International Student Services
Greensboro Day School offers a variety of support services for international students, such as an international student advisor and guidance in the university application process.
The GDS faculty recognize the special needs and concerns of international students and their families. We take pride in providing support and guidance in all areas of cultural and language adjustment as students become familiar with the United States and school community. Enrolled students find a wonderful sense of community at GDS where diversity is widely celebrated.
International Student Entry into the United States
In order for an international student holding a foreign passport to enroll at a school in the United States, they must obtain an F-1 (or student) visa. Greensboro Day School is approved by the Department of Homeland Security to provide an I-20 to newly enrolled students; a document an international student will need in order to apply for a the F-1 Visa. For more information please visit the state department website http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types_1268.html#5
New International Student Orientation
New international students to GDS arrive early on campus to attend a special orientation to ease their transition into their new cultural and academic environment and to complete any necessary placement testing.
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Greensboro Day School offers an outstanding English as a Second Language (ESL) program that is designed to meet the needs of students at the intermediate and advanced levels. At Greensboro Day School, ESL is a course to assist international students in their academic subjects and to facilitate their use of English. All new international students start the year in ESL. The primary syllabus of the ESL class will be that of each student’s academic subjects with emphasis in English, History, Science, and Health. Classes will be limited to no more than four ESL students, allowing for mentoring, personal interaction, and individualized instruction from the teacher.
International Student Support
Admission inquiries, including I-20 questions, should be addressed to Randy Doss at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once a student arrives at GDS, David Gilbert is the International Student Coordinator. You may reach him at email@example.com. He is the international students’ primary contact for academic and school life support.
International students at Greensboro Day School will need a school issued laptop to participate in our classes. While you may bring a computer from your country, please understand all GDS academic work must be completed on a GDS computer.
Upper School students will receive their laptops upon arrival at school. Families of Upper School students will be billed the total cost (approximately $1,500) for the current laptop model being used on campus. Students will own these laptops and take them with them when they graduate.
Middle School students will be given a GDS laptop upon arrival at school. Families with Middle School students will lease the computers from the school and will be billed an annual fee to cover laptop use. These students will be asked to return these computers when they leave Middle School.
Students may purchase school supplies, personal items, athletic footwear, clothing and other necessities here.
Bengal Café and Dining Hall
The Bengal Café offers lunch daily. Funds for lunch and study break food is not included in the tuition and fee costs. International students can provide funds to an electronic account so they can pay for their food as they purchase it.
Greensboro Day School does not require uniforms for its students. Students are asked to dress in a modest, appropriate manner which will be demonstrated at international student orientation.
As a true university preparatory institution, Greensboro Day School emphasizes helping students build a solid foundation for their undergraduate experience and life beyond university studies through a unique Dean program. Beginning in ninth grade each students are assigned a Dean as well as an academic advisor. Deans stay with students throughout their time at GDS and is the first contact for many issues including university selection. The GDS Upper School Deans are dedicated to serving each student as an individual. They will work together to find the right university match and one that best suits the student’s academic and personal strengths.