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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Sports
    B
Address
2001 Gaston Day School Rd
Gastonia, NC 28056
Telephone
(704) 864-7744

Applying

Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Application Fee
$75
Interview Required
Yes
Required/Recommended Tests
TOEFL, ISEE

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$16,385
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Received Financial Aid
51%
Average Financial Aid
From Gaston Day School

Gaston Day students are all connected by tradition and a strong sense of pride in their school.
We offer an experience that goes far beyond what an ordinary curriculum can.
Founded in 1967, Gaston Day School is a nonsectarian, college-preparatory school for grades Preschool through 12 with approximately 500 students and 65 full and part-time faculty and staff.
Gaston Day attracts students from a five county area including Gaston, Mecklenburg, Lincoln, Cleveland, and York and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Academic excellence has become the school’s hallmark: the lower and middle schools score in the top half of the nation’s independent schools on standardized tests; SAT scores on critical reading and math are consistently Gaston County’s highest; and our AP test pass rate is over 80%. Athletics and the fine arts remain integral to the comprehensive education that the school provides.

Gaston Day School Rankings

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Average Graduation Rate
100%
Average SAT
1320
31 responses
Average ACT
30
22 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.6 responses
Poll
67%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.6 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 16 responses
Report
  • Fall Festival
    25%
  • Spirit Week
    25%
  • Sunship Earth
    19%
  • Junior-Senior retreat
    13%
  • Back to School Family Picnic
    6%
  • Homecoming
    6%
  • Pep rallies
    6%

    Students

    Diversity
    B+
    Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
    Students
    483
    100%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.7 responses
    86%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.7 responses
    86%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.7 responses

    Preschool

    Annual Cost
    $6,700
    Cost is for the most complete schedule offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
    Starting Age
    3
    Pre-K Student-Teacher Ratio
    6:1
    Schedule Options
    • Offers Full Week
    • Offers Part Week
    • Offers Full Day
      Yes
    • Offers Part Day
      Yes

    Teachers

    Student-Teacher Ratio
    7:1
    National
    17:1
    Poll
    90%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.10 responses
    Poll
    100%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.10 responses
    Poll
    90%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.10 responses

    Clubs & Activities

    Clubs & Activities
    A
    Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
    Girls Athletic Participation
    Boys Athletic Participation
    60%
    of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.5 responses
    40%
    of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.5 responses
    60%
    of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.5 responses
    Living in the Area
    B
    Overall Niche Grade
    How are grades calculated?
    1. Cost of Living
      B
    2. Good for Families
      B-
    3. Housing
      B-
    Area Feel
    Suburban
    Median Household Income
    $43,985
    National
    $55,322
    Median Rent
    $806
    National
    $949
    Median Home Value
    $140,100
    National
    $184,700

    Gaston Day School Reviews

    63 reviews
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    Coming from a large public school where you get lost in the mix, I was most impressed by the fact that students were so welcoming. From the first day I visited, it felt like home. I have been challenged and supported by teachers and coaches and have been encouraged to be involved in activities in and out of the classroom to help me grow. I know I will be successful in College because of the preparation at Gaston Day. The motto TEAM BEFORE SELF, TIRELESS PREPARATION, FIERCE IN COMPETITION applies on the field and also in the classroom. I am blessed to be a Gaston Day Spartan! #SpartanStrong
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    We have been at Gaston Day School for 4 years, starting in 1st grade. We find the curriculum to be challenging but very balanced. The teachers teach using many tools like projects, field trips, hands on tasks. Not all text. Classes are the right size to allow the teacher to know each child. If a learning difference is detected in a child, GDS has an on-campus Learning Academy with an exceptional staff that work jointly with that child's Teacher. There is a strong community feel on campus. All staff take an interest in your child. Great mentoring program for the Prek/K students with the Lower School students, as well as Lower School students with Upper School students. Parent involvement is strong and welcomed. The college prep program in Upper School is one of the top reasons we attend GDS. Safety/Security at the school is Excellent. Strong sports programs. I recommend GDS to any family looking for a prominent, well-rounded school experience for their child from K-12.
    My daughter was not challenged at her previous school and GDS has fulfilled our every expectation. The school has fostered an environment enabling her to thrive at all levels. During the entire admissions process, we were kept well informed and treated like family. All of our questions were answered thoroughly, objectively and professionally. Upon matriculation, she was welcomed and warmly treated by the students and staff alike. The teachers quickly put her on tract to being challenged academically to her fullest ability. She loves the activities to include the sports programs. She even loves the food. GDS has been a godsend for us.