it all starts in kindergarten
The future looks bright at Charlotte Latin,
and we hope you will choose to be a part of
We designed this planner to help illuminate the
way as you navigate your journey, envision the
big picture and understand our motto: Inlustrate
Orbem, which means “Enlighten the World.”
To begin your child’s quest, there are two
simple steps. First, visit our campus, and let us
show you the opportunities that await. We give
one-on-one tours daily, and host expansive
Open Houses with rich programming and
smaller, intimate Look@Latin sessions with
specific topics designed for busy people. Next,
all you have to do is apply. We’ll do the rest.
Our process is backed by science,
observation and getting to know you. To
evaluate your child, we review data, predict
patterns and study readiness. Your visit and
conference complete your child’s profile.
Once we weave it all together with a keen
understanding of child development, your
child’s story begins at Charlotte Latin.
Consult the CAIS brochure on Latin’s
website, and line up an appointment
with one of our preferred providers.
A licensed clinician will administer
the WPPSI™, a normed cognitive
assessment, and send us the results.
All applicants must be enrolled in a
four-year-old preschool program to be
eligible for Charlotte Latin kindergarten.
In January, have your child’s current
preschool teacher submit a confidential
teacher recommendation. Our goal is
to learn more about your child and his
or her current preschool experience.
Once in application, you will be able to
schedule your child’s kindergarten visit.
During this day, our team will engage
a small group of students in fun, play-centered
activities that simulate a typical
preschool morning. We base all activities
on important milestone activities that
predict school success. In addition, we will
provide an informative morning for you.
You will meet with a kindergarten teacher,
hear from students, and have time to
engage current Charlotte Latin parents.
Your Child and You
After your child’s visit, we will have a
detailed conference centered on your
future kindergarten student. We will discuss
the patterns we see, shed light on your
child’s precise stage in early learning
and share our observations and beliefs
based on our experience. Your input is
invaluable, as the child-focused journey at
Latin begins with the parent partnership.
it all starts with
what to expect
We will welcome you. We will respect your time. And we want to be a resource for you.
While the kindergarten application process
often involves several trips to campus, we
respect your time and have created detailed
programs and tailored tours with this in mind.
You customize the experience based on your
needs and interests. In addition, we welcome
any questions or concerns throughout the
process and are here to help you every step
of the way. You will be assigned a counselor
for the process, and our entire staff is
committed to serving your needs.
We will know your child.
Being trained in child development, we
make our recommendations based on
your child’s individual readiness. Our
only birthday requirement for K or TK is
that your child be kindergarten-eligible
in North Carolina. Our extensive review
and commitment to brain research and
developmental milestones enable us to
place children in the appropriate grade for
success at Charlotte Latin School.
Your application is confidential.
Every applicant receives equal attention
and “what we do for one, we do for all.”
Backed by our community’s belief, we
practice civility, respect and Honor Above
All throughout the admissions process.
We do not share details about a visit, a
tour or an application with our community
members. As we know parents want to hear
from current Latin parents, we do populate
all of our events with parent volunteers
who are ready to answer questions and
share experiences. We provide names
and numbers of current Latin parents for
you to contact if you have any questions
throughout the process or after acceptance
letters are e-mailed. We want you to have
time and space to make the decision that is
right for your child and your family.
We are an inclusive K-12 community.
Our students, faculty/staff and parents love
our school, and they will all go out of their
way to answer your questions and value
your child. As you explore school options,
know the reception you receive during the
Admissions process will be consistent once
enrolled, and know that we will provide
opportunities for you to follow your child’s
progress throughout the school years. It is
an exciting journey, and we look forward to
joining you along the way.
what we offer
outside of the
The 5-minute Commute
With multiple stops and multiple bus runs
a day, our bus routes provide an incredible
convenience to many different areas around
town. For parents, this cuts the commute to
minutes. For students, this is the start of their
school day with a beloved Latin driver and
Extended Day and Enrichment
With a variety of flexible options, our
extended day and enrichment programs
echo our philosophies of appropriate child
development. We design all activities with
time to play, reflect, rest, enrich and restore
from the busy academic day.
Wonderful, Freshly Prepared
Breakfast, Lunch and Snack
We believe in all types of nourishment at
Charlotte Latin. Our freshly prepared meals
keep us going!
how to know
if Latin is right
for your family
Traditional in design, innovative in
implementation is the Latin way. From
our Founders’ vision in 1970 to create an
inclusive school where academic excellence
is encouraged, leadership is cultivated,
liberal arts are valued and phonics-based
reading is essential, Latin has educated
thousands of students in the importance of
learning, citizenship, service to others, hard
work and Honor Above All.
Charlotte Latin offers a safe place for
children to express themselves and learn.
Each student at Latin is known as an
individual and as a vital member of our
Relationships are key. Our faculty and staff
teach, coach, encourage, support and care
for our students.
We don’t rush development.
Latin partners with parents to provide a
developmentally appropriate education for
We value our faculty.
Academic excellence and highly skilled
teachers are the foundation of our school.
We value diversity and inclusion.
Admitting students of all races, Charlotte
Latin was integrated the day it opened
its doors in 1970 and was the first K-12
independent school in Charlotte to do
so. Latin’s commitment to a diverse and
inclusive community has never wavered.
We embrace and celebrate differences.
We remain true to our Core Values.
We intentionally incorporate leadership,
commitment to excellence, responsibility,
respect and Honor Above All into our
We value the details.
Charlotte Latin is an accredited,
independent, coeducational, non-sectarian,
college-preparatory day school serving
1,400 students in transitional kindergarten
through the twelfth grade. Latin does not
discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color,
sexual orientation, religion, disability, age
or national origin in the administration of its
educational programs, admissions policies,
financial aid policies, employment practices
or other school-administered programs.
1. Go further than teacher/student ratios.
Assess faculty and staff resources. Are
teachers valued, mentored and given
ample support to meet the needs of each
student? Are class sizes protected, or do
schools overbook classes in grades with
2. Visit during the school day. Notice
the interactions, the noise level, the
movement on campus and, more
importantly, whether students and
teachers are engaged in the lesson and
with each other.
3. Ask about safety and security. Make sure
your school has not only a practiced
protocol but also a strategic plan to keep
up with the ever-changing world. Also,
make sure it is a safe place for students
to take risks and experience growth-promoting
4. Look for both planned physical activity
and unstructured play.
5. If choosing an independent school,
ask about the school’s sustainability
and enrollment rate. Does the school
meet budget year after year? Are target
numbers met? Does the school align with
National Association of Independent
School (NAIS) guidelines and best
practices and regularly participate in the
6. Ask about technology use and digital
citizenship. Are students trained to
understand the “power” in their hands?
Is there an Acceptable Use Policy in
place along with ongoing training and
7. Do teachers embrace multiple teaching
strategies in the classroom?