We’re back to the school grind, Smarties, and we couldn’t have predicted how different this school year would be. With remote learning, in-person instruction and a hybrid blend currently taking place in a classroom near you, we are all hoping that next year looks entirely different.
Our local schools are pivoting daily and they have some really important Open House dates for you to put on your calendars. Below we present our Smarty Open House Guide, make sure you bookmark this guide because dates are changing often. We are SO lucky to have so many incredible options in the QC – you are sure to find the right fit for your family.
We are very proud to announce our partners for the 2020-21 Smarty Education Corner: Charlotte Christian School, Charlotte Country Day School, Charlotte Jewish Day School, Charlotte Latin School, Charlotte Preparatory School, The Fletcher School, The John Crosland School, Oaks Christian School, Palisades Episcopal School, and Providence Day School. We leaned heavily on our educational experts throughout the pandemic and we couldn’t be more proud of this team. Over the coming months, we’ll keep you informed on key dates for open house schedules, trending education topics and alerts, and highlights on educators and students doing amazing things in our community.
Also, make sure to check out our Smarty Podcast Series on iTunes where we go in depth about a lot of education topics (among other things!).
CHARLOTTE AREA INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS
Christ-centered. College preparatory. Educating the whole child.
Knights Lead: Celebrating 70 years of excellence in Christian education, Charlotte Christian is a Christ-centered, college preparatory, independent, non-denominational school, serving students in grades JK-12. We offer a rigorous curriculum that prepares students for institutions of higher learning and life beyond. Character and values are emphasized and modeled by a professional and dedicated faculty.
Knights Explore: At Charlotte Christian we teach to the whole child – mind, body, and spirit. Whether composing a song in a digital music class or winning a National Gold Key in art; trying a new sport or playing on a state championship team; taking a field trip downtown or traveling the world during a J-Term excursion, we seek to allow each student to expand their horizons by offering a wide variety of teams, classes, clubs and activities.
Knights Impact: Charlotte Christian does not simply provide a curriculum which contains a Bible class; we teach students to make sense of the world and their place in it by filtering their learning through God’s word. Annual retreats, weekly chapels, and special spiritual emphasis days are planned each year for students as a time for renewal and relationship building and learning how to impact the culture for Christ.
Come be a Knight!
Attend an upcoming virtual open house experience for A Closer Look at Charlotte Christian.
Grades JK-5: Wednesday, October 14th at 10a
Grades 6-12: Wednesday, October 28th at 10a
Please click here to register for a virtual open house experience.
Please contact the admissions team to schedule a virtual tour of the campus or register for an upcoming virtual open house experience by calling (704) 366-5657, e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting this page.
Charlotte Christian School
7301 Sardis Road
Charlotte, NC 28270
Ready. For. Anything.
Ready to explore. Ready to create. Ready for whatever life has in store for me. Country Day Ready.
Charlotte Country Day School is preparing the world’s next generation of leaders, thinkers, and doers. From junior kindergarten to our rigorous Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses, our exceptional faculty incorporates the newest and most sophisticated technologies to teach an innovative and integrated curriculum.
Since 1941 our mission has been to introduce young learners to the world of ideas. Our students learn to explore a variety of interests and develop lifelong relationships, in an environment that embraces each individual child.
Here, you’ll find a profound commitment to lifelong learning, hands-on experiences, individualized attention, and a caring, inclusive community. You’ll find teachers, coaches, administrators, and advisors working in close partnership. Most important, you’ll find a dynamic educational experience that cultivates our student’s intellectual, social, physical, emotional, and creative qualities.
Finding just the right school for your child is one of the most important decisions you will make. We are delighted to help you as you begin learning more about our school. Come experience how Country Day can help prepare your child to succeed in a world none of us can yet imagine.
Call our team, or visit during an Open House:
Country Day Admissions 101: October 1 at 11a. No RSVP required.
JK-4 Virtual Open House: October 22. Details to follow, RSVP here.
Upper School Virtual Open House: November 12. Details to follow, RSVP here.
