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Meeting the Needs of Students



Darlington’s students are exceptional by almost every measure. We respect the diversity of our community and hope to foster an atmosphere of inclusivity on all levels within the school. We frequently hear our alumni say that Darlington made a great difference in their lives, and we want to ensure this transformative experience is within reach of any academically qualified student, regardless of his or her family’s financial resources. Increasing financial aid opportunities is essential to Darlington’s future.

Our students are our greatest asset, and providing them an outstanding college-preparatory education is our primary goal. Darlington adheres to a strict, need-blind admission policy, which means that all admission decisions are made without regard to the applicant’s ability to meet the cost of education.

A Darlington School education is an investment in the future, but it is also a significant financial investment. Because educational costs have risen to sustain programs, faculty and facilities, Darlington must offer families a variety of financing options, including payment plans and financial aid.

Our financial aid budget is inadequate to meet the needs of our students. Darlington is typically able to meet only 64% of a family’s demonstrated financial need. This sometimes places Darlington out of reach for middle-class families.

Through the Second Century Campaign, Darlington is making a bold commitment to build on and expand endowment for financial aid and merit-based scholarships. This can only be accomplished through the generous and consistent commitment of our alumni, parents and friends. Without question, gifts to financial aid create life-changing opportunities for students and families.


Our goal is to admit students without regard to their ability to pay, and we will strive to meet the needs of accepted families who qualify for financial assistance.

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