14 biggest private schools in Charlotte, ranked by the cost of tuition

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Note: This story was originally published on August 22, 2017 and last updated August 28, 2018.  Tuition levels are accurate for the school year that began fall 2018.

Charlotte has a huge private school community, larger than anywhere else in the state.

By the numbers:

  • About 18,600 students in Mecklenburg County go to one of 96 private schools here, according to state data.
  • That compares with roughly 147,000 students in the public school district, but the Charlotte area’s private schools have a significantly higher market share than other urban counties like Wake and Guilford.
  • The number has stayed pretty steady since 2007, but is up about 9 percent overall in the past decade.

Here are the largest and most popular private schools in Mecklenburg County — plus two larger ones regionally. This list only includes schools with at least 500 students. Enrollment numbers come from the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.

This page is constantly updated, so all information is fresh. Have an update? Let us know or email us hi@charlotteagenda.com.

In order from most expensive to least expensive, based on kindergarten tuition (or the lowest grade, if a middle or high school):

1) Providence Day School

providence day school

Photo by Providence Day School via Facebook

Address: 5800 Sardis Road
Grades: Transitional kindergarten – 12
Number of students: 1,600
Number of staff: 283
Tuition: $19,600 (K) to $25,410 (Grades 6-12). Transitional kindergarten costs $17,900.
Application process

2) Charlotte Latin School

charlotte latin

Photo by Charlotte Latin via Facebook

Address: 9502 Providence Road
Grades: Transitional kindergarten – 12
Number of students: 1,400
Number of staff: 292 (198 teachers, 94 non-teaching employees)
Tuition: $18,300 (Transitional K and Kindergarten) to $24,450 (Grades 9-12)
Application process

3) Charlotte Country Day School


Photo by Charlotte Country Day via Facebook

Address: 1440 Carmel Road
Grades: PreK-12
Number of students: 1,660
Number of staff: 325
Tuition: $18,110 (K) to $24,030 (Grades 9-12)
Admissions process

4) Davidson Day School

Photo by Davidson Day via Facebook

Address: 750 Jetton Street, Davidson
Grades: PreK-12
Number of students: 550
Tuition: $17,850 (K-4); $18,700 (5-8); $19,120 (9-12)
Application process

5) Charlotte Christian School


Photo by Charlotte Christian via Facebook

Address: 7301 Sardis Road
Grades: PreK – 12
Number of students: 1,015
Number of staff: 97
Tuition: $14,750 (K) to $20,505 (Grades 9-12)
Admissions process

6) Charlotte Catholic High School


Photo by Charlotte Catholic via Facebook

Address: 7702 Pineville-Matthews Road
Grades: 9-12
Number of students: 1,330
Number of staff: 107
Tuition: $11,038 for Catholics to $15,776 for non-Catholics
Admissions process

7) SouthLake Christian Academy


Photo by Southlake Christian via Facebook

Address: 13820 Hagers Ferry Road, Huntersville
Grades: K-12
Number of students: 749
Number of staff: 68
Tuition: $10,795 (K-5) to $12,525 (Grades 9-12)
Admissions process

8) Covenant Day School


Photo by Covenant Day via Facebook

Address: 800 Fullwood Lane, Matthews
Grades: Transitional kindergarten – 12
Number of students: 813
Number of staff: 73
Tuition: $9,700 (K) to $16,000 (Grades 9-12)
Admissions process

9) Carmel Christian School


Photo by Carmel Christian via Facebook

Address: 1145 Pineville-Matthews Road
Grades: K-12
Number of students: 782
Number of staff: 111
Tuition: $9,020 (kindergarten) to $12,645 (grades 9-12) per year.
Admissions process

10) Holy Trinity Catholic Middle School


Photo by Holy Trinity via Facebook

Address: 3100 Park Road
Grades: 6-8
Number of students: 892
Number of staff: 66
Tuition: $7,563 (for Catholics) to $11,805 (non-Catholics)
Admissions process

11) Saint Mark Catholic School


Photo by St. Mark via Facebook

Address: 14750 Stumptown Rd, Huntersville
Grades: K-8
Number of students: 743
Number of staff: 70
Tuition: $6,825 (kindergarten) to $7,563 (6-8) for Catholics; $11,034 (kindergarten) to $11,805 (6-8) for non-Catholics
Admissions process

12) Saint Matthew Catholic School


Photo by St. Matthew via Facebook

Address: 11525 Elm Lane
Grades: Transitional kindergarten – 5
Number of students: 595
Number of staff: 71
Tuition: $6,825 for Catholics, $11,034 for non-Catholics
Admissions process

13) Saint Gabriel Catholic School

Photo by Saint Gabriel via Facebook

Address: 3028 Providence Road
Grades: PreK-5
Number of students: 577
Number of staff: 40
Tuition: $6,825 for Catholics, $11,034 for non-Catholics
Admissions process

14) Hickory Grove Baptist Christian School


Photo by Hickory Grove via Facebook

Address: 6050 Hickory Grove Road
Grades: Transitional kindergarten – 12
Number of students: 933
Number of staff: 96
Tuition: $6,700 (Transitional K) to $8,750 (Grades 9-12) for Non-Members /
$5,700 (Transitional K) to $7,450 (Grades 9-12) for Members
Admissions process

Here is the info on two large Charlotte region schools.

Cannon School

Photo by the Cannon School via Facebook.

Address: 5801 Poplar Tent Road, Concord
Grades: K-12
Number of students: 1,000
Number of staff: About 110 teachers
Tuition: $17,875 for kindergarten to $22,445 for high school.
Admissions process

Gaston Day School

Photo by Gaston Day School via Facebook.

Address: 2001 Gaston Day School Road, Gastonia
Grades: PreK-12
Number of students: 500
Number of staff: 50 teachers
Tuition: $3,394 to $15,450 per year, based on need.
Admissions process

(Photo credits: Photos were taken from the schools’ websites or Facebook pages. Header photo of Providence Day School via Facebook)

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