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Why Choose Darlington's Upper School?

Whether you are a prospective family that is visiting the school for the first time, entering as a new student, or returning to your alma mater, you will surely find today’s Darlington both welcoming and inspiring.

At Darlington’s Upper School, high-achieving, academically driven students prepare to thrive in college and life, yet our commitment to students extends far beyond the classroom. We commit fully to the whole student, understanding and valuing each person for his or her own individual strengths. We hold that greatness emerges not from classroom rigor alone, but from a symphony of intellectual, physical and spiritual inspirations.

Pre-K & Spanish 4 Team Up for Experiential Learning: History, Art & Language


Crystal Cleveland, World Languages Teacher, Upper School
Friday, Mar. 27, 2015

Last summer, I traveled to Spain to research the evolution of cultural expression through the Wood Faculty Professional Endowment Award. I was able to "bring Spain" back to pre-K and Spanish 4 students, using an interdisciplinary approach to demonstrate how the past affects the present and informs the future.

Do Colleges Really Care How You Spend Your Summer?


Sam Moss, Dean of College Guidance
Tuesday, Mar. 24, 2015

As you begin planning ahead and thinking about colleges, one thing to keep in mind is that colleges are interested in how you spend your time out of school, including during the summers. One way to make yourself stand out from many other qualified applicants is the way that you choose to use that time.

Darlington’s Motto is Wisdom More Than Knowledge, Service Beyond Self, Honor Above Everything. On our breathtaking campus, we engage in developing each student’s unique potential. At Darlington, academic rigor is embedded within 21st Century learning through collaboration, problem solving, technology integration, production, etc. Indeed, many students graduate with several years of college credits already completed. In preparing young adults for college and career, we work passionately to ensure all our students leave ready to achieve success while maintaining personal balance.

Darlington’s Upper School creates an accelerated college-prep experience. Our outstanding faculty, programs and facilities create a college-like experience, complete with many freedoms and responsibilities. For example, with parent permission, residential students may drive their own cars, and while here, students enjoy a full array of social and recreational opportunities. In this extended family, Darlington students join a global community. Darlington’s student body represents an average of 30 countries and 25 states each year. The boarding school experience develops self-reliance and teaches that while our students can never replace home, they might just realize it is possible to have many homes. In this remarkable setting we aim to develop their highest potential and, by so doing, prepare them to serve the world beyond.

For more information or to enroll your child, please contact the Admission Office.

Art History's Debate of the Century: The Return of Artifacts to Their Native Homes


Brian Inman, History Department, Upper School
Monday, Mar. 23, 2015

When one visits any one of the top museums of antiquities today, he or she will see ancient relics from all over the world. Visitors don't usually dwell on how these objects were acquired or how they ended up in the museum. However, a debate has been raging for over a century over some of these objects that have been taken from their home countries and displayed in foreign museums.





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