Greensboro Day School

5.00 5 1 (12 reviews)
Tel: (336)288-8590
  • With an enrollment of approximately 800 students in Preschool age 3 through 12th grade, Greensboro DaySchool is one of the largest nonsectarian independent schools in the Piedmont Triad of North Carolina, and is known throughout thenation for its excellence in education.
  • For 45 years, our success has been defined by our challenging academic program, our emphasison 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)
Southern Association of Independent Schools
Religious Affiliation Nonsectarian
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten-12
ADD/ADHD Support Yes
Year Founded 1970

Student Body

Total Students 806 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 18%
Students by Grade Greensboro Day School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 90 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 9:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 17 students
Number of AP Courses 21 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 1320
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
Admissions Director Randy Doss
Admissions Associate Mary Katherine McGinnis


Total Sports Offered 14 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
CheeringCross Country,
Field HockeyGolf,
TennisTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 19 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Art, Band, Chorus, Cum Laude Society, Diversity Club, Drama, Gardening, Honor Board, Mandarin Chinese, Moot Court, National Honor Society, Operation Smile, Piano, Pottery, StageCraft, Strings, Student Council, Student Philanthropy Council, Yearbook Art, Band, Chorus, Diversity Club, Drama, Gardening, Honor Board, Moot Court, Piano, Pottery, StageCraft, Strings, Yearbook, Cum Laude Society,
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 childrenand 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 is 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 o findependent and collaborative learning. Freedoms expand, teaching students the responsibility that goes with them. 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. 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 jump starts students` drive to really make a difference. Freshmen choose from nearly 20 different activities for WoW (Without Walls) Week.
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (12 reviews)
5  3/16/2017
We absolutely love GDS for our boys. We wanted a school that wouldn't put them into a box and would allow them to be who they are and this is exactly what we've experienced. Every time we leave conferences, we are in awe at how well the teachers know our children. The teachers and division directors are phenomenal and our children are thriving because of it.
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5  12/17/2016
We have 2 children at GDS - the oldest has been there for 5 years. We wanted a school that valued diversity. Diversity as it relates to all aspects ethnic, socioeconomic, artists to scientists. We wanted our children to be in a safe environment where they can be comfortable being individuals and not be conformed into a one size fits all program a place where they can follow their natural bent. GDS definitely fit the bill!
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5  12/17/2016
My nine-year-old son is in his fourth year at Greensboro Day School. Originally from Ethiopia, he has had a wonderful, welcoming experience at the school. The school is very intentional about celebrating different cultures and provides lots of inquiry-based, collaborative, hands-on learning opportunities. The school's lower school director is one of the best leaders I've met anywhere.
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5  12/17/2016
Our child has been at Greensboro Day School for eight years, and we could not imagine a better place for her. She has grown in ways we could not have imagined - leadership, compassion, service, academics, music, collaboration and so much more. We cannot go wrong when we invest in our children, and there is no better place to make that investment than Greensboro Day School!
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5  5/17/2016
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.
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5  5/17/2016
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!
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5  5/17/2016
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.
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5  7/24/2015
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.
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5  7/24/2015
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.
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5  5/18/2013
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.
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5  5/18/2013
Love GDS! My daughter and are so pleased with the teachers & all the staff. It is so exciting to hear her experiences each day!
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5  5/2/2013
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.
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