Darlington School

5.00 5 1 (9 reviews)
1014 Cave Spring Road, SW
Rome, GA 30161
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Darlington School Photo #1 - We are proud to say that 100 percent of our graduates go on to college, earning more than $8 million in scholarships each year.
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Darlington School Photo #1 - We are proud to say that 100 percent of our graduates go on to college, earning more than $8 million in scholarships each year.
Darlington School Photo #2 - Darlington offers numerous instrumental ensembles, including an Instrumental Music Conservatory.
Darlington School Photo #3 - With 26 varsity and 12 junior varsity teams, Darlington's athletic program offers something for everyone. Additional options include year-round sports academies for golf, soccer and tennis and a club rowing team.
Darlington School Photo #4 - Darlington's vibrant fine arts program features a multitude of offerings in drama and musical theater, visual arts, choral music, instrumental music, and communication arts.
Darlington School Photo #5 - Darlington's expansive curriculum includes unique offerings such as Robotics, which is supported by a MakerSpace.
Darlington School Photo #6 - Founded in 1905, Darlington School is located on a 500-acre campus in Rome, Ga., that features a small lake and six miles of wooded trails.
Darlington School Photo #7 - For students who are serious about golf, soccer or tennis, Darlington offers three specialized, year-round athletic academies that develop players to reach their maximum potential. This unique combination of intensive athletics and rigorous academics is designed to prepare students for collegiate opportunities.
Darlington School Photo #8 - Darlington School is a culturally diverse learning community, representing an average of 30 countries and 25 states each year.
Darlington School Photo #9 - Darlington's 1:1 technology program equips students with the skills to use 21st Century tools safely and effectively whenever they have a question to answer, a problem to solve, a passion to pursue, or an idea to share.
  • 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  
    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  
    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  
    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. . .
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Definition of Terms 
2018 School Data
Darlington SchoolBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)9-12, PG9-12
Grades Offered (Day)Pre-K-12, PGPre-K-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Supports Learning Differences (LD)YesYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded19051910
Campus Size500 acres104 acres

Student Body

Enrollment758 students315 students
% Students of Color
13%
21%
% International Students
23%
20%
% Students Boarding
39%
65%
Average SAT Scoren/a* National Avg. »View
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$54,500
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$19,970$30,250
Tuition international students$54,860$48,850
% Students on Financial Aid
45%
37%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$20,255$23,450
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:
Bagpiping Club, Chinese Community Club, Dance Dance Revolution (DDR), Dorm Presidents, Independent Film Club, International Film Club, Lake Erie Pride, Math Tutoring Club, Minecraft Club, Orchestra Ensemble, Outdoor Club, Programming Club, Project A.F.R.I.C.A., Show Choir, Sister Space, SOAR, Spanish Club, Student Diplomats, Technology Club, The BBQ Club, The Darlingtonian, The Inkslinger, Tiger Experts (admissions liaisons), Traditional Toy Club, W.A.C.O.R. LaNouvelle

Arts and Music Programs:
Concert Club, Environmental Art, Holocaust Project, Jazz Club, Peace and Justice Organization, Rifle Team, SEA (Environmental) Club, Set Crew, The Darlingtones, The Random Notes, Video Game Club

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Cycling/Mountain Biking Club, Digital Art, Green Crew, Korean Drumming, Project Green, Soccer Academy

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
  • Darlington 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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