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

19 biggest private schools in Charlotte, ranked by the cost of tuition
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Charlotte has a huge private school community, larger than anywhere else in the state. Here’s a quick look at size and cost.

These are the largest private schools in Mecklenburg County — plus a few larger ones regionally. This list only includes schools with at least 500 students. Enrollment numbers come from school and state data.

By the numbers:

  • About 18,378 students in Mecklenburg County go to one of 89 private schools here, according to state data.
  • That compares with roughly 147,639 students in the public school district.
  • Nearby metropolitan areas like Wake and Guilford Counties have 77 and 33 private schools respectively.

The list is ordered from most expensive to least expensive, based on the lowest grade offered (including transitional kindergarten, excluding pre-school programs).

Covid-19 precautions: Each school is handling the coronavirus pandemic differently. While private schools are not subject to CMS’ guidelines, they are required to follow state laws relating to coronavirus. Most schools are back to in-person learning or a mix of in-person and virtual with options for high-risk students who need to learn virtually.

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Note: This guide is was last updated in November 2020. Tuition levels are accurate for the school year that began fall 2020. Have an update to this guide? Let us know at hi@charlotteagenda.com.


(1) Charlotte Latin School

  • Address: 9502 Providence Road
  • Grades: Transitional kindergarten to 12th grade
  • Number of students: 1,481
  • Student teacher ratio: 9:1
  • Latin learning model: Latin schools focus on core academic mastery including classical languages, critical thinking and a strong student-teacher relationship.
  • Tuition: $19,550 (transitional K and K); $23,900 (grades 1-5); $26,150 (grades 6-8); and $26,900 (grades 9-12). Admissions process
  • Covid-19 plan: Students are using a mix of in-person and virtual learning with lower school students getting the most in-person instruction.
Charlotte Latin Kindergarten

Charlotte Latin Kindergarten class, taken pre-pandemic (courtesy Charlotte Latin)


(2) Providence Day School

  • Address: 5800 Sardis Road
  • Grades: Transitional kindergarten to 12th grade
  • Number of students: 1,780
  • Number of teachers: 221
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Tuition: $19,340 (transitional K), $21,170 (K); $24,910 (grades 1-5); and $27,455 (grades 6-12). Admissions process
  • Covid-19 plan: Lower school students are learning in-person, middle and upper school students are using a hybrid of in-person and remote learning. All students have the option to opt into full remote learning.

academic center at providence day private school charlotte

football field and athletic center at providence day private school in charlotte


(3) Charlotte Country Day School

  • Address: 1440 Carmel Road
  • Grades: Junior kindergarten to 12th grade
  • Number of students: 1,700
  • Student teacher ratio: 8:1
  • Tuition: $18,695 (junior K); $19,610 (K); $23,190 (grades 1-4); $24,975 (grades 5-8); and $26,020 (grades 9-12). Admissions process
  • Covid-19 plan: Students are using a mix of in-person and virtual learning. All students have the option to opt into or out of full remote learning.

high school lockers at country day private school in charlotte

charlotte country day private school campus


(4) Cannon School

  • Address: 5801 Poplar Tent Road, Concord
  • Grades: Junior kindergarten to 12th grade
  • Number of students: 1,030
  • Student teacher ratio: 9:1
  • Tuition: $17,970 (junior K), $18,595 (K); $19,660 (grades 1-4); $21,740 (grades 5-8); and $24,230 (grades 9-12). Admissions process
  • Covid-19 plan: Students are on a hybrid model that involves a mix of in-person and virtual learning.

(5) Davidson Day School

  • Address: 750 Jetton Street, Davidson
  • Grades: Pre-K to 12th grade
  • Number of students: 500
  • Student faculty ratio: 8:1
  • Average class size: 12
  • Tuition: $17,100 (transitional K); $18,940 (K-4); $19,930 (grades 5-8); and $20,380 (grades 9-12). Admissions process
  • Pre-K options: Three toddler half days for $11,360; three toddler full days for $13,270; five toddler half days for $15,150; and five toddler full days and Eaglets for $17,100.
  • Covid-19 plan: All students are learning in-person with Covid precautions in place. There are options for families who prefer virtual learning.

(6) Charlotte Christian School

  • Address: 7301 Sardis Road
  • Grades: Junior kindergarten to 12th grade
  • Number of students: 1,100
  • Student teacher ratio: about 9:1
  • Tuition: $15,900 (junior K and K); $17,895 (grades 1-5); $19,175 (grades 6-8); and $21,655 (grades 9-12). Admissions process
  • Covid-19 plan: Students are learning in-person with options for students who need to learn virtually.

(7) Charlotte Catholic High School

  • Address: 7702 Pineville-Matthews Road
  • Grades: 9th to 12th grade
  • Number of students: 1,150
  • Number of teachers: 92
  • Tuition: $11,806 for participating Catholics and $16,881 for non-Catholics and non-participating Catholics. Admissions process
  • Covid plan: Students are learning in-person with options for students who need to learn virtually.

Charlotte Catholic


(8) Covenant Day School

  • Address: 800 Fullwood Lane, Matthews
  • Grades: Transitional kindergarten to 12th grade
  • Number of students: 945
  • Average student teacher ratio: 9:1 to 13:1
  • Tuition: $10,350 (transitional K); $10,850 (K); $12,950 (grades 1-5); $15,400 (grades 6-8); and $17,550 (grades 9-12). Admissions process
  • Covid-19 plan: Students are learning in-person.

