Academics

Highly-skilled teachers, outstanding facilities and a supportive school community are all focused on the success of each child’s educational journey.

Through coordination among the Lower, Middle, and Upper School divisions, Latin's curriculum is designed so that each successive grade adds to our students’ mastery of skills. While Latin has high expectations for our students, we believe in educating the whole child and in providing a balanced learning environment that promotes the growth of each student's mind, body and spirit.

Throughout the school we encourage learning through problem-solving and project-based learning. Life skills such as time management, teamwork and resilience are woven throughout the curriculum and specifically reinforced through Middle School's Emotional Intelligence curriculum and Latin Leads with Honor, our school-wide leadership develop program.

Latin's flexible curriculum and expert teachers work together, allowing each child to be appropriately challenged and supported. Our academic program prepares our students to succeed in college by providing growth-promoting opportunities that foster a lifelong love of learning while our social/emotional curriculum, with a focus on service, prepares students to become active and engaged participants in life.


Curriculum Vision Statements

Curriculum Vision Statements define a common direction and inspire everyone to work together to reach these goals.

Reading and Writing: The Language Arts

As a result of the language arts experience, a Charlotte Latin School graduate will be a lifelong learner who is a critical reader and thinker, an effective writer and communicator able to apply what is learned in a meaningful, responsible and honorable way that contributes to the greater community.

What a CLS graduate will know and be able to do in Language Arts:

  • Reading – apply strategies to decode, comprehend, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate a variety of texts including literary texts, non-literary print texts, non-print texts, multimedia, and oral texts
  • Vocabulary – develop and apply a variety of skills to increase vocabulary in order to enhance practical knowledge and love of the English language
  • Communication – make connections through oral and written language, media, and technology to develop informed opinions which allow him/her to become an advocate for issues of public concern
  • Grammar – apply conventions of grammar and usage to communicate effectively
  • Writing – apply the appropriate strategies and skills to communicate effectively through written language

Mathematics

The graduates of Charlotte Latin School will be able, confidently and effectively, to use their math skills in daily living, college level work, and in a professional environment. Each graduate will possess the necessary skills to analyze a problem, call on a repertoire of problem-solving strategies and tools, and to think logically and reasonably in arriving at a solution. In addition, graduates will communicate from a mathematical standpoint, both in verbal and written form. Most importantly, it is the hope of the School that graduates will sustain the desire to be lifelong learners.

What a CLS graduate will know and be able to do in Mathematics:

  • interpret data and apply logical reasoning to solve a variety of problems including those which require modeling techniques
  • possess a number sense that will transcend both numeration and numerical operations
  • connect and apply different mathematical ideas
  • communicate and translate mathematical languages
  • understand and utilize measurement as well as the geometry of mathematics
  • understand the algebra of mathematics in various levels and contexts

Science

At the completion of the science education at Charlotte Latin, graduates will possess a curiosity about the world. The graduate will have developed skills associated with scientific inquiry and have acquired the knowledge to make observations about the world, so that inferences and predictions can be made that are consistent with natural laws. As science is interdisciplinary and has played a significant role in history and the development of culture, the graduate will use scientific literacy in making personal decisions and solving real world problems.

What a CLS graduate will know and be able to do in Science:

  • design and carry out experiments
  • identify a problem and use appropriate scientific procedure
  • gather data in order to make inferences and predictions in investigations
  • interpret the world in ways that are consistent with the application of scientific principles
  • understand the role of science in history and culture
  • use technology to access, collect, analyze, and communicate data

Social Science

Students emerging from the social sciences at Charlotte Latin School will acquire and utilize lifelong learning skills and values of democracy. Life-long learning skills include the ability to synthesize and analyze information from different perspectives, problem-solving/critical thinking skills, and research skills. Students should be able to evaluate the relative significance of information and to present/express diverse views. Values of democracy include awareness of the world community with a respect and appreciation for individuality, moral courage, and a spirit of inquiry.

What a CLS graduate will know and be able to do in Social Science:

  • synthesize, evaluate, and analyze information from different perspectives
  • demonstrate effective critical reading, writing, and research skills specific to social studies
  • interpret and utilize historical materials, including primary sources
  • demonstrate the skills and knowledge to exercise the responsibilities of citizenship in a democratic society
  • demonstrate awareness of global issues, while understanding their connectedness to history
  • demonstrate a broad-based understanding of global geography
  • demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of world religions, politics, and economic systems

World Languages

Through foreign language study, Charlotte Latin School international exchanges, and community service opportunities, graduates of Charlotte Latin will have acquired an understanding and appreciation of the power of language as a tool of oral and written communication. As responsible citizens of the world, they will have gained an affinity and respect for diverse peoples, ideas, and cultures. They will have developed curiosity, critical thinking skills, and a passion for life-long language learning.

