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Resources for International Students

Greensboro Day School offers a variety of support and services for international students, such as an international advisor, assistance in making travel and visa arrangements, and guidance in the college application process.

The GDS faculty recognizes the special needs and concerns of international students and their families. They take pride in providing support and guidance in all areas of cultural adjustment as students get accustomed to the United States educational system, school, and community life. Students enrolled in the program find a wonderful sense of community at GDS where diversity is widely celebrated.

International Student Entry into the United States

In order for an international student holding a foreign passport to enroll at a school in the United States, they must obtain an F-1 (or student) visa. Greensboro Day School is approved by the Department of Homeland Security to provide an I-20 to newly enrolled students; a document an international student will need in order to apply for the F-1 Visa. For more information please visit the state department website

New International Student Orientation

New international GDS students arrive early on campus to attend a special orientation to ease their transition into their new cultural and academic environment and to take placement testing (see description below).

English as a Second Language (ESL)

For students who do not have the required English proficiency, GDS offers Advanced Intermediate and Advanced English as Second Language level classes. A student's eligibility for enrollment in these classes will be determined based on preliminary testing during orientation.

International Student Support

Mr. Don Lahey is the International Student Advisor. He is the international students’ primary contact for academics. I-20 questions should be addressed to Mr. David Gilbert.

Dress Code

Greensboro Day School does not require uniforms for its students. Students are asked to dress in a modest, appropriate manner.

University Placement

A true university preparatory institution, Greensboro Day School emphasizes helping students build a solid foundation for their undergraduate experience and life beyond university through our college counseling program. The program for students regarding college selection begins in the 9th grade. Meetings begin in the 11th grade. The GDS College Counseling Office is dedicated to serving each student as an individual. They will work together to find the right match in a college or university, one that best suits the student’s academic and personal strengths.
“Coming to Greensboro Day School was a right choice for me to prepare for college. The teachers’ skills are outstanding.  Everybody wants to get into a good college and GDS helps you achieve that goal. GDS is one of the reasons that I became a member of Wake Forest University Class of 2017! There are lots of after-school activities that you can participate in GDS. I was in the high school musical drama and cheerleading for two years. You will have a fantastic experience when you become a member of any club, program or sport. Pick one that you like, join it and explore it!”
--Xueyi Peng ‘13
Greensboro Day School develops the intellectual, ethical, and interpersonal foundations students need to become constructive contributors to the world.