Admissions

Davidson Hobson | Director of Admission | 704.864.7744 ext.174

Dhobson@gastonday.org

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Application Process

Preschool through Grade 4

Applicants for Preschool should be 3 years of age by August 15th of the year they intend to enroll.

Applicants for Pre-Kindergarten should be 4 years of age by August 15th of the year they intend to enroll.

Applicants for Kindergarten should be 5 years of age by August 15th of the year they intend to enroll.

Submit Application Online – This officially begins the process. An application fee of $75 is required.

Request Copies of Records – Complete the Official Transcript Request Form and submit it to the registrar or counselor at your student’s current school. Gaston Day must receive a copy of all school records, including transcript, standardized test scores, immunizations, and reports of any disciplinary actions. Records may be faxed, mailed, or hand delivered in an envelope sealed and signed by a school official.

Request Recommendations – Students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through grade 4 are required to provide a recommendation which addresses conduct, citizenship, and academic performance. Please submit the recommendation form to your student’s current teacher, counselor, or principal. All recommendations should be mailed or faxed directly to the Office of Admission.

Admission Screening – For applicants entering grades Pre-Kindergarten through grade 4, contact Marianna Davis, Head of Lower School, at 704.864.7744, ext.114, to schedule your student’s individual screening. Students entering Pre-School do not need an academic evaluation.

Visit and Interview – Applicants in grades 1 through 4 are asked to spend an entire day at the school, attend class, interact with students, and talk with faculty. As a part of this day, the student is asked to perform some grade appropriate work in order for the school to better gauge proper placement for the student. (Special arrangements will be made for relocating families who are unable to schedule such visits.)

Grades 5 through 12

Submit Application For Admission – This officially begins the process.  Submit Application Online   An application fee of $75 is required ($100 International fee).

Request Transcript – Complete the Official Transcript Request Form and submit it to the registrar or counselor at your student’s current school. Gaston Day must receive a copy of all school records, including transcript, standardized test scores, immunizations, and reports of any disciplinary actions. Records may be faxed, mailed, or hand delivered in an envelope sealed and signed by a school official.

English Teacher Recommendation – Submit the English Teacher Recommendation form to the applicant’s current English teacher. The completed recommendation should be mailed or faxed directly to the Office of Admission at Gaston Day School.

Math Teacher Recommendation – Submit the Math Teacher Recommendation form to the applicant’s current Math teacher. The completed recommendation should be mailed or faxed directly to the Office of Admission at Gaston Day School.

Admission Screening – For applicants entering grades 5 through 12, the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) is required. Gaston Day has contracted with the Educational Records Bureau (ERB) to conduct this testing on our campus on five Saturday mornings in January through May of 2013. The applicant may, however, take the test at any designated ISEE test site. See Admission Screening information below for more information.

Visit and Interview – Applicants in grades 5 through 12 are asked to spend an entire day at the school, attend class, interact with students, and talk with faculty. As a part of this day, the student is asked to perform some grade appropriate work in order for the school to better gauge proper placement for the student. (Special arrangements will be made for relocating families who are unable to schedule such visits.)

Admission Screening

As part of Gaston Day School’s admission process, all applicants for grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12 are required to have age-appropriate academic screening completed.

Grades Pre-Kindergarten through 4 
For applicants entering grades Pre-Kindergarten through 4, a combination of the following tests is administered depending on the child and the grade to which he or she is applying: Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test, Expressive One Word Picture Vocabulary Test, Slosson IQ Screening, Wide Range Achievement Test, Scholastic Kindergarten Readiness Test, portions of the Gessell Developmental Screening, and an informal fine motor skills assessment.

Grades 5 through 12
For applicants entering grades 5 through 12, the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) is required. The ISEE consists of several subtests. Verbal and quantitative ability tests measure a student’s capacity to learn, and mathematics and reading comprehension tests indicate how well a student understands concepts that have been studied. Additionally, the student will write an essay to demonstrate his or her writing skills.

