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Preparedness ...

"The main difference between high school and college is the amount of independent study that is expected at college.  I feel very prepared for that because of my GDS background." Grace Sherrill, GDS Class of 2016, Dartmouth College

 "I was so prepared for college because of my GDS education.  I can handle the workload and the exams, and I'm not intimidated to talk to my professors.  I know that's because of our smaller class sizes at GDS." Anisha Sharma, GDS Class of 2016, Wilson Scholar at Appalachian State University

“I felt incredibly well-prepared to enter the college classroom after attending Greensboro Day School. At GDS, I learned good note-taking, reading comprehension, and research skills that prepared me for college-level work. I also learned how to be a responsible, motivated, and self-reliant student. I learned to take initiative, have faith in my abilities, and push myself to do my best. At the same time, I learned how to work collaboratively with my peers and to respect and value the ideas and perspectives that they have to offer. The combination of academic and interpersonal skills that GDS taught me has given me a definite advantage in the collegiate setting.” Anna Gilbert, GDS Class of 2016, Davidson College

“Taking Physics C was one of the best choices I made in high school. Not only was it an interesting and challenging class that was taught well, but it allowed me to skip some really tough classes at UNC. Courses at GDS were challenging and required time management, more so than other high schools. That better prepared me for the work load in college.” Haley Peck, GDS Class of 2012, UNC-Chapel Hill

Academic Rigor ...

“I feel that the workload of the classes I took at GDS taught me the value of time management and how to effectively do my work”. Janse Schermerhorn, GDS Class of 2014, Franklin and Marshall College

“My competence with computers and technology was much stronger that other students at Clemson. My preparation was so much better.” Clayton Wilson, GDS Class of 2013, Clemson University.

“The challenging workload and thus the resulting need to work independently gave me an advantage in study habits and work ethic significantly better than my college classmates. In addition my math teachers did an extremely good job at preparing me for college math and statistics, respectively. They also challenged me to work harder and study efficiently, which has benefited me greatly throughout college.”  Eric Rosenbower, GDS Class of 2014, UCLA

“GDS prepared me exceptionally well for UNC. In particular I found my AB calculus class significantly more difficult than any math classes I have taken here (I have taken 10 additional math classes). My teachers gave me a fantastic foundation in math which I use every day.” Hailey Jacob, GDS Class of 2012, UNC-Chapel Hill

“I definitely had a much better understanding of technology than some classmates. My math background well exceeded a lot of peers. I also knew how to write essays at a college level without having to be taught.” Courtney Key, GDS Class of 2013, UNC-Chapel Hill 

Independence ...

“The freedom GDS gave its students and well as the small classrooms to cultivate teacher-student relationships greatly helped me to thrive and do well in college. I can work independently and manage my time better than most students. I also have the social skills to be able to approach my professors and create relationships with them as well. I know how to use technology which a lot of my peers seem to not know how to do. The level of maturity and respect we students received at GDS made us feel like adults and a lot of my peers came from schools who did not have that hence they are significantly less socially mature and don't do well in class. Because of GDS I am very prepared for college. My stress levels are significantly less than my peers who were underprepared from their high schools. I definitely consider myself to be one of the most prepared students in my class and have shown through my grades that I came in with the tools and skill set to succeed. Thanks GDS!” Jamie Kleckowski, GDS Class of 2014, Eckerd College

Community ...

“The sense of community I experienced while at GDS taught me how to reach out to people and find my own support system of friends and teachers. In college, having that support system makes all the difference between being a student who is merely going through the motions and a student who has a fantastic school experience.” Katie Glaser, GDS Class of 2016, Georgetown University 

Risk Taking ...

“Greensboro day taught me to take risks. When I stumbled and fell it was there to pick me up. My teachers and classmates were there to encourage and to support me along the way. When I left to attend Gettysburg College I was terrified. But I knew even though that I was leaving North Carolina for Pennsylvania, I still had that team of people behind me from Greensboro Day. Fellow classmates at Gettysburg were afraid to branch out and take those classes that could give them poor grades. They were afraid to expand their views. I attribute my thirst for knowledge to those years at GDS and if I went to other high schools I would not come out the curious person I am today.” Alex Paris, GDS Class of 2015, Gettyburg College 

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