Q & A

Q. Who does Charlotte Latin School serve?

Charlotte Latin School serves students in transitional kindergarten through twelfth grade. More than 1,400 students are enrolled for the 2014-15 school year. Latin is an independent, coeducational, non-sectarian, college-preparatory day school.

Q. What is Latin’s mission?

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.

Q. When was the school founded and by whom?

Charlotte Latin was founded in 1970 by a group of Charlotte parents who wanted a classical educational experience for their children, where the emphasis was on the development of a strong academic foundation, moral values, and a lifelong love of learning. The School has been built by successive generations of the founding families and families who are or were new to Charlotte.

Q. What is a “Latin” school?

The first schools in America were the 17th Century “Latin” schools in New England. These schools focused on core academic mastery including classical languages, critical thinking, and a strong student-teacher relationship. Charlotte Latin models its academic program on some of the best practices of the early Latin schools.

Q. What is an independent school?

An independent school is a type of private school in that it is not supported financially by tax dollars or accountable to a local, state, or federal governmental agency. (Although Charlotte Latin is accredited by the state of North Carolina.) A school is considered to be independent if it is governed by an independent board and determines and implements its own mission and programs. Independent schools are required to abide by any applicable laws or statutes. Charlotte Latin maintains membership in the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools (NCAIS).

Q. How is Charlotte Latin governed?

Charlotte Latin is led by a Board of Trustees, which in turn hires the Headmaster, who is accountable to the Board. The Trustees are often parents and/or alumni parents who are nominated by the Board. All employees of the School are hired and accountable to the Headmaster, who is supported by an Administrative Team composed of the Heads of the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools, the Curriculum Coordinator, and the Directors of the Admissions, Athletics, Development, Diversity, Marketing and Communications, and Technology Offices. Charlotte Latin adheres to the Principles of Governance of the National Association of Independent Schools.

For more information on Charlotte Latin’s leadership, visit www.charlottelatin.org/welcome.

Q. How is Latin accredited?

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.

For more information on Charlotte Latin’s memberships, visit www.charlottelatin.org/welcome.

Q. How is Charlotte Latin School organized?

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 ninth through twelfth grades.

Q. What is Charlotte Latin’s Honor Code?

Honor is an uncompromised standard at Charlotte Latin, and the Honor Code is supported by an Honor System comprised of students and adults. Students adhere to the following Honor Pledge as a condition of enrollment: “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.”

Q. What are Latin’s core values?

“Honor Above All” Charlotte Latin embraces the development of personal honor as a lifelong pursuit in the building of character. What is right and honorable is valued above all else. 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 continually improve. 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 Charlotte Latin holds that mutual respect is the foundation of our School community, and that our respect for others leads us to serve them and to embrace diverse peoples and cultures.

Personal Responsibility Charlotte Latin requires each person to be 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.”

Q. What is Charlotte Latin’s diversity mission statement?

Charlotte Latin School will create an effective learning environment that accepts all people. As a community of learners, the School believes that a deep understanding of differences is necessary to its overall mission. For more information on Charlotte Latin’s diversity initiatives, visit www.charlottelatin.org/latin360.

Q. What is meant by the phrase, “Charlotte Latin…where teaching is valued and learning is celebrated?”

Charlotte Latin’s constituents consistently cite the strong and enduring relationships between students and their teachers as a hallmark of the Latin educational experience. Charlotte Latin strives to create a community of learners where educators can focus on teaching and students are supported as they master their academic studies and explore their interests in a nurturing environment.

Q. Why is the student-teacher relationship so important at Latin?

Each student is known and appreciated as an individual at Latin, based largely on the strong relationships that students share with their teachers. This relationship is supported by active advisory and counseling programs to guide students in their intellectual, moral, and physical development.

Q. What are the key characteristics of Charlotte Latin’s college-preparatory curriculum?

Latin’s curriculum is traditional in design yet innovative in implementation. 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. Honors and Advanced Placement courses are taught in the Upper School, and Middle School students who excel in a subject area may be placed in higher level courses to engage their intellects. Development of the sequential, TK-12 curriculum is ongoing and facilitated by Latin’s Curriculum Coordinator.

