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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Sports
    B+

Applying

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

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$17,035
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
46%
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.

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Gaston Day School Rankings

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Academics

Average Graduation Rate
100%
Average SAT
1290
43 responses
Average ACT
30
35 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
83%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.12 responses
Poll
67%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.12 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 33 responses
  • Fall Festival
    18%
  • Spirit Week
    18%
  • Sunship Earth
    15%
  • Junior-Senior retreat
    12%
  • Homecoming
    9%
  • Back to School Family Picnic
    6%
  • Graduation
    6%

    Students

    Diversity
    B+
    Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
    Students
    485
    92%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.13 responses
    85%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.13 responses
    85%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.13 responses

    Preschool

    Annual Cost
    $7,645
    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
    7:1
    Schedule Options
    • Offers Full Week
    • Offers Part Week
    • Offers Full Day
      Yes
    • Offers Part Day
      Yes

    Teachers

    Student-Teacher Ratio
    8:1
    National
    17:1
    Poll
    81%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.16 responses
    Poll
    88%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.16 responses
    Poll
    88%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.16 responses

    Clubs & Activities

    Clubs & Activities
    A+
    Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
    Girls Athletic Participation
    Boys Athletic Participation
    73%
    of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.11 responses
    45%
    of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.11 responses
    73%
    of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.11 responses
    Living in the Area
    1. Cost of Living
      B+
    2. Good for Families
      B
    3. Housing
      B-
    Median Household Income
    $46,301
    National
    $55,322
    Median Rent
    $847
    National
    $949
    Median Home Value
    $144,000
    National
    $184,700

    Gaston Day School Reviews

    106 reviews
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    Our daughter is a GDS graduate and our son a current student. While we've always been pleased with Gaston Day, we were especially thankful for the manner in which the COVID19 situation was handled. Our son missed one Monday of instruction while the faculty was being trained. From that point forward, he was online live with his teachers daily for the remainder of the school year. His academic classes, including band and pe, and all advisory groups were carried on with fidelity. In addition to whole group instruction, he was able to continue working in small groups with friends and make class presentations during this time. We experienced no "busy work." While we understand other schools may have had unavoidable technological obstacles, my husband and I were grateful for the preparation and attention to ensuring the academic year was completed in a solid learning environment. Gaston Day is one of the best decisions we've made for our family!
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    Gaston Day School has been so much more than a school to us- they have been a family as well. The teachers and administrators truly care about my children- not only their education, but overall well-being. The remote learning experience has also been amazing. They have taken a lot of care into making sure every child had the tools to continue with school at home. I do not feel my children missed out educationally at all with this transition and will be prepared for the upcoming school year. I’m very happy we chose Gaston Day School for our children!
    Gaston Day helps students prepare for the real world in all different aspects. They incorporate small activities/talks/experiences that will/may happen in the real world to helps students see it happen now, so they can experience it at an earlier stage and prepare for it when/if it happens in their (students) life later on. The faculty and staff care about the students and hear there opinions on situations having to do with them, the students, but the faculty makes the decisions that best fits and helps the students and school. Some of the decisions people are not happy with but the faculty make the right decision considering all the different aspects that go into the situations, whether it's safety, on campus situations, or sports, etc. Students and Staff have an abundance of resource in and around the school for any type of situation they're in. Students find the academics to be challenging but they know that it will help them in the long run.