Admission to Darlington School

Darlington School

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Darlington School’s current tuition?
For the 2016-2017 academic year, Pre-K and K is $11,380, Grades 1-5 are $15,940, Grades 6-8 are $19,800. For grades 9-12; Upper School Day is $21,130. Domestic Boarding is $51,280 and International Boarding is $59,050.

How many students attend Darlington?
Opening enrollment in 2018-20197 was 723 (Pre-K to PG). We had 297 students in Pre-K to 8 and 426 in grades 9-12. The Upper School population, which is 52% male and 48% female, was comprised of 241 day students and 185 boarding students from 21 states and US territories and 26 countries. One hundred of these boarding students were international.

What is the application fee?
The application fee for all day students is $50. This includes students Pre-K through grade 12. The application fee for Domestic Boarding is $50. The application fee for International Boarding is $100.

What is the most important factor in determining admission?
Darlington’s Admission Committee reviews the entire application when making decisions. However, the most important factor is trying to determine best fit for both the student and the Darlington Community. This is one of the many reasons why we encourage a campus visit. If a family is concerned about low standardized test grades, it may be worth a conversation with the director of admission or the director of the division to which the student is applying for admission. Additionally, Darlington wants students who wish to get involved in the school community and contribute to the Tiger Way.

Do I need to visit Darlington’s campus? How do I arrange a campus visit?
A campus visit is important to the admission process because it allows you and your family to see yourselves as part of the Darlington Community. We offer a wide range of visitation options, from individual visits to large open houses. Contact the Admission Office at 1-800-36-TIGER to schedule your visit today.

When is the application deadline? When will I be notified of the admission decision?
The priority deadline is Feb. 15. The initial round of admissions decisions will be mailed by March 15. Complete applications received after March 15 will be reviewed on a rolling basis as space remains available.

What costs are not included in tuition?
Additional expenses include such items as uniforms, school supplies, a yearbook and optional trips. Appropriate U.S. health insurance coverage is required. During online registration, a technology fee and a curriculum fee will be charged to students in certain grades. The technology fee is $250 for grades 4-5 and $475 for grades 6-12. This fee helps to offset the cost of instructional technology tools and infrastructure, including software and a school-provided iPad for grades 4-5 and a MacBook Air for grades 6-12. The curriculum fee is $100 for grades 3-5 and $200 for grades 6-12. This fee allows Darlington to provide books and other required instructional resources. Families will no longer be required to purchase books unless additional copies are needed beyond those provided electronically or in class. Every family is required to pay a family fee of $100, which provides each family membership to every parent organization and all benefits of membership.

Is financial aid available at Darlington School?
Yes, Darlington is committed to making its educational opportunities available to students regardless of their family's financial resources. Financial need is defined as the difference between what it costs to attend Darlington and your family’s ability to contribute towards tuition-charging institutions as determined by School and Student Service (SSS). Please visit our financial aid page for more information on financial aid.

Does Darlington offer merit scholarships?
Yes, Darlington offers a limited number of merit scholarships to day and boarding students who complete the application for admission by the Feb. 15 priority deadline. A separate essay and recommendation is required. For more information, please visit our merit scholarships page or contact the Admission Office at 1-800-36-TIGER.

Does Darlington offer athletic scholarships?
No, Darlington does not offer athletic scholarships. Though families may apply for need-based financial assistance and merit-based scholarships, we do not offer scholarships on the basis of athletic ability or talent.

What tests are required for admission?
Pre-K to 12 Day applicants will take their admission test during their campus visit. Boarding applicants are required to provide scores for the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT). International applicants must also submit TOEFL results.

Is a post-graduate year offered at Darlington?
Each year, we enroll a handful of post-graduate students. Typically, these students take senior-level courses for one year to strengthen their academics before beginning college.

How old does my child have to be to enter pre-kindergarten? Kindergarten?
The student must be 4 years old by September 1 of the school year he or she is applying to enter the Pre-K class. To enter the Kindergarten class, the student must be 5 by September 1 of the school year for which he or she is applying.

What should I tell my child about the observation (for Lower School)?
Do not make your child nervous by overstressing the visit. Just tell them that they are visiting Darlington to have fun, meet new friends and do some schoolwork. Be sure to encourage them to listen carefully and follow instructions.

My child is on the waitlist. What happens now?
At Darlington, we may not always have space for our qualified applicants. Therefore, we may have to place some students on the waitlist. If your son or daughter is on the waitlist, it is important to keep the lines of communication open. You will be notified as spaces become available. If, at any point, you decide to enroll your child at another school, please contact us so that we can remove his or her name from the waitlist.

Is transportation provided?
Yes, Darlington offers transportation from Bartow, Gordon, Cobb and Polk counties for an additional fee. Complete information on transportation is available on our Bus Service page.

What admission principles and guidelines does Darlington follow?
In association with the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) regulations and NAIS Principles of Good Practice, Darlington has developed the following admission principles.





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