Charlotte Country Day School

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Charlotte Country Day School
Charlotte Country Day logo.jpg
1440 Carmel Road


United States
Coordinates35°08′47″N 80°48′13″W / 35.1465°N 80.8037°W / 35.1465; -80.8037Coordinates: 35°08′47″N 80°48′13″W / 35.1465°N 80.8037°W / 35.1465; -80.8037
MottoFortitudine Ac Pietate
(With Courage and Reverence)
Established1941 (80 years ago) (1941)
School districtIndependent
CEEB code340666
Head of schoolMark Reed
Average class sizeApproximately 15
Student to teacher ratio12:1
CampusCannon and Bissell campuses
Color(s)Green and gold
Athletics66 teams
Athletics conferenceNCISAA
RivalCharlotte Catholic High School, Charlotte Latin School, Providence Day School

Charlotte Country Day School is a private, secular school in Charlotte, North Carolina, with classes in grades Junior Kindergarten12. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and Southern Association of Independent Schools.[1]


Charlotte Country Day School was founded as an independent school in 1941 by headmaster Dr. Thomas Burton, with the intention to "meet the special requirements of the college-bound youth." [2] The school opened in September 1941 with 18 students matriculating in the former Stuart W. Cramer Home on East Morehead Street near uptown Charlotte, North Carolina.[3][4] By 1945 the Country Day included grades 1 – 8 and had an enrollment of 56 students on a six-acre school site on Sardis Road in suburban Charlotte.[4]

The estate of the Martin L. Cannon Jr. made a gift in 1958 that allowed the school to build a new eight building campus on a 30-acre site donated by Mr. and Mrs. James G. Harris on Carmel Road.[5] With the opening of the Cannon Campus, Country Day expanded to a K – 12 college preparatory school.[6] The new campus increased total enrollment capacity from 235 students to 400 students. In 1962 the school graduated its first class of 15 high school seniors.[4]

The advent of busing in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School system caused many independent schools in the region to experience rapid growth in the early 1970s.[7][8] Country Day had started in 1941 and was not founded in response to desegregation, but it saw an influx of hundreds of new applications during this period.[9] Journalists found it likely that its enrollment benefitted from parents seeking to avoid busing in the public school system.[10][11] By the 1974-75 school year, Country Day had grown to total enrollment of 873 students in grades K-12.[12]

In 1980 Country Day merged with Carmel Academy, one of several independent schools established in Mecklenburg County in the wake of the Swann decision in 1971.[13] The merger put Carmel Academy, previously operating with no endowment, on more secure financial footing.[14] After combining the schools, middle school grades 5 – 8 moved to the Carmel Academy campus (today referred to as the Bissell campus), about four miles away from the main Cannon campus. The newly combined school changed its mascot from the Rebels to the Buccaneers as part of the merger.[15][16]

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.[17]

The newest building is the Hance Fine Arts Center, completed in August 2004.[18]

The Cannon campus was newly renovated at the end of 2018. The Purdy Math and Science building is the newest addition to the Cannon campus.

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.[19]

Elsewhere on Bissell Campus, the Sklut Center has three art rooms, the cafeteria, and the general music room. A separate building is dedicated entirely to the natural sciences.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Charlotte Country Day School Profile" (PDF).
  2. ^ "Country Day School To Buy Site". The Charlotte News. August 27, 1941.
  3. ^ "STUART CRAMER HOME SELECTED". The Charlotte Observer. August 31, 1941.
  4. ^ a b c "Our History - Charlotte Country Day". Retrieved 2020-08-05.
  5. ^ "Day School Building". The Charlotte Observer. October 23, 1958.
  6. ^ "Country Day Contract Is Awarded". The Charlotte Observer. November 13, 1959.
  7. ^ Maniloff, Howard (November 20, 1972). "Schools' White Flight Slowing". The Charlotte Observer.
  8. ^ Maniloff, Howard (November 20, 1972). "Schools' White Flight Slowing, Continued". The Charlotte Observer.
  9. ^ Lassiter, Matthew T. (Oct 24, 2013). The Silent Majority: Suburban Politics in the Sunbelt South. Princeton University Press. pp. 165, 169. ISBN 9781400849420. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  10. ^ Nevin, David; Bills, Robert E (1976). The schools that fear built: segregationist academies in the South. Washington: Acropolis Books. p. 8. ISBN 0874911796. OCLC 2645093.
  11. ^ Paddock, Polly (October 6, 1974). "Busing Spurs Growth In Private Schools". The Charlotte Observer.
  12. ^ "Busing Spurs Growth In Private Schools". The Charlotte Observer. October 6, 1974.
  13. ^ "Charlotte Country Day School | NCpedia". Retrieved 2020-08-05.
  14. ^ Shepard, Charles E. (September 26, 1979). "Carmel Academy, Country Day Merging". The Charlotte Observer.
  15. ^ "5 Things You May Not Know About Our Middle School". Retrieved 2020-08-06.
  16. ^ Gaultney (September 27, 1980). "Country Day". The Charlotte News.
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-02. Retrieved 2011-07-15.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  18. ^ "Celebrating and Embracing the Fine Arts: 2003-04 Charlotte Country Day School Annual Report and Giving Recognition." 2004, pg. 2.
  19. ^ "Grow. Build. Accelerate: The Campaign for Students Summary and 2008–09 Annual Giving Report." 2009, pg. 7.
  20. ^ "Mike Cofer Stats". Retrieved 2020-07-19.
  21. ^ Brandon Miller - Men's Soccer - UNC Wilmington. Retrieved Dec 24, 2019.
  22. ^ (March 14, 2018). Bonnell, Rick. Despite the losing, UNC-G stuck by their young coach. How Wes Miller led Spartans to NCAAs. The Charlotte Observer. Retrieved May 15, 2020.
  23. ^ Candidate - Edwin B. Peacock III - Our Campaigns. Retrieved December 7, 2020.
  24. ^ "Alvin Pearman Stats". Retrieved 2020-07-19.
  25. ^ Tripp Phillips - Men's Tennis - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved December 7, 2020.

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

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