PREParing Students for High School

Charlotte Prep High School Fair

By Eddie Mensah, Head of School

With the second half of the school year underway, it’s the perfect time to revisit the strengths of our pre-k-8th-grade program. The pinnacle of a Charlotte Prep education, the high school placement process, perfectly reflects our student-centered philosophy. The Charlotte Prep experience naturally develops students who are well rounded and well prepared for high school. Our process guides each student and family in taking the steps needed to make a successful transition to high school.

Here’s how it works:

  • All eighth graders take a formal leadership class with me in which they work on developing interviewing skills, making a positive first impression, and much more. Students fully participate in the process and make it their own journey.
  • Early in the school year, parents attend an information session to review the high school process in detail and to learn about the best ways to research and evaluate the options.
  • We meet individually with each student and family to discuss their hopes and dreams and to create a strong partnership for the process.
  • We work closely with the area’s finest independent schools, top boarding schools, and Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, to place our students in the school that is the right fit for their abilities and interests. Our High School Fair in September annually provides an opportunity for students and families to connect personally with decision-makers at each school.
  • Students participate in mock interviews to ensure that he or she is well-prepared for campus visits.
  • We provide transcripts and other materials to the receiving schools and personally advocate on behalf of each student.

The results of our process speak for themselves. Nearly all of our graduating students are accepted into one or more of their top choices every year and routinely go on to have incredibly successful high school experiences. Most importantly, the process is another student-centered, fully-supported process that fulfills our mission to develop lifelong learners.


Eddie Mensah, Head of School

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