The mission of Charlotte Latin School 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." Latin's students are provided with numerous opportunities to live this mission through participation in a variety of service projects in which they learn the importance of caring for others in the Charlotte community and beyond.
Latin's curriculum is designed to promote service learning, whereby students delve into the underlying issues that result in community needs, then implement meaningful efforts to address those needs. Not only are Latin's students encouraged to engage with others through tangible outreach, they are taught the critical thinking and project management skills that prepare them to make a positive difference in the lives of others. This experiential education model fosters self-confidence, self-awareness, and empathy.
The Charlotte Latin community believes that service to others is fundamental to a life well lived. Through engagement with people with diverse backgrounds, abilities, and socio-cultural traditions, students have firsthand opportunities to learn, to explore, and to find shared human concerns. These experiences help students discover abilities within themselves and others, while more fully realizing the joy of reaching out to other persons.
Age-appropriate service opportunities are available to students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. In the Upper School, the Charlotte Latin Community Service Program is managed by students, including the operation of an inner-city, after-school program. It is a true reflection of the commitment and heart with which Latin's students seek to serve others that the members of the Class of 2015 conducted 12,000 hours of community service during their high school years, even though service is not a graduation requirement.
In 1997, The Charlotte Latin Service Society was created to encourage Upper School students to participate in the Community Service Program and to recognize those students who have made significant contributions in the area of community service. To be inducted into the Service Society, a four-year student must perform 150 hours of service. Students who transfer into our school will have their hour requirements prorated. The level of student involvement in the Community Service Program since the Service Society's formation has been gratifying. For example, the members of the Class of 2015 performed more than 12,000 combined hours of documented service. Through service, students discover unknown talents and abilities, form new interests, and find challenging opportunities for leadership.
Charlotte Latin is the first private or independent school in the country with a senior class that funded and built a Habitat for Humanity House. The Latin community has funded and built four Habitat houses over the past 19 years and annually assists with local builds for Habitat. In 2016, Latin will send volunteers to work with Habitat El Salvador for the fifth time in eight years.
Examples of service performed by Charlotte Latin Upper School students:
Community Assistance Programs:
A Gathering Place, ANDA Assistance, Appalachian Service Project, Assistance League, Crisis Assistance, Carolinas Medical Center, Family Promise, Feed the People, Friendship Trays, Harvest Center, Hinton Rural Life Center, Hope for Hagar Adoption Agency, Jacob's Ladder, Junior Charity League, Kindermourn, Loaves and Fishes, Matthews Help Center, Meals on Wheels, Mecklenburg Social Services, Metrolina Foodbank, Operation Serve, Operation Suitcase, Project Backpack, Project Starfish, Rescue Mission, Room in the Inn, Presbyterian Hospital, Salvation Army Christmas Bureau, Santa's Bag, Second Harvest Food Bank, Seeing Eye Dogs, Teen Impact Fund, The Relatives, Uptown Men's Homeless Shelter, Urban Ministries Soup Kitchen, World Vision
American Heart Association, 24 Hours of Booty, CROP Walk, Cystic Fibrosis Society, First Tee, Hopebuilders, Juvenile Diabetes, Lukemia & Lymphoma Society, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, March of Dimes, Matthews Alive, Operation Christmas Child, Race for the Cure, Samaritans Feet, Serve for the Cure, Speedway Charities, United Cerebral Palsy
Darfur, Habitat International, Heifer International
International Mission Trips:
Africa, Argentina, Bahamas, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Germany, Guatemala, Haiti, Holland, Ireland, Jamaica, Mexico, Northern Ireland, Paraguay, Tanzania, Ukraine, Virgin Islands
United States Mission Trips:
Alaska, Colorado, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Montana, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, West Virginia
Adults/Children with Special Needs:
Alexander's Youth Network, Allegro, ALS Support, Alzheimer's Care, Athena's Path, Brian Center, Camp Boomerang, Camp Camelon, Camp Debbie Lou, Camp SOAR, Grays Gang, Hospice and Palliative Care, Joni's Camp, Lexi's Voice, Levine's Teens, Lose the Training Wheels, Make a WISH, Misty Meadows, Nevins Center, Project Linus, Rainbow Express, Special Olympics, Thompson Child Development Center
Bald Head Island Conservatory, Bluff Mountain Nature Preserve, Carolina Raptor Center, Catawba Land Conservancy, Children's Theatre, Classroom Central, Foundation for the Carolinas, Friendship Circle, Girls on the Run, Hands On Charlotte, Humane Society, Interfaith Hospitality Network, Kids Voting, Nature Conservancy, Operation Christmas Child, Project HALO, Raptor Center, Red Cross, Therapy Dogs, Teen Court, Wing Haven
Tutoring and Enrichment Programs:
A Child's Place, Amigos, Billingsville Elementary, Central Avenue Bilingual School, CHAMP, Charlotte Emergency Housing, Druid Hill Elementary, Endhaven Elementary, ESL Tutoring, Freedom School, McAlpine Elementary, Starfish, Yellow Brick Road Preschool