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Old 05-29-2013, 02:44 PM
 
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My wife and I are moving to Waxhaw next year and are looking at Charlotte Latin and Providence Day (possibly Charlotte Country Day as well) . We have a little boy who will be starting kindergarten in 2014. I have seen many older posts asking about these schools. I would love to hear some specifics from people why they chose one over the other, especially people who were debating between the these schools in the past few years. Are you happy with your decision? Is there any reason for me to drive 7 miles past Charlotte Latin everyday to one of the other schools? Any input is appreciated but I'm paticularly looking for people who have children currently enrolled in one of these schools. Thanks, John
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Old 05-29-2013, 03:04 PM
 
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They are three very different schools in denominations and methods of teaching. All three are excellent but it's a matter of taste and your lifestyle. Also that's quite a drive twice a day. Depending on the time, Providence can get backed up being it's the main road in and out of Waxhaw going to the schools you mentioned.
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Old 05-29-2013, 03:09 PM
 
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Thanks, momtothree. That's why I'm wondering if someone could give me a specific reason they feel it would be worth the extra commute time. Could you elaborate on the differences between the school's teaching methods? Also I thought these schools were non-denominational. Is that incorrect?
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Old 05-29-2013, 03:39 PM
 
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My mistake, I always confuse Charlotte Latin with Charlotte Catholic. I only know of Country Day, and the two moms I know each with kids there love it. They are warm and great moms and very involved there. Others with more experience might chime in. Have you seen this list as well? A Guide to Private Schools - Charlotte Magazine - January 2012 - Charlotte, NC
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Old 05-29-2013, 03:57 PM
 
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There is no religious affiliation at Latin. Or most of the people I know wouldn't send their kids there. This board really isn't the place to compare them. You have to go see for yourself.
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Old 05-29-2013, 04:19 PM
 
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Definitely tour all 3 campuses. And definitely apply to all 3 if you're set on private education. All get way more applications than spots available so you can't count on admittance to any of them.
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Old 05-29-2013, 07:20 PM
 
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Try Charlottemommies.com. They have a number of members on there who have strong opinions on the subject!
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Old 05-30-2013, 05:02 AM
 
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Yes, they have completely different feels. It is best to take a tour when you get here and choose based on your feel and what your gut "says"
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Old 05-30-2013, 06:16 AM
 
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Thanks for all the responses. My wife and I already have toured the campuses one time but neither of us felt like one jumped out as the frontrunner. Maybe that means they are all equally good. We will visit for a second time in the Fall and my son will be able to spend a day ( or part of a day) at each so maybe we will get a better feeling then. I know they are all great schools, but Charlotte Latin is going to be significantly closer (we own a home in Skyecroft). I was just trying to find out if anyone felt strongly enough about the others to make it worth while to drive past Charlotte Latin on a daily basis. Initially it wouldn't be a big deal, but I know as my son gets older, sports and evening games at the school often mean coming and going to the school more than once a day. Thanks again, and if anyone has any specific reasons they would choose PD or CCD over CL, I'd appreciate the feedback.
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Old 05-30-2013, 06:34 AM
 
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I've always had the impression just from people I know there, that PDS is slightly more liberal, maybe due to the fact that there is a higher jewish population (proximity to Shalom Park). Also PDS is more likely to have transplants to Charlotte while CCDS has more old Charlotte families. CCDS is the only one with an IB program, so they are attempting to be international for sure. I've heard only good things about both these schools.
I know virtually nothing about CLS - one mother thought the Kindergarten and 1rst grade was not academic enough but I have not spoken to her since. That's just one person though so I would take it with a grain of salt. However if I thought my child was academically gifted, I would definitely ask how they address this in the early grades.
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