes on the current site of Cannon Campus. In 1979, Carmel Academy partnered with Country Day, merging with CCDS soon thereafter, and its former campus became the Bissell Campus. Grades 5 through 8 are taught at this site. Country Day became an International Baccalaureate World School in August 1992.

Cannon Campus[edit]

Cannon Campus for grades JK-4 and 9-12 has 15 buildings, including a full-service dining hall, two libraries, a 400-seat theater, two reading gardens, and multiple computer labs.[2] The main (Cannon) campus is highly "wired," with Wi-Fi capability throughout most of the Upper School, and high speed Internet connections in all classrooms and computer labs. Cannon Campus has about 700 computers, not including personal laptop computers; school laptops are available for check-out and school-provided laptops are provided for teachers.

The newest building is the Hance Fine Arts Center, completed in August 2004. It features four visual arts studios (out of one of which an observer can see the entire campus from the upper level floor-to-ceiling windows), a photography lab, a ceramics/3-D art studio (including the teaching of metallurgy and jewelry-making), a blackbox theater, a two-story dance studio, six soundproof music studios, and six classrooms.[3]

The campus houses the Bruton Smith Athletic Center, which has 3 full-sized basketball courts, a weight room, and a 4-lane indoor track. There is also a training and rehabilitation center. Sports facilities on Cannon Campus include 2 baseball fields, 2 fields used for P.E. and miscellaneous sports, a gymnasium, and a full length football field and track.

Bissell Campus[edit]

Bissell Campus, where CCDS students in grades 5-8 attend classes, underwent extensive renovations in 2009. The 23,000-square-foot (2,100 m2) Dowd Science Building was completed, which added eight science lecture/lab classrooms and two general purpose classrooms. The old science building was renovated to create six foreign language classrooms. Grounds enhancements included a new entryway and fencing, a new front courtyard, and new tennis courts and practice fields.[4]

Other amenities include a sound system that allows for "town meetings," lectures, assemblies, and cheerleading routines. The 7th and 8th grade hallways and the school bookstore are built into the gymnasium's structure, providing space for the higher two grades. Fifth and 6th graders receive instruction in Rea Hall, which also is home to the school offices and nurse.

Elsewhere on Bissell Campus, the Sklut Center has two art rooms, the cafeteria, a computer lab, and the general music room. A separate building is dedicated entirely to the natural sciences. The campus also has 3 locker rooms, a playground, blacktop, and basketball courts.


Head of School: Mark E. Reed
Head of Upper School: Matthew Less
Head of Middle School: Warren Sepkowitz
Head of Lower School: Adele Paynter

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-07. Retrieved 2011-07-13. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-02. Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  3. ^ "Celebrating and Embracing the Fine Arts: 2003-04 Charlotte Country Day School Annual Report and Giving Recognition." 2004, pg. 2.
  4. ^ "Grow. Build. Accelerate: The Campaign for Students Summary and 2008-09 Annual Giving Report." 2009, pg. 7.

"CCDS". Charlotte Country Day school. Retrieved May 2, 2005. 

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Coordinates: 35°08′47″N 80°48′13″W / 35.1465°N 80.8037°W / 35.1465; -80.8037