Darlington School

1014 Cave Spring Road, SW
Rome, GA 30161
Darlington School is a co-ed, independent boarding and day school in Rome, Ga., for students in pre-K through high school.
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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.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12, PG
  • Enrollment: 770 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $54,980
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $22,530
  • Acceptance rate: 46%
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 15 / Jul. 31 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2023 School Data
Darlington School
Boarding School Avg.
School Focus
College Preparatory
College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)
9-12, PG
9-12
Grades Offered (Day)
PK-12, PG
9-12
School Type
Co-ed
Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Supports Learning Differences (LD)
Yes
Religious Affiliation
Non-denominational
Year Founded
1905
1906
Campus Size
500 acres
130 acres

Student Body

Enrollment
770 students
314 students
% Students of Color
15%
25%
% International Students
20%
20%
% Students Boarding
47%
67%
Average SAT Score
1190
* National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile)
1050 - 1330
-
Average ACT score
24
*National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year
Yes
No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes
No
No
Classroom Dress Code
Casual
khaki shorts/skirts and polo
Casual
Average Class Size
15 students
12
* National Avg. »18
Student : Teacher Ratio
10:1
7:1
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
23
17
ESL Courses Offered
No
Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
76%
71%
Summer Program Offered
No
Yes

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size
$41.4 million
$25 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$54,980
$64,000
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$22,530
$34,180
Tuition international students
$64,080
$55,200
% Students on Financial Aid
45%
40%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant
$20,255
$25,000
Merit Scholarships Offered
No

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
Feb. 15 / Jul. 31 / rolling
Jan. 15
Acceptance Rate
46%
60%
Director of Admissions
Matthew Peer

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
23
17
Courses
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

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations
25
23
Extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Chinese Community Club, Dorm Presidents, Independent Film Club, International Film Club, Math Tutoring Club, Orchestra Ensemble, Outdoor Club, Programming Club, Show Choir, SOAR, Spanish Club, Student Diplomats, Technology Club, The Darlingtonian, The Inkslinger

Arts and Music Programs:
Concert Club, Digital Art, Environmental Art, Holocaust Project, Jazz Club, Set Crew, The Darlingtones, The Random Notes, Video Game Club

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Soccer Academy

College Matriculation

Year:
10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)

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.
  • 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
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Darlington School cost?
Darlington School's tuition is approximately $54,980 for boarding students and $22,530 for day students.
What is the acceptance rate of Darlington School?
The acceptance rate of Darlington School is 46%, which is lower than the boarding school average of 60%.
Who are famous alumni from Darlington School?
Darlington School famous alumni include: Gov. S. Ernest Vandiver Jr. ('36), Cy Twombly ('47), Dr. John Ochsner ('44), Stephen D. Potts ('34), Tom Cousins ('48), Will Muschamp ('90), James L. Dickey III ('42), Jennifer Wysocki ('90) and Elson Floyd ('74).
What sports does Darlington School offer?
Darlington School offers 16 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Diving, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track, Track and Field, Volleyball and Wrestling.
When is the application deadline for Darlington School?
The application deadline for Darlington School is Feb. 15 / Jul. 31 / rolling (applications are due on Feb. 15 / Jul. 31 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).

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Review
Description

Class of 1998
5.00
Clemson University
We had mandatory after school activities that really pushed me out of my shell as a typically introverted person. I carried varsity letters in baseball with a state championship as a manager and it. . .

Class of 1998
5.00
University of Alabama
I think that Darlington's Extracurricular Programs and our facilities make the school unique relative to other schools. . .

Class of 1980
5.00
Georgia Institute of Technology
A great "old ivy" type of Boarding School. Was once all male - I was in the last class of Darlington men. Now is coed. I can't imagine going to school and living with girls. . .
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12, PG
  • Enrollment: 770 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $54,980
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $22,530
  • Acceptance rate: 46%
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 15 / Jul. 31 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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