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About Union Day School

Union Day School is a tuition-free North Carolina public charter school, serving Union County, Mecklenburg County, and Charlotte area students in grades K through 11 in the 2024-25 school year. 

UDS has earned a stellar reputation for its rigorous academics and close-knit community of families and accomplished educators. Students benefit from hands-on educational opportunities through the school's outstanding curriculum and emphasis on self-directed learning.

Students gain access to leading learning programs, including --

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Union Day School is the only charter school in the greater Charlotte area to offer the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme® (MYP) to its students beginning in sixth grade.

Based in Weddington, NC, Union Day School serves families throughout the greater Charlotte Metroplex, primarily in communities in Union County and the southern portion of Mecklenburg County, such as Charlotte, Monroe, Matthews and Waxhaw.  UDS began operating in the 2016-17 school year as a K-to-3 school, adding one grade annually.  Union Day School will serve students in grades K-to-10 in the 2023-24 school year and will award high school diplomas to its first graduating class in the 2025-26 school year. 


Since the charter school's inception, Union Day School has been consistently recognized for the quality of the education it provides and its nurturing, supportive learning environment. UDS has been recognized multiple times as Charlotte Magazine Best of the Best winner for Area Public/Charter School, as well as winning the Union County Macaroni Kid Award, and an award from the state for exceeding academic growth.

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Students flourish in the small-school environment at Union Day School.  Parents appreciate the opportunity for their children to experience a "private school feel without the cost."  UDS teachers love the chance to engage and motivate their students in a place where education is enthusiastically embraced and nurtured.


With diverse After School Enrichment Programs, innovative activities such as the UDS House System (think Harry Potter!) and School in the Woods, as well as interscholastic athletics, community service projects and established before-and after-school services, Union Day School is exceptionally well qualified to meet the interests and needs of its students and families.

Parents and students who are interested in learning more about everything Union Day School has to offer are encouraged to sign up for a Campus Tour, or contact the UDS Admissions Office for more information.

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