For more information about Charlotte Latin’s academic program and curriculum, visit www.charlottelatin.org/academics. For more information about Latin’s fine arts program, visit www.charlottelatin.org/arts. For more information about Latin’s athletics program, visit www.charlottelatin.org/athletics.

Q. As a college preparatory school, how does Latin support students’ journey to college?

In addition to Charlotte Latin teaching a college-preparatory, TK-12 curriculum, the School’s College Center works with each student and his or her parents to research, identify, and apply to the best college choices based upon one’s personal strengths, goals, and interests. Each student is assigned at the beginning of the freshman year to one of three, full-time college counselors. The counselors have experience as college admission officers and devote considerable time to forging relationships with colleges and universities across the nation. The College Counseling Office staff also conducts seminars and workshops for students and parents at key intervals to help them make informed decisions about curriculum choices and other pertinent decisions in the journey toward college.

For more information about Charlotte Latin’s College Center, visit www.charlottelatin.org/academics.

Q. How does Latin strive to prepare students for life beyond college?

Our School community hopes that our graduates are prepared to lead fulfilling lives and to make a positive contribution to their communities and the world. Charlotte Latin’s mission stresses the importance of service to others, therefore the School sponsors age-appropriate, community service activities at each grade level. Students are encouraged to learn about the root causes of needs, whether they are in Charlotte or across the globe. Although community service is not a requirement of graduation, Latin’s students annually contribute thousands of hours of volunteer time.

Latin also is committed to preparing students to develop global awareness and cultural literacy via our Sister Schools and Study Abroad Program. Latin maintains sister school relationships with schools in Argentina, China, France, Germany, South Africa, and Spain. Latin’s students visit those schools during the summer breaks, living with host families, and students from abroad attend Latin and live with host families in Charlotte. The friendships that are developed and the appreciation for other people and their cultures endures for lifetimes.

For more information about the CLS Service Program and the Sister Schools – Study Abroad Program, visit www.charlottelatin.org/latin360.

Q. How does one apply to Charlotte Latin School?

Application to Charlotte Latin School may be submitted online or via paper applications. Open houses are held annually in October and November, and campus tours may be arranged by contacting the Admissions Office. After the admissions season ends in early April, applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

For more information, deadlines, and contacts, visit www.charlottelatin.org/admissions or call the CLS Admissions Office at 704.846.7207.

Q. What are the financial considerations to attend Latin?

A Charlotte Latin education is funded without benefit of tax dollars and is dependent upon tuitions and gifts to the School. Tuition is set annually by the CLS Board of Trustees. Depending upon one’s personal financial situation, gifts to Latin may be tax-deductible. Gifts may be directed toward capital improvements and/or the CLS Endowment, which helps fund financial aid for students and professional development opportunities for faculty and staff members. The School also offers numerous scholarships and need-based financial assistance to qualified applicants.

For more information on tuition, fees, and financial assistance, visit www.charlottelatin.org/admissions.

For more information on gifts to Latin, visit www.charlottelatin.org/giving

Q. What services are available to the School community?

Charlotte Latin provides fee-based food service on regular school days, bus transportation via specified routes, extended day service, and a variety of other academic and lifestyle services for Latin students and their families. The CLS Summer Programs also offers enrichment and sports campus for younger students, and the camps are open to the community.

For more information about Charlotte Latin’s services, visit www.charlottelatin.org/campus life.

Q. What can I read online to learn more about Charlotte Latin?

For a quick overview of life at Latin, check out Fast Facts and read the most recent issue of Charlotte Latin magazine.

Q. How do I learn about employment opportunities at Charlotte Latin?

Q. What is Charlotte Latin’s non-discrimination statement?

Charlotte Latin School does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, disability, age, or national origin in the administration of its educational programs, admissions policies, financial aid policies, employment practices, or other school-administered programs.

Q. What is the School’s contact information?

The physical and mailing address is:

Charlotte Latin School
9502 Providence Road
Charlotte, NC 28277-8695

Main telephone number: 704.846.1100
Main fax number: 704.846.1712

General requests for information may be e-mailed to: inquiries@charlottelatin.org

Admissions-specific requests for information may be e-mailed to: admissions@charlottelatin.org

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