Covenant Day


(9) Carmel Christian School

  • Address: 1145 Pineville-Matthews Road
  • Grades: Kindergarten to 12th grade
  • Number of students: 974
  • Number of staff: 97
  • Tuition: $9,600 (K); $10,600 (grades 1-5); $12,700 (grades 6-8); and $13,900 (grades 9-12) . Admissions process
  • Covid-19 plan: Students are learning in-person.

Carmel Christian


(10) SouthLake Christian Academy

  • Address: 13820 Hagers Ferry Road, Huntersville
  • Grades: Junior kindergarten to 12th grade
  • Number of students: 550
  • Student teacher ratio: 8:1
  • Tuition: $9,100 (junior K); $10,300 (K); $11,400 (grades 1-4); $11,900 (grades 5-6); $12,350 (grades 7-8); and $13,600 (grades 9-12).  Admissions process
  • Covid-19 plan: Students are learning in-person.

(11) Hickory Grove Christian School

  • Address: 7200 E. WT Harris Blvd.
  • Grades: Transitional kindergarten to 12th grade
  • Number of students: 596
  • Number of staff: 89
  • Tuition: $8,500 non-member, $7,400 member (TK); $9,000 non-member, $7,850 member (grades K-5); $9,750 non-member, $8,500 member (grades 6-8); and $10,750 non member, $9,350 member (grades 9-12). Admissions process
  • Covid-19 plan: Students are learning in-person with an option for remote learning for students who need it.

(12) Holy Trinity Catholic Middle School

  • Address: 3100 Park Road
  • Grades: 6th to 8th grade
  • Number of students: 880
  • Number of staff: 75
  • Tuition: $8,272 for participating Catholics and $12,815  for non-Catholics and non-participating Catholics. Admissions process
  • Covid-19 plan: Students are learning in-person with options for students who need to learn virtually.

(13) Saint Mark Catholic School

  • Address: 14750 Stumptown Road, Huntersville
  • Grades: Kindergarten to 8th grade
  • Number of students: 743
  • Maximum class size: kindergarten: 25, grades 1 and 2: 27, grades 3-8: 30
  • Tuition: $11,870 for non-Catholics and non-participating Catholics, $7,361 for participating Catholics (K-5); $12,815 for non-Catholics and non-participating Catholics, and $8,272 for participating Catholics (grades 6-8).  Admissions process
  • Covid-19 plan: Students are learning in-person with options for those who need to learn virtually.

(14) Saint Matthew Catholic School

  • Address: 11525 Elm Lane
  • Grades: Transitional kindergarten to 5th grade
  • Number of students: 650
  • Student teacher ratio: 11:1
  • Average class size: 26
  • Tuition: $11,870 for non-Catholics and non-participating Catholics and $7,361 for participating Catholics. Admissions process
  • Covid-19 plan: Students are learning in-person with options for those who need to learn virtually.

(15) Saint Gabriel Catholic School

  • Address: 3028 Providence Road
  • Grades: Kindergarten to 5th grade
  • Number of students: 577
  • Tuition: $11,870 for non-Catholics and non-participating Catholics and $7,361 for participating Catholics. Admissions process
  • Covid-19 plan: Students are learning in-person with options for those who need to learn virtually.

    (16) Metrolina Christian Academy

    • Address: 732 Indian Trail-Fairview Road, Indian Trail
    • Grades: Daycare to 12th grade
    • Number of students:
    • Average class size: Grades 1-5: 20, grades 6-12, 22
    • Tuition: $6,684 (K); $7,005 (grades 1-5); $8,534 (grades 6-8); and $9,161 (grades 9-12). Admissions process
    • Covid-19 plan: Students are learning in-person with the option for distance learning.

    (17) Gaston Day School

    • Address: 2001 Gaston Day School Road, Gastonia
    • Grades: Pre-school to 12th grade
    • Number of students: 500
    • Average class size: 15
    • Student teacher ratio: 10:1
    • Indexed tuition: Tuition is charged based on demonstrated family need, so tuition falls within a range for each grade level.
    • Tuition: $6,600 (early school half day); $8,245 (early school full day); $3,605 to $14,991 (K-4); $3,995 to $16,426 (grades 5-8); and $4,205-$17,035 (grades 9-12). Admissions process
    • Covid-19 plan: Students are learning in-person with options for students who prefer virtual learning.

    (18) Concord Academy

    • Address: 154 Warren C Coleman Boulevard N, Concord
    • Grades: Daycare to 12th grade
    • Number of students: 700
    • Tuition: $4,990 (half day Pre-K to K4); $6,490 (full day Pre-K to K4); $6,240 (K-5), $6,640 (grades 6-8); and $7,240 (grades 9-12). Admissions process
    • Covid-19 plan: Students are learning in-person with options for students who prefer virtual learning.

      (19) Gaston Christian School

      • Address: 1625 Lowell Bethesda Road, Gastonia
      • Grades: Preschool to 12th grade
      • Number of students: 900
      • Tuition: $3,168 (three half day preschool); $4,140 (three full day preschool); $3,840 (five half day preschool); $5,520 (five full day preschool); $4,860 (half-day kindergarten); $6,600 (full-day kindergarten); $6,600 (grades 1-5); $8,292 (grades 6-8); and $8,940 (grades 9-12). Admissions process
      • Covid-19 plan: Students are learning in-person.

        Note: This guide is constantly updated, so all information is fresh. Tuition levels are accurate for the school year that began fall 2020. Have an update to this guide? Let us know or email us hi@charlotteagenda.com.

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