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Old 11-30-2007, 03:53 PM
 
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Hi there,
I have been offered a position in Mooresville and am looking for a school for my daughter who will be 5 next November,We awould be relocating from Europe.Could anyone point me in the direction of good private schools and what would the commute be like from Mooresville to them as most of the posts i have read the good schools seem south of Charlotte?
Any help gratefully recieved
Worried Dad.....
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Old 11-30-2007, 04:31 PM
 
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Hi there,
I have been offered a position in Mooresville and am looking for a school for my daughter who will be 5 next November,We awould be relocating from Europe.Could anyone point me in the direction of good private schools and what would the commute be like from Mooresville to them as most of the posts i have read the good schools seem south of Charlotte?
Any help gratefully recieved
Worried Dad.....
Most of the private schools in the Charlotte area ARE located in the south end of the city. The ones up in the north end tend to be christian schools associated with particular churches. However, there are a few Montessori schools up on the north end which you might want to check out if the christian schools aren't your cup of tea. One of my sons attended Montessori school from ages 3 to 5 and it has benefited him his whole life. I have heard good things about Countryside Montessori on Prosperity Church Rd. which is right near the Charlotte city limits. This may not be an option for you if you are actually working in Mooresville, but I mention it in case your wife may be going into Charlotte.

One more option I can think of is the Davidson Day School. I don't know a thing about it but it would be easier to get to than anything in Charlotte itself so you may want to check it out. Try not to worry too much - there are some good public schools in the Mooresville area that you might want to consider.
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Old 11-30-2007, 08:26 PM
 
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I have to agree with LOVES that most of the independent schools are located in south Charlotte. She has, however, mentioned several good schools that have passed the test of time.

She mentions Countryside Montessori School and I would second her remarks about that school. Several very discriminating friends of mine have sent their children to Countryside and have been very pleased. It has a very good ethnic and racial mix. Like her son, my son attended a Montessori school from ages 3-5 and has also benefited greatly from this experience.

Another school I would investigate is the Cannon School, formerly called Cabarrus Academy and located in Concord. It has a good reputation.

Finally LOVES mentioned Davidson Day School and although I don't know toomuchabout it, I tend to have confidence in any school started by people connected with Davidson College.
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Old 11-30-2007, 10:38 PM
 
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One more thing about Davidson Day School: it has a Montessori program for children three years and older. As a Montessori fan, that would influence my choice.
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Old 12-01-2007, 06:30 AM
 
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Thanks thats good information and i will have a look at the schools you suggest.
If we were able to get my daughter in at one of the south side schools would the commute be bad for my wife?
We really want the best fit school for our child [as every parent does!] and would be prepared to travel but not more than really 45 mins or so
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Old 12-01-2007, 07:47 AM
 
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I worked at UNCC for the years when my kids were at Charlotte Country Day and we managed. My husband did the morning run, I think it was around 19 miles from CCDS to UNCC. He made it in time for his morning classes - around 9:00 am if my memory serves me correctly. I think that they left our house around 7:30 am - we had a carpool - and he was able to get to work on time. So it was more than 45 minutes. In the afternoon, I taught until 2:50 pm, dashed out of the university and made the 19 miles by around 3:30 - 3:45. The kids were in a short after school program for parents who worked. This has all changed, I'm sure, in the direction of making it all more parent-friendly for families where both parents work outside the home. One of my colleagues at UNCC did the same thing as I did for years.

There is, BTW, a new Friends School on Wallace Road which is further north than the other independent schools.

I don't know where you'll be living, but what I say would work if you lived some where south and east of Mooresville where you were not dependent on using I-77. (This is not a good commute.) The more I think about this the more I realize that it all depends upon where you live. Do you have any ideas about that?

I don't know if this helps. Everything I've said is so contingent upon where you live and which school you were to choose. Charlotte Country Day, Providence Day, Charlotte Preparatory and Charlotte Christian would all be in the same ballpark as far as the distance and traffic for a commute. Why don't you call these schools and see if one of them knows of other families who live north of Charlotte and with whom you could carpool.

I'm rambling. Enough. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions.

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Old 12-01-2007, 12:23 PM
 
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I have to agree with LOVES that most of the independent schools are located in south Charlotte. She has, however, mentioned several good schools that have passed the test of time.

She mentions Countryside Montessori School and I would second her remarks about that school. Several very discriminating friends of mine have sent their children to Countryside and have been very pleased. It has a very good ethnic and racial mix. Like her son, my son attended a Montessori school from ages 3-5 and has also benefited greatly from this experience.

Another school I would investigate is the Cannon School, formerly called Cabarrus Academy and located in Concord. It has a good reputation.

Finally LOVES mentioned Davidson Day School and although I don't know toomuchabout it, I tend to have confidence in any school started by people connected with Davidson College.
Wow, we have a lot in common!

I also agree with your impression of Davidson Day School - anything associated with the college would most likely be a very good bet
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Old 12-01-2007, 12:28 PM
 
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Thanks thats good information and i will have a look at the schools you suggest.
If we were able to get my daughter in at one of the south side schools would the commute be bad for my wife?
We really want the best fit school for our child [as every parent does!] and would be prepared to travel but not more than really 45 mins or so
In all honesty, I don't think you want to live north of Charlotte and put your child in a school in south Charlotte, especially such a young child. The commute would be brutal, stressful and tiring, not to mention with the price of gas, VERY expensive. If you really wanted one of the better private schools in Charlotte, I'd recommend living in south Charlotte and having YOU commute up to Mooresville. After all, for half of the trip you would be going against morning rush hour traffic (the interstate part of the trip). In general it is a lot better to live near your child's school so that she may easily have play dates and return to school for afterschool functions. If you live way up in Mooresville and she goes to school down south she would most likely be pretty isolated from her school friends.
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Old 12-01-2007, 06:44 PM
 
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In all honesty, I don't think you want to live north of Charlotte and put your child in a school in south Charlotte, especially such a young child. The commute would be brutal, stressful and tiring, not to mention with the price of gas, VERY expensive. If you really wanted one of the better private schools in Charlotte, I'd recommend living in south Charlotte and having YOU commute up to Mooresville. After all, for half of the trip you would be going against morning rush hour traffic (the interstate part of the trip). In general it is a lot better to live near your child's school so that she may easily have play dates and return to school for afterschool functions. If you live way up in Mooresville and she goes to school down south she would most likely be pretty isolated from her school friends.
I have to agree with you, LOVES. I was just trying to give the best spin to his desire to look at the possibilities of having his child in a south Charlotte school.

In truth what I would do, would be to put my child in a school near my job for at least one year and then look around at the situation during that year. At five years a less than perfect school is not going to harm a child, And a "less than perfect school" is not the case anyway. There are some good choices north of Charlotte. Most of us from south or center Charlotte are just not familiar with them.
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Old 12-02-2007, 03:22 PM
 
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Thanks for all the help.
I was actually thinking of the Huntersville area to live as a starter but this is only from one very short visit.
We will be comeing out in January and i will have alook around the school areas and do a commute in the morning to see what is doable.
My daughter has had a few moves to date and i would really like to settle as soon as possible.
I am quite prepared to do the commute but would prefer less than one hour each way if it meant she could attend a good school.
Once again thanks for all the help.
What are the nice areas south we would be looking in the $600 type range?
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