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1345 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803

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3 stars
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August 29, 2014
I had my son in this school for couple of years .he experienced a non welcoming and rude enviroment in the school .he is an A+ and a well behaved student .he was called in office 5 or 6 times on a behavior complains and then they call parents to office and lecture them in a pretty strict and unprofessional tone .they also like to threat parents every time if they are not in a good mood .later we found out that the complains were from the kids of teachers and they responded without any efforts to find out that who did that .one of the reason for that was also because of the diversity .he is not white so he will be in trouble every time if something happens .my son is in public school .he won 6 awards in his elementary and I see a big smile on his face when he talk about his current public school .almost everyday he says that "I have the best teachers in my class ".so my advice to the parents ......please if you have a good public school in your district then that will be the best for your child .don't go for this private school.every year they are increasing fee and student enrollment is going doing because of their poor performance and poor choice of administration.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2014
This school pales in comparison to the public schools in my district. Both my husband and I attended Carolina Day and started our children there in kindergarden as well expecting them to go all the way through high school. My daughter did fine though didnt seem very challenged, but my son had reading difficulties that were never caught by his teachers. With the smaller class sizes I would have hoped a teacher would have poiinted this out to me. I suspected and later learned that one of his teachers was basically deaf in one ear and the other either didn't care or was checked out. I pulled both my kids from Carolina Day and sent them to the public school near our home after hearing rave reviews from our neighbors. Both of my children have excelled there and have told me they are challenged so much more than at Carolina Day. I don't pretend that all public schools are excellent - most have a lot of work to do. But I am so happy with the public schools (elementary and high school especially) in my area and am grateful that my son's earlier reading issue led me to give them a chance!

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2014
This school is amazing and the primary focus is well centered on the children and how to teach according to their learning styles keeping the environment challenging and safe. Greatest school in the area.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2014
My son has been at Key School for 2 years now, and it has been just what he needed. An excellent fit. He went from being a boy terrified, and discouraged with respect to reading, to a boy who always has a book in his hands! He loves it there, and the other students and the teachers "get" how he is wired. I highly recommend it. I wish it were a lower cost to be more in reach for all, but the school does community outreach, & has a pool of great tutors at their "tutoring connection". We are not elitist or wealthy; the school has been very supportive of our son's learning and nurturing his gifts. We appreciate their positive view of students with learning differences!

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2014
I am bewildered by the wide range of reviews. It's either the best or the worst. No school is perfect for every child. It is always difficult to be part of a new school especially after many of the students have been together since p-k. I have had 2 children and now my 4 grandchildren attend this school. I sat on the board and havebeen part of parents group. One thing that never changes is the caring and talented teachers. Both my children did well in college and felt well prepared. One grandchild just completed 2 years at Key school and has entered the Middle school where he is excited about going to school everyday. They recognized that he might be having difficulty in Kindergarden. A plan was put in place and carefully monitored. Are the facilities bright and shiny with every gadget that has come along, no. What they do have are well trained teachers who get the most out of each child. They realize every child doesn't learn the same way and work with their talents. I think if you are interested, set up an appointment and judge for yourself. It may be the perfect place for your child.

- submitted by a community member
January 08, 2014
i had my son in this school .he never liked it since the first day .very rude and ignorant environment .curriculum is not according to the grade standard .this school can not compete a good public school .public schools runs on the organized system while this school has nothing like that .i do not recommend this school to anyone.worst ever school i have ever seen

