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After submitting the application, you will receive further information about the following steps. 

Step 2 - Parent Questionnaire

No one knows your child like you do! To help us better serve your child and family, parents will be asked to complete a Parent Questionnaire.

Step 3 - Admission Testing

In lieu of traditional admission testing due to COVID, Upper School applicants will submit standardized test scores from the previous 2 years. These may include EOY/EOG, PSAT, SAT or ERB. Additional virtual assessments or materials may be requested.

Step 4 - Teacher Recommendations

If your child is applying to Upper School (9th - 12th grade), two teacher recommendations will be required from their current Math and English teachers after the first marking period.

It is the family's responsibility to give these forms to their child's current teacher/school. 

Step 5 - Report Cards

After December 1, parents will need to provide copies of the applicant's current report card and from the two previous years (if applicable). These should include any standardized testing scores. 

We do not request official transcript copies until a student formally enrolls at Greensboro Day School. 

Step 6 - School Visits

COVID regulations prohibit us from hosting non-GDS students for visit days. Applicants will have a virtual interview with an Upper School Faculty member. 

Step 7 - Writing Sample

Upper School applicants must submit a writing sample from previous academic work. This piece could be an essay or paper prepared and submitted for a grade (we do not need the graded piece).

Applicants will also be asked to complete a writing prompt, provided by the Admission Office. 

Enrollment Timeline


January 22
The enrollment process begins for students returning to GDS. Upon contract submission and applicable deposit paid, enrollment is complete. All enrollment contracts are due within 14 days of receipt.
February 5
The priority deadline for current students; The enrollment process opens for new students admitted to GDS. All enrollment contracts are due within 14 days of receipt. 
February 5 - March 19
The enrollment process continues for returning and new students. Spaces will close once enrollment reaches capacity and at that point, wait pools will form.
March 19
The priority deadline for returning and new students to be considered for homeroom placement, art and language electives, and course requests.
March 19 - June 15
Late period for rolling admission and enrollment for both new and returning students; Homeroom placement, elective choices, and course requests will be determined by availability.
June 15
Withdrawal deadline. Families who withdraw their contract(s) after June 15 will be contractually obligated to pay the 2021-22 tuition for the school year regardless of attendance. The June 15 deadline is earlier than in years past and necessary to help us best plan sections, class size, and hiring.
June 15 - August 25 (First Day of School)
Late period for rolling admission and enrollment for both new and returning students. Homeroom placement, elective choices, and course requests will be determined by availability.

Notification Dates

Applications for Middle and Upper School are accepted throughout the year if space is available. Initial decisions for completed applications are made on the first of February, and continue throughout the spring and summer on a rolling basis. Once all of an application is complete, you can expect a decision within 2 weeks. Admission decisions are made separately from decisions about need-based financial assistance.


We want this process to be as easy as possible for you and your family. We realize that different families have different needs, and we have designed our admissions process to reflect that knowledge. Choosing a school for your child is one of the most important decisions you can make. The faculty and staff at Greensboro Day School look forward to helping you in any way we can.
Greensboro Day School develops the intellectual, ethical, and interpersonal foundations students need to become constructive contributors to the world.