Smarties, we bring you an in-depth interview with our friends at Charlotte Christian School as we kick off the 2013-14 Open House Season.
Charlotte Christian School. Christ-centered. College preparatory. Educating the whole child.
Established in 1950, Charlotte Christian School is a Christ-centered, college preparatory, independent, non-denominational school serving students in grades JK-12. Our vision for students includes the integration of a Biblical worldview into our curriculum where character, values and essential life skills are emphasized and modeled by a professional and dedicated faculty. This Christian philosophy of education is at the core of all areas of study. A rigorous academic program is offered including strong co-curricular offerings with successful athletic and fine arts programs. As a Christ-centered school, students are taught how to integrate Biblical truth and learning into their daily lives to impact the culture for Christ.
For more than 60 years, Charlotte Christian has nurtured and educated the whole child — heart, mind, body and soul — and provided a challenging college-preparatory curriculum that includes more than 45 honors and Advanced Placement classes; 50 athletic teams; and a broad fine arts program encompassing visual, musical and theatrical skill development. The student population of more than 1,000 reflects a geographical, denominational, racial and ethnic diversity. Every student participates in local, national and/or international service projects.
Charlotte Christian is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS-CASI), an accreditation division of AdvancEd.
Read these quick facts to learn more about Charlotte Christian.
Emphasis on 21st Century Classroom
The Four C’s of a 21st Century Thinker: Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, and Critical Thinking
As educators, we daily endeavor to train, teach and enrich students. We encourage them to embrace their God-given gifts and to excel in all they do. In the 21st century classroom, many of the norms we know as students have changed for today’s student. At Charlotte Christian we focus on the four C’s of a 21st century thinker: Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, and Critical Thinking. Twenty-first century student learning is inquiry-based and centered on solving real world problems. Teachers are focused on asking high level questions and facilitating thinking, discussion and learning. As we move forward educating students, we are tasked with producing students who are technologically savvy, globally competitive, creatively inspired critical thinkers who are effective communicators that work collaboratively with others. Even as we implement the latest models of instruction, we embrace and foster the foundational qualities of a good student to help cultivate the well-rounded student that is prepared for college and beyond.
Technology has forever changed the landscape of our lives. Charlotte Christian has integrated advanced technology in the classroom with multi-touch interactive SMART Boards, iPads, Netbooks, etc. Some examples are our Lower School STEM Lab that integrates the learning of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics to middle school students building robotics in an engineering design class and upper school students constructing and testing rockets in Physics classes. Not to mention this year all faculty were provided with an iPad that allows teachers to layer technology into everyday instruction.
The Learning Curve Blog offers insights into the 21st century classroom and how Charlotte Christian is preparing students with today’s technology.
Healthy Dining Program
In the summer of 2012, Charlotte Christian completely renovated our dining hall and revamped our dining menus to provide only healthy options for breakfast, lunch and breaks. The dining program is part of our goal of educating the whole child by partnering with parents to make school lunches as healthy and nutritious as possible. Students now come to the dining hall and can choose from all fresh salads, veggies, fruits, a Panini bar that they make themselves, healthy hot lunch selections including a vegetarian option, fresh soups, and more. We’ve taken out all sodas and offer juices, water, and milk for beverages and removed the fryers, so no more fried foods. In adopting a “nut aware” program to help with food allergies, peanut butter has been removed and replaced with sun butter. We have also removed disposable plates and cups in order to be more “green friendly” and are now using washable plates, cups, and silverware. With this change, lunch is also included in tuition for all of our students.
In 2012-13 athletics,
– 2013 NCISAA Varsity Baseball State Champions
– 2013 NCISAA Varsity Football State Champions
– 2013 CISAA championships in varsity baseball, varsity football, varsity softball & varsity boy’s track
– 68 All-CISAA conference placements
– 38 All-NCISAA state placements
– 19 student-athletes signed and/or committed
– 12 varsity teams advanced to NCISAA postseason play
In 2012-13 fine arts,
– 39 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
– 28 university honors bands placements
– 16 CITA (Christians in Theatre Arts) Awards
– 5 students selected to American High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall in band and choir
– 4 Blumenthal Performing Arts (Blumey) Awards including Best Musical for Oklahoma!, Upper School Musical
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The 2013-14 Charlotte Christian Open House Schedule
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 9:30 am
JK-K Open House
Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 7:00 pm
JK-K Open House
Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 1:00 pm
Grades JK-12 Open House
Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Grades JK-12 Open House
Please contact the admissions team to tour the campus or reserve your space at an upcoming open house by calling (704) 366-5657, e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting www.charlottechristian.com/admissions.