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Greensboro Day School

Student rating 4/ 5 by Duke University student
5401 Lawndale Drive Greensboro NC 27455 United States

Academic

Greensboro Day Schoolreview by Duke University student. The schools primary academic strength is upper-school math (primarily advanced algebra and calculus). The student body was not particularly competitive in the classroom -- certianly more collegial. A good amount of teamwork occurs, including lengthy group projects in science classes. The class size was typically 18-20 students and work load was manageable, even in advanced and AP courses. Absolutely NOT an "exam factory"

College Counseling

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  • "They have contacts at most of the major universities and feel perfectly comfortable picking up the phone and advocating for a student to get accepted somewhere they feel is a good fit for that student. However, these counselors are certainly not magic bullets. They cannot guarantee that a student will get into an Ivy League university…"
  • "For those wishing to move on to Oxford or Cambridge, the provision is second-to-none. In the months running up to application and interview, every subject faculty offers classes (often run by former Oxbridge tutors) exploring further areas of their subject as well as offering advice on personal statements, interview technique and more…"

Admissions - Getting Accepted

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  • "Most younger siblings have an easy time in the admissions process. I can only think of one case of a younger sibling not being admitted. About half of the students who entered with me had come from public schools. The remainder came from private K-6 schools, or had transfered from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard's were two of the larger feeder schools…"
  • "For the interview, dress conservatively. Try to be very clean and put together. Also, I was a tour guide for two years and at the end of every tour, we were asked to evaluate the candidate so if you think the tour is not apart of the process, you are very wrong. Ask questions and be interested. Also, tip for the parents*the kids speak on the tour. Don't ask their questions for them because their evaluation will be affected by the fact that the guides didn't hear a thing from the kid…"

School Life

Very high...perfectly safe middle-class residential neighborhood. It's near Country Park which is a great spot for an off-campus picnic. The student body is generally wealthy. Most students are academically motivated and the quality of the teachers is outstanding.

Athletics are the primary extracurricular. The strongest programs are women's soccer and men's basketball. Our AD, Freddy Johnson, has been at the school for a few decades and does a phenomenal job of hiring coaches and running organized programs. The plays are way above average for a school of this size.