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Head of School Tracie Catlett

Thank you for your interest in Greensboro Day School! GDS is a relationship-focused community where you’ll find an exciting academic program that’s in sync with the world as well as countless opportunities for students to enrich their experience through extracurriculars, athletics, and arts. Exceptional faculty and staff place students at the heart of teaching and learning each and every day. Whether we are preparing students for the next grade level or for college, our community inspires students to become critical thinkers, discover their passions, and be the best version of themselves. I hope you will visit GDS and see for yourself what makes our school such a special place.

Tracie Catlett, Head of School

About Tracie Catlett

Tracie Catlett joined Greensboro Day School as its seventh Head of School in 2019. Under Tracie’s leadership, the GDS community celebrated the school’s 50th anniversary, launched the public phase of the 50Forward Endowment Campaign, developed and completed the 2022 Campus Master Plan, and experienced consecutive years of strong enrollment growth. She has also led the community in broadening the experiential and academic program through the expansion of advanced, AP, and entrepreneurial course offerings; establishment of the school’s first competitive robotics team; introduction of Building Community Retreats; membership with the Global Online Academy; and investment in the wellbeing of students and faculty. While leading the school safely and in-person during the global pandemic, Tracie also led the community through adoption of the Strategic Plan that outlines the school’s goals for 2020–2024 and has made substantial progress in bringing those goals to life.

As Head of School, Tracie seeks to lead by example, work collaboratively, and build strong relationships with both the school community and the community of Greensboro.She serves on the board of directors for the United Way of Greater Greensboro and MISBO, an organization that promotes best practices, professional development, and creative leadership for independent schools across the country. She also serves on the Advisory Board for Authentic Connections, a national nonprofit organization that conducts research and training for schools related to the wellbeing of students and faculty. Tracie is a member of Building The Best Guilford Steering Committee, Wednesday Literary Club, The Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, and is a graduate of the Leadership Greensboro Class of 2022.

Tracie holds a B.S. in finance from Florida State University and a master’s degree in teaching (M.A.T.) mathematics from the University of Louisville. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in education from Johns Hopkins University. She and her husband Mark have four sons: John, Jack, Will ’20, and Hank ’25. Together they enjoy hiking, golfing, and traveling with their two dogs.

Head of School Tracie Catlett visits with a preschool student outside her window.
Tracie and Mark Catlett with their 4 sons
The Catlett Family

Our Program


Ages 2–5

Nurturing the joys of learning and independence

Lower School

Grades K–4

Encouraging curiosity and love of learning

Middle School

Grades 5–8

Guiding young people from childhood to adolescence

Upper School

Grades 9–12

Helping students discover their passions and prepare for college

GDS is accredited by the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools (NCAIS).

Greensboro Day School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, disability (to the extent that reasonable accommodations are possible), sex, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, or any other programs administered by the school.

Greensboro Day School does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its programs, services or facilities, including admissions, enrollment, and access to educational programs offered by the School in accordance with Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act.