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2013
I am both a parent of a child at the Key School and a public educator. The Key School has been a truly remarkable experience for my daughter. She was very successful in public school (A's & 4's on EOG's), but I could tell she wasn't enjoying school. The Key School focuses on a child's strengths, while providing a comprehensive multi-sensory program for her dyslexia. We tried the public school route with tutoring, but she was exhausted from the hours of tutoring after school. Now, she has a differentiated program during school and has the energy to EXCEL in sports and other activities after school. We aren't "rich" and I have to work to put her through school. Every day, I am thankful that we have the Key School in Asheville.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2013
I have had a wonderful experience at Carolina Day. The school has consistently provided intellectually and academically advanced child the enrichment and acceleration that she has needed over the years. The school is flexible and looks at the needs of the whole child to provided appropriate accommodations for exceptional and twice exceptional children. I highly recommend it for a rich educational experience.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2013
Spent 2 years at this school (after receiving a partial scholarship for our gifted 2nd grader). Though the curriculum is taught at a higher level than public school, there was no plan in place for gifted students - no AIG program. Our child was consistently sent to the office for "behavioral" problems where we were lectured to by the lower school principal in a condescending tone and eventual threatened expulsion with the undertone that we needed to medicate. It was not until the 2nd semester that we learned that the teacher was having issues and took a leave of absence. Still CDS never took responsibility for the poor experience. If you have an average to slightly above average student and a hugely above average bank account, I suppose this school may work out for you. Go to the staff directory first and see if you can find a person of color, if diversity in education means anything to you.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2013
Carolina Day School is a little gem of a school. CDS serves 650 students from pre-K through 12. It has the best student-teacher ratios around; many classrooms have teacher assistants. Students get plenty of one-on-one attention, and receive extra help in subjects that challenge them. If a topic sparks special interest, teachers encourage that student and support him in pursuing it further. The quality of education is unparalleled. The challenging curriculum gives upper school students an edge when applying for college. The Key School (a separate part of CDS) offers specialized assistance to students with learning differences. Carolina Day imparts the virtues of honesty, integrity, compassion, and working hard to achieve one's goals to its students. CDS reaches out into to the community, stressing volunteerism to help prepare its charges to be future leaders. Carolina Day feels like family. It is a close-knit, welcoming community. Parents and alumni are very involved and enjoy participating in the classroom. My daughter has blossomed at Carolina Day - personally, socially and academically. I would highly recommend it to any family looking for high-quality, personalized education.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2013
The best education in town. We have three kids there and they enjoy going to school, being challenged academically and having wonderful opportunity in sports.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2013
Carolina Day is an amazing school! They are kind, whole-child focused, innovative educators who continue to impress me at every step. I am blessed to have one child completing his 3 years at the Key School and three other children in various divisions of the school. I have been delighted as a parent. I see such loving teachers who truly love what they do and the kids seem so happy - both challenged and supported. I would say, please understand that many contented parents don't leave a review because they aren't looking at this website. The school is remarkable.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2013
The Key School is too small, never any room, and pretty run down for the high price tag of $25,000. Get yourself an Orton Gillingham Trained Tutor, and do not bother with this place. They have nerve. They do not pay the teachers anywhere NEAR what they are worth. 3 kids per reading class, 10 or more in Math...not what you think it is going to be. High turnover. Rude, arrogant, rednecks.

- submitted by a community member
June 07, 2013
Let's get this out of the way, Carolina Day is a "rich kid" school, and at around $20,000 a year, per child, how could it not be? But that being said, it is a wonderful school, with strong academics and teachers who truly care about the "whole" child. No school is perfect, but CDS comes pretty close. I've had children in both the Lower School and the Middle School, and have been very happy with the education both of them have received. The MS is particular is excellent at conflict resolution and very proactive in discouraging bullying. The kids are rather pampered, but for the most part they are really good kids. I plan on keeping mine there through high school.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2013
Loved the school for awhile until it began to focus on the richest of the rich. Tuition increases. Love the community and the people and for those whom the tuition is pocket change, great school. For those who work hard to make the tuition, can't keep up with the increases.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2013
I enrolled my son two years ago , he find hard time in making friends , also the environment is rude and administration is well know of making unjustified decisions . This school always favor those whose parents work their , There is a bunch of upper class (rich) people who do not welcome new kids into their circle , they always make a boundary between them and other kids .Pretty rude and non welcoming environment .The principal and her assistant are pretty mean ladies . They can do what ever they want and no one can raise questions against them . Now my sone is in public school and is friend with his whole class . The teachers admire him and he love to go to school every single morning .

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2013
The Key School at Carolina Day was extremely disappointing and financially cumbersome; made all the more frustrating by the arrogance of the Administration at Carolina Day School.

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2012
For all of the bonuses of Carolina Day, including many fine teachers, this school is over-hyped. A few teachers, though, are downright hostile towards students. The education offered, especially in the middle school, is not nearly worth the fortune paid for it. Of course, if your child is a self-motivated student then their situation may be fine. However, many genuinely outstanding students are not challenged appropriately. Discipline is quite lax in the middle and upper schools. Parents are not welcome on middle school field trips where something always "happens" and might not have occurred if more adults were present. Repeated administrative firings, meant to spur the school in new directions, have eroded morale and confidence in recent years. The Key School is the growth component of CDS. The middle school program is hardly "college prep." Individual families may find differences, based on their income and perceived social status. Still, I might have given 4 stars, were it not for the price tag.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2012
I've been a student at this school since Pre-K (I'm now a senior,) and I'm so thankful that my parents were able to send me here. Every school has its flaws, and I'll admit that CDS is a little too obsessed with keeping a good image and that some people are snooty. However, if a student is willing, CDS also provides a fantastic education. I feel much more prepared for college than many of my peers at other nearby schools. I love all my teachers and actually enjoy going to class. Furthermore, CDS is a great school for strengthening writing skills and also for promoting service in the community. In the upper school, there is a strong feeling of trust. People leave their iPhones and laptops sitting out without fear of them being stolen. Teachers take your word for the truth, and the honor code upholds integrity. I'll admit that some groups of students are better than others, and you always run the risk that your kid will be in a small class with some not-so-nice kids (especially in middle school.) But mean kids are easy to avoid, and there are plenty of nice ones to befriend. Bottom line: CDS is a great place for people who like to learn.

