Hickory Day School

  • *Due to COVID-19, we will be offering virtual learning as well as on campus leanring. Hickory Day School instills in its students a love of learning in a unique environment that emphasizes academic excellence, critical-thinking skills, and global perspectives.
  • We develop individual talents, skills, and abilities by promoting active participation in a wide range of academic, athletic, and extracurricular activities within a supportive, nurturing environment.
  • We foster a sustained love of learning allowing students to acquire a critical mass of significant knowledge by exploring themes of inquiry, which have global relevance and importance.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.AdvancED
International Baccalaureate (IB) World School
Southern Association of Independent Schools
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-8
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs Supportedtesting accommodations, reading specialist, mathematics specialist
Year Founded1993
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students120 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
Students by Grade Hickory Day School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers24 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size16 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Monday-Thursday = khaki and collared shirts; Fridays = jeans/casual)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$9,000
Tuition NotesSee web site for complete tuition details per grade level. The tuition rate varies depending on grade level and ranges from $7000 to &10,000.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$2,000
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorRick Seay
Admissions AssociateAlison Tompkins
Endowment Size$0.1 million


Total Sports Offered8 sports
SportsArchery, Basketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, VolleyballArcheryBasketball,
Cross CountryFlag Football,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.8 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Board Games Club, Book Clubs, Chess Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Art Club, Sunshine Singers choir

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Archery Club, Basketball Club, Jump Rope Club

School Notes

*Due to COVID-19, we will be offering virtual learning as well as on campus learning.
  • The admissions committee looks for a love of learning and parental commitment to the IB program of the school. An admissions assessment is made for every applicant. This assessment involves both literacy and numeracy skills.

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    Grades: PK-12 | 485 students
    3.6 miles
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    Hickory, NC 28601
    (828) 324-5405
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    Grades: PK-12 | 205 students
    1.6 miles
    1225 29th Avenue Dr NE
    Hickory, NC 28601
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
"We strongly encourage parents of all young students to visit HDS. It's a uniquely amazing school that Hickory is fortunate to have because of its IB emphasis & values, its outstanding staff, its low student-to-teacher ratio, its academic rigor, and its culture. We teach students HOW to learn; the value of learning; and the importance of being globally minded, ambitious citizens who strive to make a difference in the world. We have seen the entire spectrum of educational levels offered here as our son has attended HDS for nine years. Not only has he benefited from learning both Spanish and Latin here, but he has also enjoyed the challenge of taking Algebra I as a seventh grader. He has had the opportunity to help the community through his year-long IB Exhibition independent project on littering, has loved playing on the HDS basketball and soccer teams, and has enjoyed the chess club and the middle school/kindergarten reading buddy program. HDS offers a well-rounded, top-quality educational experience. We are quite confident in his ability to move forward successfully into high school; he has been armed with the reasoning, discipline, and analytical skills to embrace his interests, explore new opportunities, and tackle whatever challenges he encounters."
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"The amount of work required to succeed in high school is pretty much the same as the work required at HDS. I transitioned a lot easier compared to my new peers."
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