Gaston Day has contracted with the Educational Records Bureau (ERB) to conduct this testing on our campus on the dates below. The applicant may, however, take the test at any designated ISEE test site. The fee for the ISEE begins at $98. You may register for the ISEE online at ww.iseetest.org. You will also find testing dates, testing locations, ERB school codes, and sample questions on that site.

October 21, 2017 February 3, 2018
November 11, 2017 March 10, 2018
December 9, 2017 April 7, 2018
January 20, 2018 May 12, 2018
 ISEE School Code

Indexed Tuition

Gaston Day School believes that socio-economic diversity enriches the educational opportunities for all families, and the inclusion of a wide range of families is critical to the health of the school. Gaston Day is committed to making our school accessible and affordable to all.  Because of this commitment, the school has implemented an Indexed Tuition plan whereby a range of tuitions is charged based on demonstrated family need.

**Schedule of tuition and fees 2017-2018

Financial Assistance

Before receiving financial assistance, each applicant must apply and receive admission to the school. The admission and financial assistance process may occur simultaneously.

Simply complete the financial assistance application and provide copies of your current W-2 form(s) and Federal Income Tax Return. Please allow 3-4 weeks for your application to be processed. Faxed or copied applications will not be accepted.

Decisions are made on an on-going basis until funds are depleted. Applicants will receive notification by mail.

Guidelines and Procedures

Once enrolled, financial assistance recipients remain eligible for renewal:

Must maintain a positive relationship with classmates and teachers.

Must maintain a cumulative 2.5 GPA.

Must display exemplary conduct.

Must actively participate in school related activities

Active involvement of recipient families in the life of the School is also strongly encouraged.

Range of Comprehensive Fees

Preschool (half day) $4,640
Preschool (full day)  $5,995
Pre-Kindergarten (half day) $5,405
Pre-Kindergarten (full day) $6,755
K– Fourth $3,458  to  $13,930
Fifth – Eighth $3,840  to  $15,240
Ninth-Twelfth  $4,032  to  $15,740

* 2017-2018 tuition is listed above. The 2018-2019 tuition will be set in January 2018.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do Gaston Day students wear uniforms?

    No, however, the lower school does have a “modified uniform” in which students wear khaki or navy bottoms and a solid colored golf shirt. The middle and upper school students abide by a dress code, established by Student Government. The entire Gaston Day community does, however, participate in “high dress” for significant school events throughout the academic year.

  • Do you have a strong sports program?

    Yes. We compete in twelve different sports, some of which have won state championships. In fact, 70% of middle and upper school students participate in one or more sports. Whether students work out in our multi-million dollar sports complex or cheer the Spartans to victory at our homecoming game, everyone is a true blue fan.

  • Is financial assistance available?

    Yes, we offer financial assistance as well as merit and arts scholarships.

  • What are the deadlines for admission?

    We consider applications for admission to Gaston Day on a rolling basis, depending on available space. Although we review applications for admission throughout the year, we recommend that parents submit their student’s application by February 15.

  • What is the college acceptance rate for Gaston Day students?

    Each year, 100% of our students are accepted into college and universities across the country. In most cases, students are accepted into their first choice college or university.

  • What is your student/teacher ratio?

    We offer small, personal classes to ensure the quality of a Gaston Day education. As such, we have a 10:1 student to teacher ratio, which means the majority of classes contain less than 15 students. Your student will be instructed by highly trained teachers who have, in some cases, received regional, state, and national recognition for excellence.

  • When is the best time to visit Gaston Day School?

    While we encourage you to visit the school any time, it is best to schedule an appointment when school is in session. Parents and students get a better feel for the academic atmosphere of our campus while students are actively participating in classes. When visiting, a family is given a tour of the campus as well as an opportunity to observe classes and teachers.

  • Where do I obtain the application forms?

    Click HERE to fill out the online inquiry. Upon receiving the inquiry, the Office of Admission will send a packet of information. You can apply on-line  HERE . Once an applicant file is completed, the Admissions Committee will place the file under review and notification of admission will be sent by mail.

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