"Gaston Day School is best known for its college preparatory education"
Students enrolled 520
Hours 8:00am - 3:15 pm
School leader Dr. Richard Rankin
Transportation options Yes
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2001 Gaston Day School Road
Gastonia, NC 28056

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(704) 864-7744
(704) 865-3813
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4 stars
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June 19, 2014
I have two children; one of whom is a student in a local public high school (his choice). My youngest began GDS as a kindergartner in 2013. As a parent who has had children in both private and public school systems, I can unequivocally say that the education my youngest child is receiving at GDS is far and away the very best and the most well rounded that the area has to offer. What does my family find so appealing about GDS? Challenging academics. Forward thinking methods of teaching reading, mathematics and writing. Emphasis on critical thinking in all areas of instruction. Teachers who know my child---truly know him---and care about not only his education but also his emotional well being. Administrators who know my child by name and welcome him to school with huge smiles each day. Frequent updates and contact with both teachers and administration. An extremely active PTA. Extracurricular activities that are well planned and supported by parents, teachers and administrators. Excellent after school care and summer camp with awesome staff . For these reasons and many more we are excited to be returning to Gaston Day this fall. -E. Cahill

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2014
As a parent of a student who graduated from Gaston Day School in 2012 and one who will graduate in 2015, I agree with the majority of the reviews but was AMUSED at the review regarding the colleges that students go on to attend. Dartmouth, Princeton, Northwestern University, Boston University, Vassar, NYU, Georgetown, George Washington University, Emory and more seems like an amazing list of schools to me. These are schools that are currently attended by recent GDS graduates. The elitism and ignorance of some people never ceases to amaze me! Many students, along with their parents, make decisions to go to quality state supported schools for their undergraduate studies and spend the larger tuition bills on their graduate schools. Gaston Day prepares our children for college in ways that is invaluable....our students continuously return to thank their teachers for what they did to prepare them. I know my child has sent many messages back to teachers and whenever is back home never ceases to return to GDS to visit faculty. Both of my children are "lifers" meaning they started and finished their education at Gaston Day and it was money very well spent!

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2014
What an amazing year we have had at Gaston Day. My son's Kidergarden teacher and assistant are excellent. They have focused on teaching him subjects as well as teaching him social behavioral skills and life lessons. They are very communicative so I always feel like I am connected to his daily activities and know how I can assist at home. The have nurtured my son and he has such a love and respect for them, as well as the administration. He rides the bus and that has been a huge time saver for me and a great way for him to meet other GDS students in our area. We are very happy with our school choice.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2014
I graduated from Gaston Day in 2002 and was fully prepared when I attended college. Before attending Gaston Day, I went to another Independent School and it was not living up to what was promised--hence me going to Gaston Day. I am still in contact with teachers and fellow classmates from my time there. The school is a safe and caring place that will push you in ways you did not know existed. I am a better adult because of my time at Gaston Day and it spurned my interest to be a teacher myself. I would highly recommend Gaston Day to anyone. The facilities are beautiful and the teaching is top notch and it is only going to get better.

- submitted by a community member
November 24, 2013
As a Gaston Day Alum, I can say I whole heartedly enjoyed my nine years at GDS. Its combination of great academics and outstanding athletics certainly are impressive, but what sets GDS apart in my mind is the faculty and staff who truly are invested in every students well-being. I can honestly say that I had some of the most caring teachers who I still keep in touch with five years later. GDS values the whole student and truly prepares every student for college and beyond. If you are looking for a place where everyone knows your child's name and is invested not only in their education but also their overall well-being then GDS is the perfect place.

- submitted by a community member
November 13, 2013
When choosing a school for our children 18 years ago, we decided to invest in our children's future. It's been a fantastic investment in character development, study skills, college preparation and global consciousness. Our older son is now a senior at UNC Chapel Hill, a double major in Finance and English, president of the Kenan-Flagler undergrad business school's Marketing Club and a Director of their Finance Society; he studied Mandarin in Beijing, interned in NYC. He's interviewing for jobs now; he's been flown to Jax, Florida and now Santa Monica, California by interviewing firms. He will tell you that he was fully prepared for the rigors of successful college academics. Our younger son is a senior at Gaston Day this year where his teachers and counselors are assisting him as he makes college choices (UNC, USC, Duke, NYU) and prepares for interviews and applications. But they don't do the work for him; they are there as resources and to guide in his journey. The school encourages the students to try new opportunities and discover the best within them. At Gaston Day, it's "cool" to be smart and prepare for college! We are grateful every day that we chose Gaston Day!

