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Darlington School
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Our students are the center of all that we do

Darlington School is a coeducational day and boarding school established in 1905. At Darlington, we do more than prepare our students for college. We prepare them for life by emphasizing the pursuit of individual excellence in a diverse learning environment. Our students are the center of all that we do. Together, we challenge them to learn with passion, act with integrity, and serve with respect.

Each year, Darlington enrolls approximately 800 students in grades pre-K to 12. Our school community represents an average of 25 states and 30 countries worldwide. Stretching for more than 400 acres, Darlington’s campus is nestled around a small lake in the foothills of the Lookout Mountain Range in Rome, Ga., a medical center and college town located one hour from Atlanta and Chattanooga, Tenn.

In 2014, Darlington welcomed Brent Bell as Head of School. The school has introduced many successful student-centered initiatives, including a Teaching and Learning Center, programs to emphasize character education and servant leadership, and a $90 million Second Century Campaign.

Founded: 1905

Mission: To empower students to learn with passion, act with integrity and serve with respect

Motto: Wisdom More Than Knowledge. Service Beyond Self. Honor Above Everything

Enrollment: (Fall 2016) ​758 PK-PG; ​295 in ​PK-8;​ ​​463 in Upper School (Grades 9-12); ​180 boarding students and ​283 day students

Student Body: Students from ​​15 states and US territories and ​20 countries; 54% male, 46% female; ​106 international students

Community: Student-teacher ratio is 9:1; 153 faculty and staff; 40% of faculty and staff live on campus; 4:1 resident student to faculty ratio; 90% faculty retention

Challenging: 22 AP courses; Honors courses in every discipline; Spanish and computer instruction begin in PK; 84 AP Scholars in ​2016

Athletics: GHSA Class AA; 26 varsity, 12 junior varsity and 22 middle school teams; three specialized sports academies (soccer, golf and tennis); 96,000-square-foot athletic facility

Arts: 5 instrumental and 5 vocal ensembles in the Upper School; 4 instrumental and 2 vocal ensembles in PK-8; 3 art studios; 3 student publications; string program beginning in first grade; grade-level plays and presentations in PK-4; annual fall play and winter musical; Arts Academy and Lessons Academy

Affordable: 2016-17 tuition ranges from $10,760-19,970 for day students; $48,150 for domestic boarding students and $54,860 for international boarding students

Proven Quality: In 2016, 208 students took 462 AP exams and 89% of the exams were scored 3 or higher. 100% college placement; Class of 2016 earned $10.6 million in merit scholarships, accepted to 185 different colleges and universities, attending 70 colleges in 26 states at the District of Columbia.

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