Gaston Day School

  • Founded in 1967, Gaston Day School is a nonsectarian, college-preparatory school for grades pre-school through 12 with approximately 500 students and 65 full and part-time faculty and staff.
  • Gaston Day attracts students from a five county area including Gaston, Mecklenburg, Lincoln, Cleveland, and York and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
  • It is also a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, the Southern Association of Independent Schools, and the North Carolina Association of Independent schools and approved by the North Carolina Department of Education.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Southern Association Of Colleges And Schools (SACS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-12
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedLearning Academy
Year Founded1967

Student Body

Total Studentsn/a
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
32%
State avg.: 16%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers64 teachers
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
30%
Average Class Size12 students
Number of AP Courses9 courses
Average SAT score1280
Average ACT score27
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition Notes$4,550 - $15,450
% on Financial Aid
49%
Admissions DirectorDavidson Hobson
Admissions AssociateSusan Gibson
Endowment Size$8.5 million

Sports

Total Sports Offered9 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryGolf,
SoccerSwimming,
TennisTrack and Field,
Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.18 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Bloggers Club, Blutopia, Chess Club, Classics Club, Drama Club, French Club, iGem (International Genetically Engineered Machines), Middle School Literary Magazine, Peer Mentoring, Public Debate Club, Science Olympiad, Spanish Club, Student Government (middle and upper schools), The Point, Theatre Arts, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Upper School Literay and Arts Magazine

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Girls on the Run

School Notes

  • Founded in 1967, Gaston Day School is a nonsectarian, college-preparatory school for grades pre-kindergarten through 12 with approximately 500 students and 65 full and part-time faculty and staff. Gaston Day attracts students from a five county area including Gaston, Mecklenburg, Lincoln, Cleveland, and York and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It is also a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, the Southern Association of Independent Schools, and the North Carolina Association of Independent schools and approved by the North Carolina Department of Education.

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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
5  
Choosing a school is a major decision and one that we did not take lightly. We explored the Charlotte area "Big 3" private schools because they were so well known, but it was not until we visited Gaston Day that we found exactly what we were seeking for our child. Gaston Day is a small, close-knit community of educators that truly focus on your child's needs. My child immediately connected with peers and is excited to go to school. Coming from a large public school setting, I was worried it would feel too small, but we knew immediately that this school was a perfect fit for our child and the small size ensures a personal connection and nurturing environment. Even better, the small size means our child will have numerous opportunities to be involved in extracurricular activities. The athletics program is competitive and inclusive and in a small school you do not see the typical "cliques" you see in larger public schools because here the athletes are also in music, art, and theater. Gaston Day offers a challenging academic curriculum, but the teachers are available to students, support their learning, and are truly are passionate about their field. More importantly, GDS helps develop students' citizenship through extensive service to the community. This school is worth the drive and I encourage you to come experience the "student-first" approach that is Gaston Day. Highly recommended!
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Gaston Day has been an excellent choice for our family. School faculty and staff have gone out of their way to make our transition into the high school comfortable and welcoming. The teachers are energetic and interested in the needs of each child. Thanks to the smaller size, they are able to individualize learning effectiveness. Instilling intellectual passion is also important and the teachers and staff model that for the students. I feel confident that we have found the perfect school!
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Choosing Gaston Day School for our son has been the best decision we have ever made. From the first time we set foot on campus, it has felt like home. The hospitality shown by students, faculty and staff, and families is second to none, the academics are challenging and teachers support students' learning, the food is top notch (an important component to a growing boy), and the campus and athletics facilities are beautiful. The campus grounds are breathtaking and allow for an outdoor classroom experience with authentic learning opportunities. For a school of its size the advanced academic classes, music, art, theater, and sports opportunities are exemplary. We look forward to watching our son grow academically, athletically, and as a citizen of the community through his experience at Gaston Day School. Gaston Day is living its mission and values and we are proud to be a part of the Gaston Day family.
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The average private school tuition in North Carolina is $7,971 for elementary schools and $9,880 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in North Carolina is 86% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).