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2013
Gaston Day provided a wonderful school experience, I was a student there for 10 years and let me just say that it is the best education I could have imagined. Now that I'm in college I use lessons I learned at GDS every day in my classes and in my social life. Thanks to Gaston Day I have wonderful memories of grade school and I am making fantastic memories in college.

- submitted by a community member
November 11, 2013
My wife and I love the new direction of the upper school. Kudos Mr. Rainey! The school is in great hands.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2013
Our family has nothing but great things to say about Gaston Day. Rigorous academics, fantastic teachers and strong leadership are just a few of Gaston Day's strengths. Our children love the close knit environment. We have watched our children become independent, compassionate, learned and well-rounded while at Gaston Day. Choosing Gaston Day is one of the best decisions we have ever made.

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2013
Gaston Day could be a great school. For the most part, the teachers are kind, compassionate, and hard-working. However, administrators make curricular and academic decisions in order to placate delusional parents. The school fears the loss of their paying student population, most of whom are truly just above average students at best. Purporting to be the highest performing prep school in the region is really no feat when you consider careful analysis of local SAT scores including socioeconomic factors that would contribute to depressed public school scores. GDS uses lots of buzz words and lots of spin, but little actual substance. Also, I am fairly certain that a few of these posts testifying to be parents are actually school administrators. The writing style is very obvious.

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2013
Gaston Day School is increasingly developing a reputation for tolerating bullying in the school. While the school has traditionally had a reputation for academic excellence, the behavioral problems tolerated by school leaders have resulted in a very different public opinion in recent years. We are one of several families to remove children from the school due to this concern. The curriculum is of little benefit to a child who is afraid in the classroom.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2013
Vanderbilt, Davidson, Washington and Lee, UCLA, Boston University, St. Lawrence, and William and Mary do not sound so shabby to me! These are a few of the schools to which this year's graduates were accepted! I know quite a few of these graduates as they are good friends of my own children....who, by the way, successfully completed their educations at Gaston Day and were accepted to attend prestigious colleges. Additionally, the preparation given these young people, both in academics and in life skills/character development, is far and away better than anything they could get anywhere else in the vicinity. As a parent, I can say wholeheartedly that the tuition dollars spent at Gaston Day were the best investment I have made in my children's futures! My children were unbelievably prepared for the rigors of college, and oftimes stated that others in their midst were completely dazed by college work. Gaston Day, keep up the good work!! You are a gem!

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2013
My two children both graduated from Gaston Day School. Although neither one of my children attended and Ivy, I will say that they did attend highly selective schools and both received substantial scholarships, something our entire family appreciates and something the Ivy's do not provide. Both of my children were able to earn extra money in college as tutors thanks to their Gaston Day School foundation. I would hope that folks are not so narrow minded to assume that an undergraduate Ivy education is going to be a golden ticket for anyone. Gaston Day prepares students for success. I don't for a second regret the tuition I paid to Gaston Day.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2013
As a parent of a recent graduate, I think it's an unfair characterization of Gaston Day School to suggest that the value of a private school education is related to a list of colleges. Our daughter was accepted into two prestigious colleges, but my wife and I simply couldn't afford the tuition. It's very elitist to base a child's success on acceptance to an Ivy League school. Because of GDS, my child was given the support and instruction to achieve national recognition in her writing. She made great friends and was able to intellectually engage in a way that I find unmatched amongst her peers at other schools.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2013
I was a student at GDS for 13 years and adored it. As an alumni, I am constantly welcomed back with open arms. Every teacher really took the time to make sure you understood the material, especially after hours. The level of trust and respect at the school is unlike any else. While the work load is intense, nothing else could have prepared me for the amount of work at college. GDS makes it easy to be involved in all aspects of the school. I was a 3 sport athlete and performed in the school's musical. The small community is really more of a family. GDS was the perfect fit for me.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2013
My son has attended Gaston Day for 8 years, and he loves this school. I have watched my son grow into a responsible, respectful and caring person. Over the years, his teachers have helped him strive to reach his full academic potential while nurturing his athletic and music skills. I am confident that my son's experience at Gaston Day will pave the way for his successful future.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2013
I have two children who have attended Gaston Day. My son attended for 5-years before deciding to transfer to the local high school in Gastonia. I attribute his success in college to his years at Gaston Day. My son's organization skills and learning patterns benefitted from the Learning Academy at Gaston Day. In lower and middle schools he learned to manage himself and maximize his abilities. My daughter has stayed at Gaston Day for high school and has surprised us with the strength of her SAT scores. By staying at Gaston Day, she is much more prepared for college than my son was. In public school very few students who take AP classes actually take the AP Exams. Due to lack of preperation by the teachers, they are told not to take the exams. Thus no college credit, just a high school GPA boost. At Gason Day, my daughter was well prepared and encouraged to excel. With roughly 500 students in grades Pre-K through 12, I believe that Gaston Day offers more diversity for a school its size than most. Both cutural diversity and diversity in academic ability. I highly recommend it for parents who have students of all abilities.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2013
This past week the list came out of where the recent grads are going to college. You would be disgusted to know after spending over 150k on your child's education, no one went to an Ivy League school? Some kids even went to local community colleges ( nothing against that but they could have done that going to public school and not a prep school). Sure some went to unc chapel hill, furman, Michigan state and Boston university but that's about it!