What a CLS graduate will know and be able to do in World Languages:

  • comprehend and interpret spoken and written language from a variety of sources
  • communicate information, ideas, and viewpoints in the target language both verbally and in writing
  • gain, strengthen, and expand his/her knowledge of other subject areas through the target language
  • demonstrate an understanding of cultural relationships and perspectives within our global society
  • participate in an international experience beyond the classroom through travel and/or community involvement

Technology

Charlotte Latin School graduates will have knowledge and skills in using standard language and tools of technology to function successfully in future endeavors. They will have facility at accessing, evaluating, managing, and communicating information using appropriate technological resources. Having been informed of ethical and societal issues, Charlotte Latin graduates will use technology responsibly as good citizens.

What a CLS graduate will know and be able to do in Technology:

  • select and use technology tools to communicate effectively
  • be equipped with the knowledge to make ethical choices related to the use of technology
  • use current technology to locate, organize, analyze, interpret, and apply information
  • demonstrate an awareness of various technologies and ways that they affect the individual and society

Library

As a result of the Library experience, Charlotte Latin School graduates will be able to plan systematic searches for information, gather and analyze information, and then produce meaningful, high-quality work based on new and synthesized knowledge. They will be able to think, make good decisions, and use information that will propel them to greater achievement.

What the CLS graduate will know and be able to do because of the Library:

  • achieve information literacy by developing effective strategies in all formats and in all content areas of the curriculum
  • independently access and utilize a variety of sources both inside and outside the school setting
  • recognize good literature and other creative expressions of information
  • understand the ethical, cultural, and societal issues related to information and information technology
  • recognize the importance of information and its use for problem solving in the real world

Student Support Services

With the assistance of Student Support Services, the Charlotte Latin graduate will emerge a well-rounded individual capable of sound judgment, independent thinking, self-awareness, and empathy for others. The graduate will possess resilience, resourcefulness, and persistence allowing attainment of full potential.

What the CLS graduate will know and be able to do because of Student Support Services:

  • be proficient in his/her use of specific learning strategies for organization, studying, and test-taking
  • independently apply appropriate learning strategies for success
  • demonstrate fluency in math, reading, and written expression
  • demonstrate the self-awareness and resourcefulness to pursue support services as needed
  • make decisions based upon his/her own individual needs and preferences
  • be a self-advocate in life
  • be capable of assessing the variety of life choices necessary to develop a balanced life

The Arts

As a result of their Arts experiences, Charlotte Latin graduates will be lifelong learners who appreciate, participate in and evaluate the arts through personal, historical and cultural contexts. They will see the value of the arts as a vital contributing force, enriching not only their own lives but also the lives of the greater community.

What the CLS graduate will know and be able to do in Dramatic Arts:

  • be comfortable expressing emotions and ideas creatively through words, gestures, and movement
  • speak clearly, confidently, and convincingly
  • interpret and analyze various dramatic sources and relate them to further understanding of the human condition
  • possess a strong work ethic and a persistent commitment to personal excellence
  • be committed to group success as opposed to personal glory
  • be a problem solver who is comfortable adapting to challenges
  • understand the importance of the technology and tools used to aid communication and performance

What the CLS graduate will know and be able to do in Music:

  • participate in/have exposure to excellent musical performances
  • be comfortable singing/playing alone and/or with others
  • be exposed to musical performances in a variety of genres, demonstrating appropriate behavior for each
  • understand and be able to write about music from historical and cultural perspectives
  • be able to listen to, analyze, and describe music

What a CLS graduate will know and be able to do in Visual Art:

  • demonstrate a working knowledge of the elements of art and principles of design
  • perceive connections between visual art and other disciplines
  • demonstrate and develop critical and creative thinking skills
  • demonstrate a general knowledge of art history and diversity of cultural influences
  • demonstrate a fluency in two and three dimentional art
  • be able to critique verbally his/her own work of art, as well as that of others, based on art elements and principles
  • demonstrate an awareness of art as an avocation as well as a profession

Cum Laude Society

  • Charlotte Latin is the youngest school to have received a Cum Laude chapter.
  • The society honors scholastic achievement at secondary schools.
  • Cum Laude is similar to Phi Beta Kappa, which honors scholastic achievement at the university level.