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Spartanburg Day School

Private | PK-12 | 450 students

SDS's mission is to shape students' intellectual, physical & moral development.
 
 

 
 

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Posted September 1, 2013

I am a former student of Spartanburg Day School. If you had asked me in my first year for my feelings about the school, I would have told you truthfully that it was an excellent school and I felt very supported by my teachers and the admininstration. However, in my second year at SDS, the tides turned. I was no longer their star scholarship student due to circumstances beyond my control. I was fair game for harassment by students and some teachers. My time here was miserable and there was no one on the administration who would help me. I am glad I left. I could not have kept my sanity though any more of their constant abuse of power and bullying. Warning: do not attend this school unless your household income is 6 figures and you can afford to wear new clothes every day. Do not attend this school if you are an independent thinker, and CERTAINLY do not attend this school if you have any sort of disability.


Posted September 29, 2009

State-of-the-art curriculum (Singapore Math, for example) coupled with the highest caliber 'staff as people' since my own prep school in NE. Ultra-professional, warm not stuff, boundaried and exceptional people teacher our kids to be loving, respectful and kind. The high-level of parental involvement builds the bridge between school and home. Fabulous learning disability diagnostic testing and referral - not to mention best tutoring. I love this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2009

The students are the best around. They are eager and excited about school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

My grandchildren are getting the best education with the best teachers and looking forward to a bright and fulfilling future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

This school is amazing it not only treats each student as an individual but really strives to get them ready for college and beyond. My kids are learning Chinese and Spanish, do robotics, keyboarding and community service projects for the commuity. They have 100% college placement and every child is movtivate to go to college. I could go on and on it just simply rocks!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

I teach and am the school nurse at SDS and have been there for 22 years. My daughter also graduated from the day school in 1991. It is a school made up of individuals who care: about the students and their families, and each other. We do our best to teach our students to be kind, be respectful, be considerate, and be themselves. There are programs in place designed to encourage individualism, teamwork, and community service. The student's welfare is the primary goal of each teacher, administrator, and staff member. In most respects, the school as a whole works as a well functioning family unit: watching over, directing, providing for, and loving each individual under its roof. I know first hand the influence this school has on its graduates, as I have watched my daughter grow up - utilizing the best lessons from each of her fine teachers - to become a good citizen with a sincere desire to affect her world positively. I am proud of the part I play in this institution, which is far more than that. It is a place that inspires its graduates to achieve selflessly with their community's betterment in mind.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 23, 2009

Our three children moved from the public schools to SDS. We have been extremely impressed and pleased with the high quality of instruction and caring at the Day School. Our children each have distinct personalities and learning styles. We were concerned that given the smaller size of the Day School that at least one of them would not be served well. We couldn't have been more wrong. Our children have flourished! Excellent School and Community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2009

My three children love SDS, and can't wait to get to school each day. Small class size is the biggest selling factor for me -- usually 12 students in each one. The IB curriculum is fabulous, and encourages big-picture thinking. Terrific faculty and staff. None of my relatives can believe that our 4 year-old and 9 year-old can speak Chinese! Thrilled to be part of this fantastic community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2008

I love SDS. I've gone there every year since kindergarten but two grades. The local public schools are no comparison to the Day School. I'm a sophomore. The curriculum is very, very challenging and I feel like I'm learning more than what I need. The teachers are all very friendly and helpful and are all passionate about their individual subjects. The students are very nice and friendly.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 27, 2005

After a very disappointing venture into public school we found the Day School and we have been singing it's praises since. With outstanding teachers,staff, and administrators along with individualized curriculum, my children are flourishing with the new challenges they receive daily. Advanced language arts, math, science, and spanish are strengths along with an extremely advanced fine arts department. How grateful we are to have found such an outstanding school in our community. Our children have friends now from several different cultural backgrounds. The Day School's tuition is higher than most in the area, but they offer numerous advanded placement classes in the upper school which other schools may not. Also, finacial aid is available. The Day School is an incredible family to join. I know my family appreciates knowing our children are getting the best start possible thanks to the Day School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2004

Great school. Challenging curriculum with caring teachers push students to attain to the best of their ability. The only downside is the high cost of tuition. Very out of reach for most people. Had to take my daughter out because of the high cost. But, the five years she spent at the Day School has prepared her well for public school, and has put her ahead academically of her public school peers. The Day School is 2 to 3+ years ahead of public school in some areas of instruction, especially English/Language arts. The PE program at Day School was much better than public school. The Day School's music department prepared her for Band in public school. Currently, my daughter enjoys Honor Band and Chorus. Public School is 1 year ahead of Day School in Band. Public School teaches elementary French instead of more useful Spanish that Day School teaches.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2004

Besides being very proficient in their field of instruction, the Day School's faculty is noted for being extremely caring and supportive of each child in the school. Our children who are now almost all out of college look back on their Day School days as some of their best and a laying a real foundation for their future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2004

Both of my chidren have been at Spartanburg Day School since they were in pre-school. They are in middle school now and I have watched the school give them a little bit of independence each year to flourish on their own. It is a very challenging curriculum and the average SAT score is over 1300. We also have a high percentage of National Merit semi-finalists/finalists. As far as I know, we have 100% college placement -- Davidson, Trinity College, University of the South at Sewanee, and Duke are some of the colleges that our alumni have been accepted to. The school is in the beginning stages of becoming an International Baccalaureate School which will further enhance our curriculum. There is also a wonderful school spirit at our school. The teachers are committed, enthusiastic and exceptional. I highly recommend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

I went to the Day School for 13 years. After graduation I went to Wofford College and I was well prepared for Wofford. The teachers at the Day School really care about their students and want them to do well. If I had gone to any other school in Sptbg, then I don't think I would be doing as well at Wofford.
—Submitted by a former student


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 89% 53%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 1%
Black 3% 36%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Hispanic 1% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 4-year college 100% (2013)
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Literary magazine
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
Clubs
  • Girls on the run

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Head of School Rachel Deems
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NAIS
Fax number
  • (864) 948-0026

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Equestrian
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Equestrian
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Community service
  • Girls on the run
  • Literary magazine
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • SDS is a college preparatory, coeducational school for students in grades 3K-12. The school is made up of a Lower School (3K-4th), a Middle School (5th-8th) and an Upper School (9th-12th). At SDS, educators strive to guide students in their quest for self-understanding, to foster an awareness of human worth and respect for all peoples, and to instill an ethic of service as members of the global community.
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Financial aid offered
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College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
4 year college - 100%
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1701 Skylyn Drive
Spartanburg, SC 29307
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Phone: (864) 582-7539

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