Greensboro Day School

5041 Lawndale Drive,
Greensboro, NC, 27455-0274
Tel: (336)288-8590
Grades: PK - 12 | 880 students
With an enrollment of over 800 students in Preschool age 4  through 12th grade, Greensboro Day School is one of the largest nonsectarian independent schools in the Piedmont Triad of North Carolina, and is known throughout the nation for its excellence in education.
For 40 years, our success has been defined by our challenging academic program, our emphasis on honor and values, and our dedication to each individual child and family.
Today we are more committed than ever to developing the intellectual, ethical, and interpersonal foundations students need to become constructive contributors to the world.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
State or regional independent school association
Southern Association Of Colleges And Schools (SACS)
Religious Affiliation Nonsectarian
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten - 12
Year Founded 1970

Student Body

Total Students 880 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 19%
State avg.: 17%
Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 90 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 10:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 61%
Average Class Size 12 students
Number of AP Courses 18 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Advanced Courses American History, Art, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, English Language, English Literature, European History, French Language, Latin: Vergil, Physics C, Physics E&M, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, Statistics, 
Average SAT score 1855
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Tuition Notes $5500 to $19690
% on Financial Aid 24%
Admissions Director Randy Doss
Admissions Associate Vivian O'Brien

Sports

Total Sports Offered 14 sports
Sports BaseballBasketballCheeringCross CountryField Hockey
GolfLacrosseSoccerSoftballSwimming
TennisTrack and FieldVolleyballWrestling
BaseballBasketball,
CheeringCross Country,
Field HockeyGolf,
LacrosseSoccer,
SoftballSwimming,
TennisTrack and Field,
VolleyballWrestling,

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 26 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Art, Band, Checkers/Chess, Chorus, Cum Laude Society, Diversity Club, Drama, Gardening, Golf, Guitar, Habitat for Humanity, High IQ Team, Honor Board, Mandarin Chinese, Moot Court, National Honor Society, Operation Smile, Piano, Pottery, StageCraft, Strings, Student Council, Student Philanthropy Council, Tennis, Yearbook, Yoga Art, Band, Checkers/Chess, Chorus, Diversity Club, Drama, Gardening, Golf, Guitar, High IQ Team, Honor Board, Moot Court, Piano, Pottery, StageCraft, Strings, Tennis, Yearbook, Yoga, Cum Laude Society,
Habitat for Humanity,
Mandarin Chinese,
National Honor Society,
Operation Smile,
Student Council,
Student Philanthropy Council,

School Notes:

  • Greensboro Day School opened its doors in 1970, the result of the dreams and hard work of dozens of parents who challenged themselves to build the best education possible for their children and for generations of children to come. Few of those parents expected a school of 95 students to grow so quickly into the leader in independent education that it is today. That challenge... to build a socially and economically diverse community that honors and nurtures relationships among students, faculty and community within a dynamic educational environment... is one we have gladly accepted and exceeded.

    Our academic programs are designed to engage, challenge, and inspire students. 

    In our Lower School, we know that every child is unique, and every child learns differently. Our differentiated-instruction approach enables us to teach children the way they learn best and move them along at their own pace. It’s a personalized approach requiring our teachers to understand how each student processes ideas, and to modify their teaching techniques to address each student’s needs.We’re educating students for a world that will be constantly changing. To stay at the forefront of that change, we are continually adapting and updating our programs. This is about more than just technology—we incorporate the latest research on child development in our teaching to be sure we’re employing the best instructional practices.

    The Middle School at GDS is ideal preparation for the challenges and fast pace of the Upper School. Our program incorporates the latest research on adolescent brain development. This enables us to introduce challenging material and concepts with the right blend of independent and collaborative learning. Freedoms expand, teaching students the responsibility that goes with them. But students also receive the continuous support that makes them confident in their abilities.Greensboro Day School students are at home learning anytime, anywhere. By Middle School they are accustomed to constantly evolving technology, and they utilize the latest programs for homework and projects as part of their preparation for global citizenship. 

