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For more than 50 years, Greensboro Day School has been known for academic excellence.

What does academic excellence look like at Greensboro Day School? If you visit any of our three divisions, you’ll see a dynamic academic program designed to keep students active and engaged. You’ll see an expert and caring faculty who support their students while challenging them to reach their full potential. The academic program at GDS is exciting and varied, and we hope that you will visit us to see our program in action.

Our program cultivates curiosity and a love of learning by drawing on the best of both progressive and traditional teaching methods.

Our educational philosophy is based on evidence-based practices and cognitive research and is brought to life in small classes (about 16 students on average) that allow our teachers to get to know students as individuals and focus on differentiation.

Whether it’s preschoolers who are just learning to read or upper schoolers who are enrolled in one of our 25 AP courses, our students are learning with both their minds and their hands. Teaching and learning happens everywhere on our 72-acre campus—in classrooms, science labs, on hiking trails, on stage in the theatre, in art studios, and in the gyms.

Walk across campus and you might see four-year olds engaged in mathematical modeling; third graders delivering a biographical speech in character; sixth graders applying elements of engineering and physics to design, construct and launch a boat in the learning pond; ninth-graders firing clay in the outdoor kiln; or seniors engaged in a month-long internship experience.


Math teacher points to a problem on the whiteboard

Whether we are preparing our students for the next grade level or for college, academic excellence and dedicated teachers are the core of our program.

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

Science teacher helps student create model airplanes
Teacher works on laptop with two male robotics students
Teacher sits on a rug with a group of students