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2013
I am a former student who found the administrators and teachers oppressive of new ideas.

- submitted by a community member
October 30, 2012
I went to public schools around Gaston County from kindergarten through middle school. Every school was the same: the students hated being there and the teachers hated teaching there. When it came time to pick a high school, my parents decided to send me to Gaston Day School. I can honestly tell you that it was the best choice my family has ever made. Yes, Gaston Day has its problems: the drama level is increased due to the small size and there are some politics between those in higher income homes versus those in lower income homes. HOWEVER, I have never been in a community more passionate about learning than when I was there. The teachers all express love for their field of study and convey that love to their students. The school became my home and the teachers and staff became my family. When I needed help, they were there. When I simply needed someone to talk to, they were there. Now that I am a college student, I realized that I not only learned the subjects, but I learned how to properly study. I can not express in words how grateful I am to Gaston Day for the success I have had. Gaston Day is the best option for any student and do not let anyone tell you otherwise.

- submitted by a community member
October 10, 2012
I was accepted to Gaston Day School as a freshman in 2008 and I am a recent graduate of the class of 2012. First thing s first, GDS is not perfect. There were all kinds of issues with politics and administration when I was there, and I m sure there are still plenty to talk about. However, there is NOTHING that can outweigh the value of having four solid years with some of the most passionate and knowledgeable teachers in the southern region. GDS wasn t just my high school, it was my home. The teachers and staff, they were my friends and family. If you re looking for a challenge, an adventure, a place where you really do have the ability to explore the intellectual world, Gaston Day isn t the only option, but it s certainly an excellent place to start. Let me give you the best advice anyone will ever give you as a parent. If your child manages to get accepted and you can feasibly find a way to afford tuition. Do it. I promise you that you won t regret it. There may be some frustrations along the way, but in the end, if your child works hard and allows the faculty to impart their knowledge upon him or her, Gaston Day school will undoubtedly change your child s life.

- submitted by a community member
August 28, 2012
This place is underrated. I spent 12 years at Gaston Day School and I can't say that there were not times that I wished I had attended a different school. I can say that I applied to many well known boarding schools in the north east and was accepted, but I stayed at Gaston Day. I will never regret it. I am now a graduate of a prestigious university and am gainfully employed. The education I received put me at the top of my class and the college counselor was a knowledgeable ally during the application process. Teachers come and go. Students do the same. Gaston Day always provides an excellent staff of teachers that care for and challenge the students. Some students cannot handle it and that's too bad. Everyone can't be an academic fit. This isn't a public school we are talking about. Now GDS has 4 buildings offers services to help with learning difficulties, and it is safe! The athletic teams do well and the art department rakes in awards every year. If you can afford a better education for your child you ought to invest in a Gaston Day School education. If I still live in the area when I have children, there is nowhere else I would consider sending them.

- submitted by a community member
July 26, 2012
As a parent I was dissapointed in what was provided and dissapointed in what my child endured socially and academically. The nightly flow of tears from my child due to stress from teachers and some students was heart wrenching. The letters removing my child from activities due to low grades was the last straw. No way to HELP build confidence, more shame does not encourage anyone. I rate 2 stars.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2012
This school has the best academic programs offered in Gastonia. Your child/ren will be more than ready for college. The teachers are highly qualified and over qualified. This school is excellent!

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2011
When I graduated 2006, every department in middle and upper was well above average. From what I understand, in recent years many qualified teachers have left or were "let go" and their replacements were not equally as qualified. The English Department is the same and they are excellent teachers and care about students' individual needs and success. Most of the departments are not up to the standards they were 5 years ago. Also, there is a definite hierarchy in the placement of the students as well as there treatment. The students from more affluent families do get special treatment and during my day if you were there because of sports, you walked on water. *Overall, I would suggest Gaston Day but I would not say you are getting the best education that they have to offer. I give them a below average because they need to stop catering to what the parents want and more towards what the students need.*

- submitted by a community member
December 10, 2010
As a parent of fourth and second grade students at GDS I have nothing but great things to say. The teachers have been excellent and communicative. I see no signs of favoritism, and bullying is addressed quickly and directly. The family atmosphere is great, as a matter of fact we are on our way to see a varsity basketball game tonight! the administration is top notch. Our kids even love the food! We are looking forward to a long relationship with Gaston Day.

