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International Students 

Greensboro Day School (GDS) welcomes enthusiastic and vibrant applicants for admission from around the world. In fact, international students from over a dozen different countries attend Greensboro Day. We are pleased that you are considering GDS for your education. We value the diversity, talent and perspective our international students bring to our school. We encourage you to take time to explore the Greensboro Day School website for an in-depth look at our unique programs.  We look forward to getting to know you.  As always, please do not hesitate to call or email the Admission Office with any questions.

Here is what two recent Greensboro Day School graduates say about our school:

“Coming to Greensboro Day School was the right choice for me to prepare for college. The teaching skills and the responsibilities are outstanding.  Everybody wants to get into a good college. And this is the place to help you to reach that goal. GDS is one of the reasons I became a member of the Wake Forest University Class of 2017! Of course, everything is based on you being hard-working. There are lots of after school activities you can participate in at GDS. I was in a high school musical drama and on the cheerleading squad for two years, and enjoyed them a lot! 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

“I've had a really good experience at Greensboro Day School. Before I came here I thought studying in America would be easy if I survived the Chinese education system. Obviously I was wrong. You will need to do well on every test, quiz and homework to get a solid grade, not just on your final exam. There is a lot more than just remembering equations in textbooks. You will get the chance to do the labs by yourself, which is interesting but more challenging. You can actually apply what you have learned from books to real life rather than just get right answers and good grades. Also, GDS encourages students to develop their talents like music, art and sports. We have fantastic concerts, an art gallery, and games. GDS is a great transfer from high school to college. I will say you will never regret choosing GDS.”   Taoran Yu '13

Yibo Zheng, Class of 2015, joined Greensboro Day School in August of 2012.  Yibo is originally from Shantou, Guangdong Province.  He is served as the Senior Class President.  Click here to read the speech written by Yibo and presented to his classmates as part of the Student Council election process.

Apply for Admission to Greensboro Day School

The Greensboro Day School Office of Admission and Enrollment looks forward to receiving your application. We strongly prefer all applications be completed by March 1st.

The following 8 items are required to complete your application to Greensboro Day School. If you have questions, please contact Randy Doss, Director of Admission, at 336.288.8590 or by email at

Required for Application – All documents should be translated in English.

  • Application for Admission
  • English teacher recommendation 
  • Math teacher recommendation 
  • Official transcript - current report card and two previous years.
  • Student letter, translated into English - Please attach a short letter describing yourself, why you have chosen to pursue your academic goals in the United States, and any expectations you may have about living and studying in America.  Be sure the letter is labeled, "Student Letter," and your name is clearly written at the top.  
  • Testing - TOEFL
  • Personal or Skype Interview
  • Certificate of Deposit/Parents ID certificate. This certifies the student has the total cost for enrolling at Greensboro Day School in a bank.  The estimated cost for the 2017-2018 year of study at Greensboro Day School is approximately $39,000.  This includes home stay, tuition, fees, administrative fee, and estimates for books and travel.


We work with an agency in China called New Oasis. Please contact them for more information on the international programs at Greensboro Day School. 

New Oasis International Education
Contact: Julianne Cabour

This organization does an excellent job of collecting the necessary documents. They also assist in finding host families.

About our School & Curriculum


International Student Services
Greensboro Day School offers a variety of support services for international students, such as an international student advisor and guidance in the university application process.

The GDS faculty recognize the special needs and concerns of international students and their families. We take pride in providing support and guidance in all areas of cultural and language adjustment as students become familiar with the United States and school community. Enrolled students 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 a the F-1 Visa. For more information please visit the state department website


New International Student Orientation
New international students to GDS arrive early on campus to attend a special orientation to ease their transition into their new cultural and academic environment and to complete any necessary placement testing.


English as a Second Language (ESL)
Greensboro Day School offers an outstanding English as a Second Language (ESL) program that is designed to meet the needs of students at the intermediate and advanced levels. At Greensboro Day School, ESL is a course to assist international students in their academic subjects and to facilitate their use of English. All new international students start the year in ESL. The primary syllabus of the ESL class will be that of each student’s academic subjects with emphasis in English, History, Science, and Health. Classes will be limited to no more than four ESL students, allowing for mentoring, personal interaction, and individualized instruction from the teacher. 

International Student Support
Admission inquiries, including I-20 questions, should be addressed to Randy Doss at

Once a student arrives at GDS, David Gilbert is the International Student Coordinator. You may reach him at He is the international students’ primary contact for academic and school life support.


Laptop Computers
International students at Greensboro Day School will need a school issued laptop to participate in our classes. While you may bring a computer from your country, please understand all GDS academic work must be completed on a GDS computer.

Upper School students will receive their laptops upon arrival at school. Families of Upper School students will be billed the total cost (approximately $1,500) for the current laptop model being used on campus. Students will own these laptops and take them with them when they graduate.

Middle School students will be given a GDS laptop upon arrival at school. Families with Middle School students will lease the computers from the school and will be billed an annual fee to cover laptop use. These students will be asked to return these computers when they leave Middle School.


Students may purchase school supplies, personal items, athletic footwear, clothing and other necessities here.


Bengal Café and Dining Hall
The Bengal Café offers lunch daily. Funds for lunch and study break food is not included in the tuition and fee costs. International students can provide funds to an electronic account so they can pay for their food as they purchase it.


Dress Code
Greensboro Day School does not require uniforms for its students. Students are asked to dress in a modest, appropriate manner which will be demonstrated at international student orientation.


University Placement
As a true university preparatory institution, Greensboro Day School emphasizes helping students build a solid foundation for their undergraduate experience and life beyond university studies through a unique Dean program. Beginning in ninth grade each students are assigned a Dean as well as an academic advisor. Deans stay with students throughout their time at GDS and is the first contact for many issues including university selection. The GDS Upper School Deans are dedicated to serving each student as an individual. They will work together to find the right university match and one that best suits the student’s academic and personal strengths.

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