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
... Read more 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. Read less
Posted by a principal on 11/13/13
My children have been enrolled at DDS for multiple years now. The school has indeed gone through growing pains but I've never felt better about its operations. The Pros? Previously, the board and administration kept information close to the vest. Over the past couple of years, there's been a complete
... Read more turnaround. The education and teacher quality remains high as it always was; however, communication is much improved. We know more about what's going on at the school and with our kids' grades and if we don't, a quick visit to the front office or the teacher rectifies that. I can call the finance office and speak to a real person. I can ask how my money is being spent and I'm told. The Heads of School have been extremely responsive to very specific concerns of mine. The Cons? The PTO is a bit cliquey but if you make a sincere effort to volunteer in the offices or the classrooms, you are greeted with open arms. My daughter needs additional help in a subject area and I do have a tutor from outside assisting her. (To be fair - the school has offered me assistance for additional fees.) In sum, we are all very happy and we plan to stay with the school through our children's graduations. Read less
Posted by a parent on 11/12/13
Davidson Day is a school with incredible potential. It's biggest downfall is its Board. The board appears as though they want a leader, yet they do not let the Head of School lead. This school is a case of the loudest voice gets what they want. The amount of educational experience behind the Head
... Read more of School and Heads of the Lower, Middle & Upper school is so great that the Board members can not relate, therefore they have no idea how to let someone that knows what they are actually doing, lead and make decisions that are best for the school. It appears the only real concern of the board is the business side. If the board would let the Head of School actually lead, the business side will take care of itself. Instead the board is relying on families making monetary donations, & with that the department in charge of raising money for the school is extremely incompetent. The board doesn't realize that there are more people then not,that are at the school, & want to continue to pay tuition for high quality education than people that are there because of how they feel independent schools look as a socioeconomic status. Read less
Posted by a parent on 11/04/13
Davidson Day is on its way to becoming a school of pure excellence. The current Head Master and his division heads are directing the school in the direction of the highest quality educational experience in the area. The attention to the overall well rounded and balanced experience including academics
... Read more and extra curricular activities is what will put this school on the map. The parent organization group/Parent Council's(PTA) focus of building community is an extremely positive added bonus. I couldn't imagine my child going any where else. Read less
Posted by a parent on 10/26/13
Average with good teachers, very good parent support, and can not get out of its own way...the school's energy and finances over the past several years have focused on football to the demise of its academics and character
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Posted by a teacher on 10/23/13
Amazing school with high quality teachers and instruction! My kids love going to school each day and I have seen them excel in this environment (previously attended public school). My kids are in middle school and high school and are definitely being prepared for college. Emphasis is on creative and
... Read more critical thinking, integration of technology, collaborative group work, presentation skills, and developing leadership. Plus, it is cool to be involved in the arts AND sports! A great, well-rounded educational and co-curricular experience for students! Highly recommended!! Read less
Posted by a parent on 10/21/13
What an incredible educational institution!!! Going into our third year at Davidson Day, we see the progression this school has and is making under the excellent leadership of the Head of School and the three division heads. It is with much confidence that we can say we want our child to graduate from
... Read more Davidson Day and our child is only in 1st grade now. From the unparalleled education and experience of the teachers and division heads to the community feel of the families at the school, we couldn't be happier with our choice for our child. Read less
Posted by a parent on 10/18/13
The experiences my child is having at Davidson Day School are second to none. Everyday there is something that my child experiences that is truly priceless. The teachers, division leaders and Head Master are all remarkable at their jobs. The environment provides a paramount educational experience.
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Posted by a parent on 10/18/13
Our children were in public schools and doing okay, but were not challenged. So, we moved to Davidson Day. Since then... both of our kids have blossomed. The big difference at Davidson Day is the teachers. My kids have been in the school three years now and every teacher was outstanding. The new headmaster
... Read more has his act together... I think Davidson Day is the best choice for education in the Lake Norman area. Read less
Posted by a parent on 08/01/13
This was my first year in the school, having moved from overseas where my daughter attended a world class German school, and DDS was a great fit. Although I found the curriculum less challenging than the one she came from, the content and emphasis on the right areas. Her teacher worked with her to
... Read more make sure that she caught up with the other kids in language and other areas, and the science and arts programs were very well run. My only complain was in the foreign language area, where I found both the quality and the approach lacking. I hope to see more emphasis in this area, bringing an immersion-based approach to the classroom. Another great thing about the school is its sense of community and family, which permeates through the school. As a young school it has some ground to cover, but I am confident that it will get to be a premier prep school in the region within the next 3-5 years. Read less
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Davidson schools — The Davidson Day School is located at 750 Jetton St, Davidson NC 28036. 750 Jetton St is in the 28036 ZIP code in Davidson, NC The Davidson Day School is a Private school that serves grade levels PK - 12.
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