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Step 1 - Application

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.

Upper School Parent Questionnaire


Step 3 - Admission Testing

All Upper School applicants are required to take a grade-normed admission test. Testing is scheduled by appointment only and will be coordinated by the Admission Office. 


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. Teachers will email or mail these forms directly to GDS after the first marking period.

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

Grades 9-12 Math Teacher Information Form

Grades 9-12 English Teacher Information Form

Step 5 - Report Cards

Parents will need to request copies of the applicant's current grades and from the two previous years (if applicable). After December 1, you will complete and sign a Transcript Release form and deliver it to your child's current school.

Transcript Request

Step 6 - School Visits

Each applicant is required to visit our school for a full day. Visits allow applicants to experience a typical day of school at GDS. Students will visit their current grade, and complete a short writing, math, and reading assessment. Applicants will also have the opportunity to meet with one of our Upper School Administrators. Once the application has been submitted, we will contact you to schedule the visit.

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).

Step 8 - Interview

Each Upper School applicant will interview with a member of the Admission Office or an Upper School Faculty member during the visit day or testing date.

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.