Like every educator, I have a philosophy of education – guiding principles that ground me in my profession. Although not difficult to state these ideals in a general sense, it’s often more illuminating to describe a school where teachers and students give life to these principles every day. Charlotte Preparatory School is such a school.
Living Our Mission
To be successful, a school must have a clear and compelling mission, then every aspect of the school must operate in support of that mission. At Charlotte Prep, our mission is to foster life-long learning and provide an exemplary educational experience founded on academic excellence, positive character, and leadership development in a diverse, inclusive community. We seek to bring that mission to life each day by providing an outstanding education for our students in a warm, nurturing environment that fosters intellectual, expressive, physical, and ethical growth. We value character and integrity as the essential building blocks of a truly meaningful life; we recognize the richness of a diverse student body; and we work to prepare each student to confidently and successfully face the challenges of our time. We develop students who are able to lead themselves, and are prepared to lead others.
Creating an Outstanding Instructional Program
Charlotte Prep is a community of learners, where our students, teachers, and leadership are committed to both their own growth and that of others. We are student-centered; every program, policy, and our Pre-K - 8th Grade model are designed and tested to achieve our ultimate goal of providing an excellent, comprehensive education for the students entrusted to us.
Our school is balanced in its approach, seeking the classic ideal of “a sound mind and a sound spirit in a sound body.” Of course quality academics are our first priority, but excellence is also developed through the arts and physical education. Our program is carefully designed to stretch our students, but not overwhelm them. The Charlotte Prep curriculum is accelerated at all grades and in all areas, but our students are well prepared and well supported in their work; they thrive because of this combination.
Creating a Positive School Culture
A school is a community, and our Charlotte Prep community is founded on one very simple, yet powerful principle: Each student is known, and every student matters.
The environment at Charlotte Prep is loving, warm, caring, and fun. We laugh and play with our students, joyously celebrating their talents and accomplishments, because it’s cool to be smart at Charlotte Prep! At the same time, our culture both values and expects honor and integrity. All members of our community are held to the highest ideals of acceptance, courtesy, and respect for others, for when we look for the best in others, we find it in ourselves.
As someone whose essence is so deeply defined by education, I could (and have!) written many pages on this subject. But when all is said and done, Charlotte Prep’s guiding philosophy in every decision and program can be summarized by this question, “What’s best for the kids we love?”
If our school's guiding principles match yours – and our highest aspirations for your child meet yours – then I encourage you to learn more about Charlotte Prep. Spend a few minutes on our website and I think you’ll like what you read! Better yet, come by our campus and see us in action – we are confident you will see how Charlotte Prep prepares students for futures bright with possibility.
Head of School