Darlington School

1014 Cave Spring Road, SW
Rome, GA 30161
Tel: 800-36-TIGER
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12, PG | 815 students
Founded in 1905, Darlington School is an independent, coeducational, college-preparatory school for students in pre-K through grade 12, with boarding in grades 9-12.
The school offers motivated students rigorous academics, numerous fine arts opportunities and a competitive athletics program in a nurturing environment.
Our students are the center of all that we do, and together, we empower them to learn with passion, act with integrity and serve with respect. 

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2014 School Data
Darlington School Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Preparatory College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding) 9-12, PG 7-12
Grades Offered (Day) Pre-K-12, PG 7-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support Yes Yes
Supports Learning Differences (LD) Yes Yes
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1905 1909
Campus Size 500 acres 124 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 815 students 295 students
% Students of Color 8% 19%
% International Students 22% 20%
% Students Boarding 45% 68%
SAT range (25th-75th percentile) 1490 - 1890 -
Offers Post-Grad Year Yes No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(School uniforms)
Average Class Size 15 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:15 1:7
# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 21 16
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree 76% 67%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes


Endowment Size $33 million $15 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$44,900 $48,400
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$19,000 $27,240
Tuition international students $50,700 $45,400
% Students on Financial Aid 33% 35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $20,255 $20,255
Merit Scholarships Offered Yes No


Application Deadline None / Rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Acceptance Rate 70% 58%
Director of Admissions Derek Perkins  
Associate Director of Admissions Mark Tunnell  

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 21 16
AP Biology AP Calculus (AB)
AP Calculus (BC) AP Chemistry
AP English Language AP English Literature
AP Environmental Science AP European History
AP Government AP Macroeconomics
AP Microeconomics AP Music Theory
AP Physics B AP Physics C
AP Psychology AP Spanish Language
AP Spanish Literature AP Statistics
AP Studio Art AP U.S. History
AP World History


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 16 13
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Crew, Cross Country, Diving, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Wrestling


Total Extracurricular Organizations 42 24
Extracurriculars"D" Club, "Y" Cabinet, Chess Club, Concert Choir, Coosa International Tennis Academy, Coosa Junior Golf Academy, Darlington Diamonds (dance team), Darlington Players, Environmental Awareness Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Fitness, Georgia Junior Academy of Science, Governor's Honors, Honor Council, House Senate, IMPACT International, Instrumental Music Conservatory, International Thespians, Intramurals, Jabberwokk, Jazz Ensemble, Junior State of America, Ladies' Chorale, Lessons Academy, Math Team,

School Notes:

  • For over a century, students from Rome, neighboring towns in Georgia, and an average of 25 states and 30 countries have joined the Darlington family each year. Darlington's proven track record in preparing students well for college, its impressive facilities, and its wide array of academic, artistic, athletic and social opportunities make it stand out as one of the top day and boarding schools in the country. Stretching for 500 acres, Darlington’s campus is nestled around a small lake in the foothills of the Lookout Mountain Range in Rome, Georgia, a medical center and college town 65 miles northwest of Atlanta. But more significant are the friendly spirit of the school and its long history of challenging students to learn with passion, act with integrity, and serve with respect. Darlington graduates men and women who exemplify the school's motto: Wisdom more than Knowledge; Service beyond Self; Honor above Everything.

  • LD types supported: Depends on testing
  • School accreditations: SACS/SAIS TABS
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Gov. S. Ernest Vandiver Jr. ('36) - Former Gov. of Georgia
    • Cy Twombly ('47) - Contemporary artist whose work can be found in the Guggenheim, the National Gallery of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art.
    • Dr. John Ochsner ('44) - International medical leader, who has served in many prominent roles including President of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery and President of The International Society for Cardiovascular Surgery.
    • Stephen D. Potts ('34) - Served as Director of the Office of Government Ethics under President George H.W. Bush and President William Jefferson Clinton.
    • Tom Cousins ('48) - Founder of Cousins Properties Inc.
    • Elson Floyd ('74) - President of Washington State University
    • James L. Dickey III ('42) - American poet, novelist, critic, athlete, and hunter with bow and arrow; best-known from his novel
    • Jennifer Wysocki ('90) - Emmy award-winning producer, creator and current host of television's

Nearby Schools:

The nearest boarding school is Advanced Academy of Georgia (45.4 miles away)
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  • CarrolltonAdvanced Academy of Georgia
    University of West Georgia
    CarrolltonGA 30118
    45.4 mi | 100 students | Gr. 11-12
  • AtlantaBrandon Hall School
    1701 Brandon Hall Drive
    AtlantaGA 30350
    53.1 mi | 200 students | Gr. 6-12
  • ChattanoogaMcCallie School
    500 Dodds Avenue
    ChattanoogaTN 37404
    55.6 mi | 667 students | Gr. 6-12
  • ChattanoogaBaylor School
    171 Baylor School Road
    ChattanoogaTN 37405
    60.1 mi | 1049 students | Gr. 6-12
  • McDonaldBachman Academy
    414 Brymer Creek Rd
    McDonaldTN 37353
    63.9 mi | 33 students | Gr. 6-12
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