As a community day school, Charlotte Jewish Day School (CJDS) reaches students and families across the entire spectrum of Judaism by teaching what we all have in common and allowing each family to explore their own path of Judaism. CJDS remains committed to maintaining and preserving the values and principles that inspired us to create our school. Our graduates will become the leaders of tomorrow, equipped with a powerful scholastic, ethical, and religious foundation, and confident in their unique strengths, talents, and abilities to make a difference in their communities and the world around them.
To schedule a private tour:
Contact Gale Osborne at email@example.com or (704) 366-4558.
At Charlotte Latin, we trust development and believe it is our privilege to engage both the head and the heart of every child. Every day. Set on 128 wooded acres, Charlotte Latin’s environment is an idyllic backdrop for children of all ages to develop into lifelong learners and thoughtful citizens of the world.
Charlotte Latin’s mission is to encourage individual development and civility in our students by inspiring them to learn, by encouraging them to serve others, by offering them many growth-promoting opportunities.
Latin’s students are expected to work hard and stretch academically, but they receive substantial support from their teachers. Elective courses and extracurricular activities are available on an age-appropriate basis, and students are encouraged to explore their interests in the arts and athletics as well as master their academic subjects to develop a balanced educational experience.
Latin is divided into three divisions: The Lower School serves students in transitional kindergarten through fifth grade. The Middle School serves students in the sixth through eighth grades. The Upper School serves students in the grades 9-12.
2020 Open Houses
Charlotte Latin is excited to host two virtual LIVE Open House events this fall. Our Kindergarten Open House, on Saturday, October 3, focuses on our teachers and students and the K–12 journey. Our Middle School and Upper School Open House, on Saturday, October 17, focuses on the student-faculty relationships.
Both events begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday mornings and last approximately one hour.
The Kindergarten Experience: Saturday, October 3rd, 10-11a
Join us, virtually, for this live event to learn why we believe Charlotte Latin School is a special place and why the K-12 journey promotes our mission: to encourage individual development and civility in our students, inspiring them to learn, by encouraging them to serve others, and by offering many growth promoting opportunities.
Middle and Upper School: A Student and Faculty Perspective:: Saturday, October 17th from 10–11:15a
Join us, virtually, for this live event to hear why relationships matter at Charlotte Latin. You will hear from our Head of School, Chuck Baldecchi, along with several student-faculty pairs to learn the many ways we embrace our mission.
KNOWN, LOVED, CHALLENGED.
Now more than ever, your children need a school where they are known for their unique personalities, loved by their teachers, and challenged to rise to their personal best. At Charlotte Prep, our intimate size and PreK-8th grade philosophy create a community where children receive an outstanding education in a safe, nurturing environment that fosters intellectual, expressive, physical, and ethical growth.
Although school looks different this year, rest assured that our dedication to remaining child-centered remains constant. The physical and emotional health and happiness of each child is always at the forefront of our minds. The size of our #OnePrep family means we have a pulse on every child’s needs in our community, be those academic or emotional, on-campus, or virtual.
We value positive character and integrity as the essential building blocks of a truly meaningful life. With our intentionally designed small class sizes, we can ensure that every student is known, loved, and challenged. We recognize and appreciate the richness of a diverse student body, which accounts for approximately 42% of our population. We develop principled, self-confident leaders who model self-control and creative problem-solving skills, and are able to lead others.
Contact us for enrollment information at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can always take a virtual tour here!
Virtual Information Sessions:
Montessori Early School: Wednesday, October 28th at 9:30a
Kindergarten – 8th Grade: Thursday, November 5th at 9:30a
The Fletcher School – Where Performance Meets Potential
The Fletcher School serves students with learning differences by offering a multisensory, college preparatory curriculum that prepares them to reach their full potential. Our bright, talented, and often gifted students learn in small, structured classes with a 6:1 student-to-teacher ratio. Individual and prescriptive learning plans are developed for each student.
The Admissions Department at The Fletcher School will host grade-level specific virtual Open Houses in November. Please stay tuned for details in the upcoming weeks.
To learn more about specific admissions requirements, visit our website.
