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Old 11-27-2007, 03:13 PM
 
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Give me your pros/cons to the top private schools in the area. I have my thoughts but just curious on everyone's current opinions.

Also if a child did not do transitional kindergarten or kindergarten at one of the private schools do you think it is extremely hard to get them in at the frist grade level?
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Old 11-27-2007, 03:45 PM
 
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Ok. Bear in mind that this is just my opinion/impressions:

Charlotte Country Day - the status school. It's the most expensive, and although its academics are fine, I definitely think it fits the stereotype of snobbery the best of all the top private schools.

Charlotte Latin - best all-around. Excellent academics, sports, and arts programs. Although the headmaster is too swayed by the parents with money, there are a lot of parents there who just really care about education.

Providence Day - best for working parents. Their after-school program is top-notch and it's also an excellent school.
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Old 11-27-2007, 04:09 PM
 
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Weedydidi, I wonder if you had a bad personal experience with Country Day - you rarely give it credit for being the excellent school that it is. My children both attended CCDS and they and their friends were/are by no means snobs. In fact, when they were of school age, many folks thought that Latin was the stereotypical snob school being more exclusive than CCDS. At CCDS both volunteerism and multiculturism are fostered; the academics, arts and sports are excellent. CCDS is perhaps thought to be the "status" school because it existed long before there was a white flight issue and the main question was academics and perhaps a desire to be exclusive among the old established families. I think that this is all in the past and it is no more exclusive than the other independent schools. At one time it was the only game in town and, therefore, admission was difficult, but with the proliferation of independent schools I'm not sure if this is true any longer,

What I say about CCDS is only my opinion also, but I have lived here for over thirty years and do have some understanding of this issue,
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Old 11-27-2007, 04:36 PM
 
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Weedydidi, I wonder if you had a bad personal experience with Country Day - you rarely give it credit for being the excellent school that it is.
I'll just say that they liked themselves a LOT at the admissions Open House. We chose not to apply due to our experience.

eta: That's not to say that one doesn't get a great education at CCDS. I have no personal experience as an actual family.
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Old 11-27-2007, 05:21 PM
 
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Default Thank you

I realize this may stir up some feelings but please everyone I just want people's opinions and am curious how some of the schools are perceived. Thanks a bunch!
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Old 11-27-2007, 05:55 PM
 
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Do you have a faith, or are you simply seeking alternatives to the public schools?
And feel free not to answer if you do not feel comfortable.

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Old 11-27-2007, 07:04 PM
 
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I am Catholic and my husband is Presbyterian but our children will be raised Catholic. I am looking for an alternative to public schools. I am just starting to feel around now. We don't have children yet but I like to do lots of research before I make a decision about anything I heard that some have a waiting list and we are strongly thinking about adoption so we would have a school aged child with in the next 5 yrs.

I am not opposed to the prospect of public schools I just think that for us we would lean more towards private schools.
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Old 11-27-2007, 07:11 PM
 
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I am Catholic and my husband is Presbyterian but our children will be raised Catholic. I am looking for an alternative to public schools. I am just starting to feel around now. We don't have children yet but I like to do lots of research before I make a decision about anything I heard that some have a waiting list and we are strongly thinking about adoption so we would have a school aged child with in the next 5 yrs.

I am not opposed to the prospect of public schools I just think that for us we would lean more towards private schools.
Charlotte has excellent Catholic schools, but I am not informed on their enrollment process.
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Old 11-27-2007, 07:41 PM
 
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I'll just say that they liked themselves a LOT at the admissions Open House. We chose not to apply due to our experience.

eta: That's not to say that one doesn't get a great education at CCDS. I have no personal experience as an actual family.
Well, I did have personal experience with Charlotte Country Day and I totally agree with everything Barb said above. The perception of them being a "snob" school is not deserved at all. Among some of their finer qualities, they are very civic minded and extremely open to minorities and other cultures.
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Old 11-27-2007, 07:43 PM
 
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MJ, don't forgot to investigate our other fantastic private school - Charlotte Christian
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