Charlotte Preparatory School is a college preparatory, coeducational day school.
The school was founded in 1971 as Charlotte Montessori School, and it later moved to its current southeast Charlotte location in 1992.
With the addition of the Middle School, the name of the school was changed to Charlotte Preparatory School in 1998 to reflect our philosophy.
Charlotte Preparatory School fosters lifelong learning and provides an exemplary educational experience founded on academic excellence, positive character, and leadership development in a diverse, inclusive community.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked NC School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Students: 422 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $19,100
  • Average class size: 16 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15 / rolling

Top Rankings

Charlotte Preparatory School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in North Carolina for:

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-8
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Year Founded
1971
Summer School Offered
Yes
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
422 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
22%
State avg.: 21%
Students by Grade
Charlotte Preparatory School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
32 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
13:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
80%
Average Class Size
16 students
List of Courses Offered
Classroom Dress Code
Casual
(Collared shirts)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 15 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Tuition varies by grade level
% on Financial Aid
15%
Admissions Director
Vicky Wilkison
Admissions Associate
Seher Khanna

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
10 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Community Service, Math Counts, Science Olympiad, Spanish, Student Council

Club or Organization:
Duke TIP, Photography

Arts and Music Programs:
Chorus, Drama

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Various after school studios

School Notes

  • Charlotte Prep sits on more than 13 acres and features three divisions: the Early School (ages 2 through 5), the Lower School (Kindergarten through 4th Grade) and the Middle School (5th through 8th Grade). With small classes and an optimum student-teacher ratio, Charlotte Prep provides an enriched curriculum presented in a supportive environment to ensure each student's individual success. The Middle school, which graduated its first 8th Grade class in 2002, graduates students who are highly recruited by area high schools and boarding schools.
  • Charlotte Prep provides an encouraging, caring environment that nurtures the whole child. Our emphasis on academics creates students who are passionate learners. The school's unique personal growth programs create young leaders.
  • More than 30 percent of the student body is comprised of diverse students, which is evident in each Charlotte Prep classroom. Faculty and students from all over the world are teaching and learning at Charlotte Prep. The school is motivated by a belief that in a global society, diverse classrooms are important to an elite education.
Profile last updated: 05/25/2021

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (5 reviews)
5  
Great school , so glad my family discovered it on our search . Intimate, diverse setting with the focus truly on the children . My children have been to many schools and this one is by far their favorite . Teachers are very hands on and always available .
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5  
My 2 sons spent a decade here before moving up to HS, and my younger son was a Charlotte Prep 'lifer' (attended from TK Montessori through 8th Grade graduation). There is no school in Charlotte that can match CPS for its student body diversity, and the K-8 students' academic successes, their amazing fine arts experiences, and the incredibly personal teacher-student relationships are equally unrivaled. Charlotte Prep is the 'gem' of Charlotte's private schools, just waiting to be discovered by discerning parents who want the best private educational experience for their kids, not the most 'popular' one.
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5  
We have been at the school for 9 years and were going to go to a bigger K-12 private school. After doing a lot of tours, including one at Prep, we decided to stay at Prep. We are so happy with our decision. The kids in middle school here are the stars of the school. They are not influenced by high schoolers, but they get all the attention and they get to be the leaders. So the kids we met were all very mature & independent. Early and lower school have prepared our daughter to shine in middle school and she is thriving. Kids at Prep are encouraged at all levels to grow and challenge themselves in a nurturing environment. The student-teacher ratio is 8:1 and the school is 40% diverse. (2019/2020 numbers) We are very happy we stayed at Prep. We absolutely love our school and small community.
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5  
We have been at Prep for several years. The school is supportive, rigorous, and welcoming. Here, your child is known by name and challenged to be the best every day. Meet the older kids and see what Prep can do.
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5  
My family has been at Charlotte Prep for over four years now and we could not be happier. It is a great community with wonderful teachers. My kids are excelling and I see areas of need addressed immediately resulting in a visible improvement.
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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked NC School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Students: 422 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $19,100
  • Average class size: 16 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15 / rolling

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The average private school tuition in Charlotte, NC is $15,213 for elementary schools and $15,059 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Charlotte, NC is 78% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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