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History & Traditions

Founded in 1970, Greensboro Day School was Greensboro’s first independent school.

Over the next 50 years, GDS steadily built a reputation for offering the best, most well-rounded educational experience in the Triad region of North Carolina. Today, GDS is a vibrant school community serving students from age two to grade twelve on a beautiful 72-acre campus.

To learn more about our history, please visit our 50th Anniversary Website, created to celebrate our 50th anniversary in 2020.

GDS Traditions

Bengal Dash

This event brings runners and walkers to campus for a 5k run/walk as well as a kids’ obstacle course.


This fun afternoon for families is filled with athletic games, Fiddle Fusion music, food, games, and more.

Bengal Games

Bengal Games brings the whole school together for a day of fun, games, and community building.

McLendon Speaker

Each year, the McLendon Parent & Faculty Education Speaker Series brings a prominent thought leader to campus.

Paws for Service

This annual day of service brings parents, students, faculty, and staff together to work with area nonprofits.

Ringing the Bell

The student council president opens and closes the school year by ringing the bell once for every year of GDS history.

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.