Carolina Day School

  • In the classroom, on the athletic fields and within our special community of families, Carolina Day School fully engages your smart, curious child.
  • With a passion for learning and teaching, nationally trained in top developmental research and brain-based instruction, our exceptional faculty radiates an inspirational blend of compassion and high standards.
  • It's simple: bright, bold, curious, well-trained teachers and coaches lead by example and bring out the best in your child.
  • We are Asheville's only co-ed, independent day school for grades PreK12, and our Key School is a national leader in transforming students with language-based learning differences into high achievers and confident, capable learners.
  • Discover what lies in store for your child at Carolina Day School in Asheville, North Carolina.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Southern Association Of Colleges And Schools (SACS)
Southern Association of Independent Schools
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedLanguage-Based - Dyslexia
Year Founded1987

Student Body

Total Students639 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 18%
Students by Grade Carolina Day School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers80 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio8:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size15 students
Number of AP Courses13 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesAP Art History (two sections), AP Biology, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP English Language, AP English Literature, AP European History (two sections), AP French, AP Physics, AP Psychology, AP Spanish, AP Statistics, AP US History (four sections), Honors American Literature (semester course), Honors Competitive Speech and Debate (semester or year course), Honors French 4, Honors Journalism, Honors Macroeconomics (semester course), Honors Math 3, Honors Microeconomics (semester course), Honors Philosophy (semester course), Honors Pre-Calculus, Honors Spanish 4, Honors Studio Art
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Standard Code of Dress)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNov. 15 / Feb. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$26,950
Tuition NotesAs parents, we have both the pleasure and the primary responsibility for finding the best educational experience for our children. Carolina Day School offers tuition assistance to help qualified families meet this responsibility.
% on Financial Aid
Admissions DirectorTrip Cogburn
Admissions AssociateMichelle Nailen


Total Sports Offered11 sports
SportsArchery, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Golf, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballArcheryBaseball,
BasketballCross Country,
Field HockeyGolf,
TennisTrack and Field,

School Notes

  • Our Vision of Education
  • Carolina Day School is a leader in educational innovation and a model of excellence for western North Carolina and beyond. Our creative and reflective educators craft a cohesive curriculum in a supportive environment where inquiry, discovery, and learning can take place.
  • Inquiry-based Learning
  • Building and giving meaning to strong foundational skills is essential and is just the starting point at Carolina Day. Students actively engage in real-world problem solving, project-based learning, service learning, and design thinking projects and activities, which allow them to practice, apply, build, and transfer these important skills in meaningful ways. Our students benefit tremendously from our special blend of teaching methods, curriculum, community, and culture. The CDS faculty practice their craft as artisans of the classroom, mixing their professional experience with research and wisdom to teach each child. There is a shared expectation between students and teachers that everyone will push themselves in many ways to stretch and grow - intellectually, socially, emotionally - and teachers will provide the support necessary to help students face challenges head-on and learn to persevere with confidence. The craft of teaching takes grit, resolve, creativity, patience, and problem-solving. It`s an ever-evolving process of combining the best ingredients for the most successful outcomes. Our families tell us that they value their investment in a Carolina Day education because of our unique combination of highly qualified teachers, innovative curriculum, and our compassionate, friendly community. Simply put, Carolina Day children, adolescents, and young adults alike enjoy coming to school; they think hard, play hard, and celebrate their group successes and personal bests with gusto. Creating a community of well-rounded, engaged, and happy students is our vision and our passion.
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Asheville
    Grades: 9-12 | 295 students
    5.9 miles
    360 Asheville School Road
    Asheville, NC 28806
    (828) 254-6345
    5.9 9-12
  • Asheville
    Grades: PK-8 | 210 students
    4.9 miles
    574 Haywood Road
    Asheville, NC 28806
    (828) 258-9264
    4.9 PK-8
  • Cary
    Grades: 6-12 | 765 students
    211.8 miles
    1500 N Harrison Avenue
    Cary, NC 27513
    (919) 677-3873
    211.8 6-12
  • Durham
    Grades: NS-12 | 506 students
    199.5 miles
    4809 Friends School Road
    Durham, NC 27705
    (919) 383-6602
    199.5 NS-12
  • Durham
    Grades: PK-12 | 1229 students
    202.1 miles
    3501 Ridge Road
    Durham, NC 27705
    (919) 493-5787
    202.1 PK-12

School Reviews

The athletics at Carolina Day are very disappointing. The middle school boys' basketball team has 25 boys on the roster. It is mid-December and several of the boys are now being shuffled to a YMCA platform. The JV girls' basketball team, which has several seniors on it, is losing by scores of 85-17. They limit middle school offerings; they do not offer tennis for middle school, and the soccer team did not have enough kids to form a team. My child is lost in the shuffle. A school that is charging college tuition prices should provide a well-rounded experience, which should include competitive academics and athletics.
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The average private school tuition in Asheville, NC is $11,301 for elementary schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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