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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 750 students in grades pre-K to 12. Our school community represents an average of 15 states and 20 countries worldwide. Stretching for 500 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 2018) 723 Pre-K - PG; 297 in Pre-K - 8; 426 in Upper School Grades 9-PG 185 boarding students and 241 day students.

Student Body: Students from 21 states and US territories and 26 countries; 52% male, 48% female; 100 international students

Community: Student-teacher ratio is 10:1; 150 faculty and staff; 36% of faculty live on campus; 4:1 resident student to faculty ratio;

Challenging: 23 AP courses; Honors courses in every discipline; Spanish and computer instruction begin in pre-K; 91 AP Scholars in 2017

Athletics: GHSA Class A; 25 varsity, 11 junior varsity and 22 middle school teams; three specialized sports academies (soccer, golf and tennis); 96,000-square-foot athletic facility

Arts: 3 instrumental and 5 vocal ensembles in the Upper School; 4 instrumental and 2 vocal ensembles in PreK-8; 3 art studios; 3 students publications; string program beginning in 3rd grade; grade-level plays and presentations in pre-K to grade 5; annual fall play and winter musical; middle school musical; Arts Academy and Lessons Program

Affordable: 2018-19 tuition ranges from $11,380-21,130 for day students; $51,280 for domestic boarding students and $59,050 for international boarding students

Proven Quality: In 2018, 259 students took 619 AP exams and 63% of the exams were scored 3 or higher. 97% entering four-year institutions and 3% entering two-year institutions. Class of 2018 earned $11 million in merit scholarships, accepted to 179 different colleges and universities, attending 69 different colleges in 21 states, Spain, France and Germany.

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