Darlington School

5.00 5 1 (9 reviews)
Tel: 706-235-6051
1014 Cave Spring Road, SW
Rome, GA 30161
  • 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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  • Class of 2012
    5 Stars   8/4/2017
    Georgia state University
    The campus is breathtakingly beautiful. Complete with its own lake and full brick buildings from the dorms to the classrooms. There was never a dull day on campus because just sitting out around with friends. . .

  • Class of 2009
    5 Stars   6/12/2017
    Birmingham Southern College
    Walking onto the campus and seeing the beautiful architecture and landscape of Darlington is absolutely a highlight of the school. You feel like you've been transported somewhere incredibly quaint and special.One thing that I. . .

  • Class of 2007
    5 Stars   5/31/2017
    University of Kentucky
    I thought it was very unique how my school would pair boarding students with families of day students who lived in the area and attended the school in order to give the boarding students opportunities. . .

  • Class of 2005
    5 Stars   7/17/2017
    Georgia Southern University
    Darlington School equipped me with the tools necessary to be not only successful in college, but in life. I feel that I was prepared to step out into the world and be a confident contributor. . .

  • Class of 1987
    5 Stars   8/28/2017
    COLUMBUS STATE UNIVERSITY
    The care and attention I received at darlington was amazing. There was no time to be home sick! The day students embraced me as a local and in addition to advanced studies, I learned how. . .
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Definition of Terms 
2017 School Data
Darlington SchoolBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)9-12, PG7-12
Grades Offered (Day)Pre-K-12, PG7-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Supports Learning Differences (LD)YesYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded19051910
Campus Size500 acres105 acres

Student Body

Enrollment758 students300 students
% Students of Color
13%
20%
% International Students
23%
20%
% Students Boarding
39%
67%
Average SAT Scoren/a* National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile)1530 - 1940-
Average ACT score24*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearYesNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(khaki shorts/skirts and polo)
Casual
Average Class Size15 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:91:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered2117
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
76%
70%
Summer Program OfferedYesYes

Finances

Endowment Size$33.4 million$18 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$48,150$54,400
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$19,970$30,000
Tuition international students$54,860$48,100
% Students on Financial Aid
45%
37%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant20255$22,844
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo

Admission

Application DeadlineFeb. 15 / rollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Acceptance Rate
46%
55%
Director of AdmissionsDerek Perkins
Associate Director of AdmissionsMark Tunnell

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered2117
CoursesAP 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

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered1615
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Crew, Cross Country, Diving, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Wrestling

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations4224
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
"D" Club, "Y" Cabinet, Chess Club, Environment Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Georgia Junior Academy of Science, Governor's Honors, Honor, House Senate, IMPACT International, International Thespians, Jabberwokk, Junior State of America, Math Team, Outdoor Club, Prefect Program, Scholar Bowl, SOAR, Spanish Club, Technology Club, The Darlingtonian, The Inkslinger, Tiger Experts (admissions liaisons), Young Democrats, Young Republicans

Arts and Music Programs:
Concert Club, Darlington Players, Instrumental, Jazz Club, Ladies' Chorale, Lessons Academy, Men's Chorale, Orchestra, Set Crew, The Darlingtones, The Random Notes

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Coosa International Tennis Academy, Coosa Junior Golf Academy, Darlington Diamonds (dance team), Fitness Club, Intramural Sports, Soccer Academy

College Matriculation

Year: 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • For over a century, students from Rome, neighboring towns in Georgia, and an average of 15 states and 20 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.
    • Will Muschamp ('90) - Head Football Coach, University of Florida
    • 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
    • Elson Floyd ('74) - President of Washington State University
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