- submitted by a community member
November 20, 2011
CDS is a fantastic school. Our kids are in the upper school now and we have had wonderful enriching experiences! Teachers and administrators are realistic and solid. Theater program amazing. Spirts and clubs great!

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2011
Never consider this school for your child, I had the worst experience ever, I will never let my child stay there for 1 more second

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2011
This school is nothing more than rude kids, non welcoming teacher. Worst experience ever. I hope we never send our child there.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2010
Key School at Carolina Day has been one of our most difficult experiences. Buyer be ware.

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2010
My two children have been enrolled at Carolina Day School for the past 11 years. We have had an amazing experience at CDS. My children have had the usual ups and downs of 'growing-up" but we have had great support from every teacher and administrator along the way. As my children have transitioned into the Upper School, I continue to be grateful for the excellent preparation they receive as they progress from one division to another. My children are thriving and becoming people I feel very proud of, in large part thanks to CDS and the caring faculty and staff.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2010
Our three children graduated from CDS - the youngest in 2009. One question other parents often ask about is our kids'preparation for college. Each of our kids chose academically challenging schools - Williams College, NYU - Tisch School of the Arts and Yale. I had real concerns about their ability to handle these challenges. I didn't need to be worried - the incredible faculty at CDS made sure they were more than ready. Our kids knew how to study and organize their time. They placed out of many freshmen classes and entered on a sophomore level. They were asked to tutor other students in writing skills and they have each excelled in their chosen fields. Even better - all three have had or are having fun and have been incredibly happy with their choice of a college.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2010
I have two boys who have been at CDS since Pre-K. Their education has been exceptional, not only academically, but by learning to be good citizens, stewards of our planet, and responsible adults. Now my youngest is getting ready to transition to the Middle School. Since we have already done this once with his older brother, I am confident that the turbulent middle school years will be met with understanding and compassion, from an excellent faculty and staff who have so much experience with middle school children, and with challenge of strong academics, provided for both the individual and team effort. I must also say that these teachers KNOW my child. When my son was struggling, emails were exchanged & meetings set up to come up with a plan to keep him on track. He finished the year with straight A's after working with his teacher to make it happen.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2010
I have been thrilled with the education my daughter has received at Carolina Day School. She started in the public school system, but was working so hard to stay with the class. We requested testing through the public school and with the results they said they would have to wait until she FAILED in 3rd or 4th grade in order to help her. We immediately looked at the Key School at CDS and have never looked back. Now my daughter is a rising Freshman and will transition to the Upper School. We feel she is well prepared to attend the Upper School and are pleased with the special programs they have in place for kids with learning differences. We are confident she will be successful, because the teachers are dedicated to helping her achieve to her highest potential. I am so glad we found Carolina Day!

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2010
My son started at Carolina Day as a pre-schooler and loved it. At the beginnig of first grade he was diagnosed with dsylexia and moved to the Key School. Wow - this has changed his life and ours. The transition was very smooth and my son's reading has improved beyond my hopes. He now says "I am a reader!" I don't see how anyone can consider Carolina Day School not welcoming to all types of kids and families when they developed the Key School specifically to meet the needs of students with learning differences. The teachers are caring and great at what they do, they are there because they love what they do. I hope my sons stays at Carolina Day through high school.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2010
Sent our youngest daughter here as an alternative to Asheville Middle School. CDS does an excellent job of nurturing middle schoolers. The academic side leaves much to be desired. Both my wife and I attended private schools and both of our older daughters attended private schools for elementary. With the exception of the public middle school this is the worst educational facility we have ever experienced. We transfered our daughter out of CDS after making mediocre grades for 3 years into the public high school. We enrolled her into AP and honors level classes and she is all honor roll as a Sophomore. In addition she has had more homework over the summer break then she did in the entire three years at CDS. Don't get me wrong CDS has a few excellent teachers per grade. Their failure at $16,000.00 a year is that they all aren't Excellent.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2009
My daughter attended Carolina Day last year and we hate this school!! There is too much emphasis placed on monitary values and not enough on education. We switched to a private Christian school and love it there! The parents at CDS are snobby and not welcoming to new families! Horrible school not worth what you pay for it....it is just another status symbol!

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I love CDS. All my sisters have graduated from here and I plan to do the same. We, CDS, are a close knit community who help each other at all cost. Really not 'snobby', but open to newcomers! Hope to see you here!

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October 19, 2005
By far the best private school our child has attended, including California and Hawaii. Many students go all the way from pre-K to 12th grade.Everyone is treated like family, including newcomers! and-the kids are not 'snobby or entitled'!

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March 22, 2004
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Carolina Day School
1345 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, NC  28803
Last modified Carolina Day School is a Private school that serves grades K-12
Carolina Day School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 37 reviews.