About Us

Traditional in design and values, innovative in implementation and execution – that's Latin.

From our Founders' vision in 1970 to create an inclusive school where academic excellence is encouraged, leadership is cultivated, liberal arts are valued and phonics-based reading is essential, Latin has educated thousands of students in the importance of learning, citizenship, service to others, hard work and Honor Above All.

  • Latin is a safe place for children to express themselves and learn. Each students at Latin is known as an individual and as a member of our school family.
  • Relationships are key. Our faculty and staff teach, coach, encourage, support and care for our students.
  • Latin partners with parents to provide a moral community that counter-balances contemporary culture. We believe in keeping children appropriately young.
  • Academic excellence and highly-skilled teachers are the foundation of our school.
  • We value diversity and inclusion. Latin was the first independent TK-12 school in Charlotte to open integrated.



Latin History

Latin was Founded in 1970 by a group of visionary parents searching for a traditional, academically rigorous school that educated the whole child. Issues crucial to the founders' plan included integration, a phonics-based reading program, academic excellence, service, leadership, honor and citizenship.

Learn more about Latin's history by reading Latin Translations: Stories of Our School History.

Our Mission

Our mission is to encourage individual development and civility in our students by inspiring them to learn, by encouraging them to serve others, and by offering them many growth-promoting opportunities.

Our Core Values

Honor Above All
Charlotte Latin embraces the development of personal honor as a lifelong pursuit in the building of character and adherence to the Honor Code is required from all members of the School community. We honor one another and our personal gifts and accomplishments.

Commitment to Excellence
The quest for excellence that has characterized Charlotte Latin since its founding extends to all aspects of school life, and is viewed as the effort to do one’s best and to seek to improve continually. This quest embodies the boundless spirit that characterizes our school community, and it is grounded in our commitment to create an exceptional environment for teaching and learning.

Leadership
Charlotte Latin encourages the development of leadership as a lifelong characteristic of our students and adheres to the concept of service to others (servant leadership) as the ideal model that best meets the needs of our school community, our nation and the world.

Respect for Oneself and Others
Respect is the foundation of the Charlotte Latin School community. We celebrate differences that include diverse people, cultures and perspectives.

Personal Responsibility
Each person at Charlotte Latin is accountable for his or her actions. We all share responsibility for the welfare of the greater School community.

Moral Courage
Charlotte Latin leads by example and our members are willing to do what is right and true through the courage of their convictions in spite of possible consequences or the opinions of others. Morally courageous people are willing to admit their mistakes, to address injustice and to uphold the principle of “Honor Above All.”

Our Motto

Charlotte Latin's motto is Inlustrate Orbem, which means "Enlighten the World."

Diversity & Inclusion

As a community of learners, Charlotte Latin School is committed to creating a welcoming and supportive environment that accepts and honors all people. We respect individual differences, including, but not limited to, ethnicity, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status.

We seek to foster a community that appreciates the benefits and responsibilities of living in a diverse world.

We believe that a deep understanding and valuing of difference is necessary to our overall mission and that community-wide participation in programs that advance the goals of diversity and inclusion is the key to our commitment.

Learn more.

Our Beliefs

Everyone can learn and is encouraged to learn through as many opportunities as the School can provide.

Honor is one of the most fundamental values, and upholding the Honor Code is a valued tradition.

All students have unique talents and capabilities and have something to give to the community.

Faculty and staff are always encouraged to continue their studies and their professional growth with the aid of staff development funds.

Parents are an active and important part of the life of the School.

All students will act in a manner consistent with the customs and courtesies of the School and the School Community.

The School continues to review and update its programs in all areas.

Teachers interact with students in a way that develops healthy relationships in a professional manner.

The general campus – through its gardens, its statuary, and its buildings – promotes an atmosphere of peace and harmony.

The leadership of the School shall be carried out in an atmosphere that encourages and supports these beliefs.

Honor Code

"As a member of the Charlotte Latin Community, I am responsible for upholding and promoting honesty, trust, respect, fairness, and justice in all venues of School life. To maintain personal integrity, I will not cheat, lie, steal, or plagiarize. I will do my best to raise awareness of the importance of honor for the purpose of making Latin a better place to learn and work. I understand the Charlotte Latin School Honor Code and will uphold my Honor Above All."

Accreditation

Charlotte Latin School is a fully accredited, independent, coeducational, non-sectarian, college-preparatory day school serving students in transitional kindergarten through twelfth grade.

Charlotte Latin is jointly accredited by the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Latin also is accredited by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

Charlotte Latin is a member in good standing of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools (NCAIS).


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