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2010
Posted today Gaston Day has always been a great school. The leadership there is excellent. One of the best after school programs in Gaston County also picks up at Gaston Day, Carolina Galaxy. I'm sure you will be very impressed with Gaston Day.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2010
My son entered this school in 8th grade. As a newbie he was welcomed with open arms by both staff and pupils alike. I have seen no evidence of favouritism towards anyone. My son is now a rising 12 grader and this has been far the best school he has attended. Small class sizes, reasonable tuition and a really family atmosphere. My son has loved his time at this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2010
We have had children at GDS over the last 10 years. In the past 7-8 years it has become, in my opinion, the best small school in the Charlotte region. Student-Faculty ratio is around 8:1 (in Charlotte it's usually 16:1) and the tuition is up to 40% less than what you'd pay in Charlotte. I think that's why we're seeing more and more Charlotte families sending their kids here. A well-kept secret, perhaps. Our kids have loved it there. And we don't donate much (more time than money) so I disagree with other posters about bias towards big donors. Only complaint would be to encourage kids to explore more far-reaching colleges - they definitely have the academic potential - seems like most kids just want to go to UNC (not a bad choice, obviously).

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2010
We were very unhappy at this school. Not very accepting of newcomers. Little to no effort made to involve or incorporate newbies. Rampant favoritism from the faculty towards childrens whose parents are considered large donors and zero assistance when it comes to bullying. We will not return.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 01, 2010
Gaston Day is a great school!! im son is in 8th grade over there and he loves it!! he gets a great education and it helps him with his dream of being a surgen! i love my son and the school!! thanks Gaston Day for being a huge part of my familes life :)

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2009
I love Gaston Day. I have been going there since I was about 5 or so. The teachers are really friendly and try to connect with students to make the learning experience fun and exciting. I am hoping to become a survivor and I am really excited for the adventures up ahead.

- submitted by a student
no rating November 05, 2009
I recently graduated from Gaston Day School in the class of 2009. I will say that Gaston Days's English Department is by far the best in the state and has overly prepared me for college english. Now that I have tha out of the way, Gaston Day provides mediocre science courses, sub-par math courses and is oddly selective in honors positions and class placements bases on how much a parent donates to the school. The workload is very rigorous which leads to the most stressed out high school students I have ever seen. The social experience is miserable. The students are fake and if there are disagreements there is no way to escape the person you have a problem with and you will most likely carry that hostility throughout the highschool career. Also, I feel that the school is more concerned with it's overall image rather than the inividual student.

- submitted by a student
October 11, 2009
My son transferred in to Gaston Day from another private school. He handled the transition well. For the most part the teachers do a good job. There are a few who shouldn't be working wth children. Overall we are content for now.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2009
Gaston Day is an awesome school! There's a ton of homework and essays but it's academically challenging, and I enjoy it. Gaston Day School is for people who are truly interested in learning, and it has a friendly and opening atmosphere. We have a lot of in class discussion and group work, which I think is great! I would definitely recommend that you send your child here if you're willing to pay the money and if your child is academically gifted. (I'm in middle school by the way, and have been going to Gaston Day for two years.)

- submitted by a student
January 25, 2009
I have two children at Gaston Day and believe that it is the best school in the greater Charlotte area. If offers an education that teaches students how to think and learn, not what to think and learn. The faculty is top notch and consistently goes out of its way to create lifelong learning relationships with its students. Gaston Day's extra-curricular offering are outstanding all-around as well. Whether your child is an athlete, artist, thespian or scientist, they will thrive in this student centered atmosphere!

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no rating June 03, 2008
We have a 2008 graduate from Gaston Day School that has attended since Kindergarten. He received not only a first rate education but has student and teacher relationships that will last a lifetime. We would not hesitate to do it all over again!

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January 16, 2008
We have a five year old in Kindergarten and love Gaston Day. The special programs like Books, Brains, and Beyond really add to our child's educational experience.

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September 09, 2003
I searched many schools and still can back to this one. I am impressed with the leadership and teaching that each of the teachers express. I would highly recommend this school. I am a Kindergarten parent.

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Gaston Day School
2001 Gaston Day School Road, Gastonia, NC  28056
(704) 864-7744
Last modified Gaston Day School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Gaston Day School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 44 reviews.