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PK-12|Private
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Davidson Day School was founded in 1999 in the heart of educationally historic Davidson, North Carolina, just down the street from Davidson College. Davidson Day is an independent school that serves over 500 students from 2 years old through 12th grade and is accredited by the Southern Association of Independent Schools as well as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The School is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools. Davidson Day cultivates academic excellence through collaboration, creativity, and character development. Each student is offered an active, challenging learning environment through our broad array of programs. We strive for our students to be: Independent thinkers who articulate their ideas with confidence Students who advocate for themselves and others Engaged students who take intellectual risks Critical thinkers who are enthusiastic problem solvers Lifelong learners who chart their own paths in college and life Respectful ethical citizens who are adept at addressing global challenges To achieve these goals, we keep our class sizes small (average student: teacher ratio is 9:1), so our students benefit from individualized attention. Many of our teachers and administrators also lead artistic endeavors, coach sports and sponsor co-curricular clubs, so that they get to develop strong personal relationships with students in a range of settings. The School also has a Learning and Enrichment Center that offers assistance to students with learning differences as well as enrichment opportunities for students who are ready to move more quickly. Beyond its strong academic program, the School has a robust performing arts program including drama, music and band, performing in a newly renovated theater. We offer a rich assortment of athletic opportunities for Middle and Upper School students. Davidson Day also offers 7th-12th graders the chance to study abroad in archaeological field schools in Belize and Spain. In Upper School, our College Counselor helps students chart a path to the college of best fit, ensuring they are successful and fulfilled once they graduate from Davidson Day School.
November 13, 2013

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Handles bullying effectively: Neutral


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No real issue that I was aware of.

Supports LD students: Neutral


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I am not sure with this, we didn't have any learning problems.


Effective school leaders: Strongly disagree


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4 headmasters in 7 years. School board that hides behind closed doors.

Develops character: Agree


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Honor code, pushing kids to exceed with their talents.

Teacher effectiveness: Agree


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Think small college professors who treat the upper school as equals.


Amount of homework: Neutral


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Feel it was not overwhelming. Work life balance.



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It was amazing! Going on the 4th headmaster in 7 years, losing their football program after 4 championship seasons. 18,000 a year no stadium, no field, and no work-out room. If you want a small school with non-competitive sports this is your home. The school board is invisible, no transparency a headmaster who is an elitist. The teachers are amazing and we will miss the many great staffers who make this school so awesome. We were here for the whole package academics and athletics. The school could've been the elite school of the North corridor. Taking steps backward now...



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Davidson Day has struggled since it's inception in 1999 to be relevant among the area schools. They always had openings. Academically they promised catering to individual needs of each student, they could not deliver on that, so families left. A new headmaster welcomed competitive sports by expanding into football. She hired recognized coaches that won state titles. As a result, there became a waitlist for the 1st time. These above average athletes parents demanded academics be improved, which they did compared to other private options in area at that time. Around 2008 Charter schools began to open near, and the academic edge was lost to college prep tuition free charter schools. We've had 4 headmasters in 6 years - we came for the whole child experience of sports & academics. Sadly, Jan. 1st DDay new headmaster, as of Fall 2016, adopted the policy of "every child gets a trophy" and decided to just offer sports - not competitive anymore - they are trying to close down the football program to make way for more arts. If you are a liberal elite and love paying for a school that has absolutely no facilities - you've found your home !! I agree with the previous post of cheating.. you will see this is a big problem here, as well as drugs and skipping school. Board members students are exempt from school policies - they get caught with drugs on class trip and literally nothing happens, while others were kicked out. It is a corrupt system being led by corrupt people.. Should be plenty of openings as all students with athletic abilities are transferring out.


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It like public in that one size fits all.

Develops character: Disagree


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Last modified Davidson Day School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
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