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.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked NC School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-8
  • Students: 138 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $9,000
  • Acceptance rate: 75%
  • Average class size: 16 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

Top Rankings

Hickory Day School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in North Carolina for:


School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Kindergarten-8
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
testing accommodations, reading specialist, mathematics specialist
Year Founded
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
138 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 20%
Students by Grade
Hickory Day School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
29 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
16 students
List of Courses Offered
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
(Monday-Thursday = khaki and collared shirts; Fridays = jeans/casual)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
See web site for complete tuition details per grade level. The tuition rate varies depending on grade level and ranges from $7000 to &11,000.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Shelley Holtsclaw
Admissions Associate
Alison Tompkins
Endowment Size
$0.1 million



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
8 extracurriculars
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

  • 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.
Profile last updated: 07/21/2021

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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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked NC School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-8
  • Students: 138 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $9,000
  • Acceptance rate: 75%
  • Average class size: 16 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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The average private school tuition in Catawba County, NC is $5,780 for elementary schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Catawba County, NC is 84% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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