The Fletcher School
5800 Sardis Road
Charlotte, NC 28270
Crosland students are intelligent and hardworking, yet they often come to us feeling frustrated and overwhelmed. A student’s self-esteem may have been impacted by the difficult journey to find an academic environment suited to meet his or her unique needs. Crosland can provide this academic setting for your child where he or she feels accepted and safe by educators who understand. The attention to detail and student support is evident in the highly qualified teachers who deliver a specialized curriculum that allows our students to gain understanding and to grow. We include the arts, athletics, social thinking, and executive functioning to create a balanced approach. We strive for students to build confidence, become independent learners, and most importantly understand what they need to have in place to succeed and accomplish their dreams. Our program provides a synthesis between customized academic curricula for students who learn differently and the loving support of teachers who encourage self-advocacy while also guiding social growth in a non-competitive, low-stress environment. We challenge children to measure their own growth rather than comparing themselves to peers, friends, or siblings.
Open House Information:
Admissions Season is upon us. We have limited availability during the 2020-21 school year. Please call the admissions office at 704-749-6709 for details. Virtual admissions open houses for 2021-2022 school year will begin in the late fall. Please click on this link to register for the first virtual admissions open house on Thursday, October 29th at 10a. PRIVATE CAMPUS TOURS ARE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. We look forward to sharing information about our school.
At Oaks Christian School, our vision is to nurture, develop, and educate the whole child – mind, body, heart, and soul. It is our mission to accomplish this and promote a love of learning through a distinctive program that includes experiential learning environments, a Christ-centered worldview, community service partnerships, and a convenient year-round calendar. We accomplish this unique vision through small classes, where our teachers have the opportunity to know students personally in a highly relational atmosphere. Our commitment to delivering experiential learning allows us to captivate young minds with hands-on projects that bring learning to life, and most importantly, our Christ-centered approach to teaching and serving others allows each child to know his or her identity and worth in the Lord and to share and model those very concepts with others.
The school does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color or national origin in the administration of its educational programs, admissions policies, financial aid policies, employment practices or other school-administered programs.
For more information about our monthly open houses, please call 980-242-9933.
The Oaks Charlotte
School address: 4921 Randolph Road – Providence Baptist Church
Palisades Episcopal School Joyful Love of Learning!
Every day is Open House at PES – schedule a tour at your convenience anytime!
Palisades Episcopal School (PES) is a school honoring Christ and committed to providing a classical education challenging the mind, body and spirit. Serving students in Junior Kindergarten – 8th grade, PES offers intimate class sizes and low teacher-student ratios which allow for differentiated instruction across every grade. In addition, our service integration helps students develop citizenship skills and fosters values of integrity, courage, responsibility, compassion, and hard work. PES students graduate knowing how to connect their heads to their hearts, becoming lifelong learners who are academically prepared for high school and beyond. For more information about PES or to schedule a tour, visit us at pescharlotte.org.
For more information about our events, our school, equestrian program, performing arts, or athletics, visit us at pescharlotte.org.
13120 Grand Palisades Parkway
Charlotte, NC 28278
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Providence Day School Keeps Commitment to Social Responsibility
Providence Day exists to inspire in our students a passion for learning, a commitment to personal integrity, and a sense of social responsibility.
We prepare our students to be empathetic problem solvers and active global citizens through our TK-12 global curriculum.
Our commitment to social responsibility has remained stronger than ever in recent months, as our school used 3-D printers to create personal protective equipment; conducted a campaign that raised more than $150,000 for Loaves & Fishes to supply groceries to families in need; and is launching a “Worldwide Week of Service” from September 27-October 3 to encourage students, parents, alumni, and our larger community to serve others.
Virtual Open Houses:
TK–5: Thursday, October 29th at 6:30p
TK–12: Sunday, November 8th at 2:00p
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) provides academic instruction and support each school day to more than 146,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade in 170 schools throughout the cities and towns of Mecklenburg County. See the below links for shortcuts to the enrollment process and Open House Dates listed alphabetically by school.
CHARLOTTE-MECKLENBURG MAGNET SCHOOLS
Any student can apply to a magnet program within CMS. All students who wish to apply for a magnet program must meet any entrance requirements that may exist for the school or magnet program and agree to fulfill program requirements to remain enrolled in the magnet program. For more information on the CMS Magnet program and all Open House dates for these schools, visit the below links.