    Along with classes that include History in Film, Marine Science, and Cabaret , we extend our Upper School classroom boundaries through technology: teachers moderate online discussions, post videos of class lectures, develop class web pages, and tweet project suggestions. The wide variety of classes and approaches mean our students pursue their interests and take those interests as far as they want. But whatever they take— regular classes, advanced classes—it’s always challenging and in-depth.With trips from Australia to New York City to India, our students take learning beyond the classroom. Seniors spend four weeks off campus testing a possible career. Juniors push their limits for five days backpacking through Pisgah National Forest. Sophomore Service Week jumpstarts students’ drive to really make a difference. And freshmen choose from nearly 20 different activities for WoW (Without Walls) Week.
  • Profile last updated: 05/01/2013

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Noble Academy (2.5 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Canterbury School (2.2 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Canterbury School (2.2 miles away)
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School Reviews

  • Recommended February 10, 2014 - The level of care and concern for each student''s academic as well as emotional needs creates a true family environment at GDS. My daughter''s education is tailored to her academic level and needs and she loves going to school each day. The variety of afterschool clubs and learning opportunity is amazing. - Posted by Parent
  • Recommended February 09, 2014 - We moved to the area almost 4 years ago. It was challenging as we moved 3 kids mid-year. However, I realized quickly how much time I wasted worrying as all three children settled in quickly and were warmly welcomed by students and teachers alike. With three children, each has very different personalities, strengths and challenges. Each of them has been met in a unique and wonderful manner. Academics is very important to us. Social and emotional development are, as well. GDS challenges all these areas in a multitude of areas ensuring our kids our challenged and enriched. I love that they have music and art every single week and PE 3x a week in lower school! Kids need to be active and to experience the arts - research PROVES the need for this. The drama program and the athletic programs make for a well-rounded experience. - Posted by Parent
  • Recommended February 09, 2014 - We are Australian long term expats. We choose Greensboro Day School for our son when we moved to the US two years ago. Having been involved with many schools in 5 different countries, it was immediately obvious that we had found the right school for him. The staff were welcoming and it was refreshing to be greeted by the students as we toured the school. The low class sizes and the obvious dedication and enthusiasm of the teachers are very important to us. The school caters for his individual needs and he was immediately accepted into the middle school community. He is always talking about the interesting and challenging things that he is doing in class. We love that the subjects are very much related to current issues and aimed at promoting individual thought. - Posted by Parent
  • Recommended February 09, 2014 - This is my daughter''s third year at GDS. I am very pleased with the quality of administrators and teachers as well as the level of education. My daughter is appropriately challenged and excited to go to school everyday. She is very proud to tell others when asked where she attends school. - Posted by Parent
  • Recommended February 09, 2014 - It is difficult to put into words how much we appreciate Greensboro Day School and it''s community of faculty, staff, and friends. We have 3 children, each with her and his unique learning styles, interests, and challenges. The teachers have responded to our children in the most impressive ways. They genuinely care about them while helping them to grow intellectually and ethically. An education at GDS is the most valuable investment we as parents will ever make! - Posted by Parent
  • Recommended May 18, 2013 - My daughter has been going there for 2 years (pre-K and Kindergarten). I am constantly amazed at the level of activities she engages in, e.g. Art, Spanish, Science, and Computer. The teachers have been fabulous at working with the particular skills of each child and providing more challenges where warranted. She loves going to school every day, and the faculty and staff are all so welcoming. I also use the Bengal Cub Care - after school and she participates in after school extracurricular activities located on the campus, which is incredibly convenient. - Posted by Parent
  • Recommended May 18, 2013 - Love GDS! My daughter and are so pleased with the teachers & all the staff. It is so exciting to hear her experiences each day! - Posted by Parent
  • Recommended May 02, 2013 - I am a parent of a 2nd grader at GDS and we love it here!!! From the moment I first walked on campus, it was the most welcoming and warm place. You can tell that teachers love teaching here and kids love learning here. It really is a special place! If you are looking at schools you should definitely come visit. - Posted by Parent

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