Gaston Day students are all connected by tradition and a strong sense of pride in their school.


We offer an experience that goes far beyond what an ordinary curriculum can.

Founded in 1967, Gaston Day School is a nonsectarian, college-preparatory school for grades pre-kindergarten through 12 with approximately 500 students and 65 full and part-time faculty and staff.

Richard Rankin, Anderson Davis Warlick Head of School


Gaston Day attracts students from a five county area including Gaston, Mecklenburg, Lincoln, Cleveland, and York and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It is also a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, the Southern Association of Independent Schools, and the North Carolina Association of Independent schools and approved by the North Carolina Department of Education.


Originally located in Belmont, North Carolina, Gaston Day began with 131 students in grades 1 through 9 under the leadership of Mr. J.B. “Bill” Davis as headmaster. From its earliest years to the present, Gaston Day School has provided local families of all faiths, races, and walks of life with a well-rounded, college-preparatory education.

Today, academic excellence has become the school’s hallmark: the lower and middle schools score in the top half of the nation’s independent schools on standardized tests; SAT scores on critical reading and math are consistently Gaston County’s highest; and our AP test pass rate is over 80%. With general academic excellence in all upper school subjects, the writing and fine arts programs regularly win regional and national awards. Athletics and the fine arts remain integral to the comprehensive education that the school provides, and enrollment continues to top 500 students. Gaston Day School has a rich history and looks forward to a bright future of continued growth and academic excellence.


Vision & Mission

To be the finest independent day school in the southeastern United States.

To educate our students and prepare them for academic success and responsible, productive lives.

Community Values



Curiosity and Creativity

Service and Generosity

Responsibility and Self-Discipline

Confidence and Courage

Respect for Self and Others

Core Beliefs

The student is at the center of everything we do; the growth of the student is our foremost consideration.

The faculty will be highly qualified, professional, and care deeply about each student’s academic success and personal growth. The school is committed to developing our faculty and academic administrators into leaders in independent school education.

The curriculum will be inspiring, dynamic, and promote academic excellence, critical thinking, creative application, physical development and personal integrity. Further, it will reflect the best educational theory and practice, entertain innovation, and prepare our middle and upper school students to compete successfully in local, regional, and national competitions.

The school must be a place that keeps students safe physically and emotionally, and one that promotes our community values.

Summer Programs

Gaston Day School offers a variety of Summer Camp Programs for students ages PK-college.  Academics, arts, science, athletics or camps just to have fun, you’ll find a camp to make your summer awesome!

CLICK HERE for The 2016 Summer Camp Guide

For more information, contact:
Florence Kane,  Director of Summer Programs   704.864.7744, ext. 125


Gaston Day School is a nonsectarian, college-preparatory day school with a diverse student body. Gaston Day seeks to hire teachers and staff who will commit to a school environment that challenges academically, honors excellence in teaching and learning, respects differences and expects honesty. Gaston Day School is an equal opportunity employer and continually accepts general inquiries through submission of a resumé with a cover letter by mail to the Head of School:

Richard Rankin
Gaston Day School
2001 Gaston Day School Road
Gastonia, NC  28056

CURRENT OPENINGS: (click on the position to view a detailed description)

No positions available at this time


Gaston Day School
2001 Gaston Day School Rd
Gastonia, NC 28056

PH:  (704) 864-7744

Traveling North on I-85:

Take I-85 North towards Gastonia to Cox Road, Exit 21. Turn right at the top of the ramp and go 4.7 miles. Gaston Day School is on the left.

Traveling South on I-85:

Take I-85 South towards Gastonia to Cox Road, Exit 21. Turn left at the top of the ramp and go 4.7 miles. Gaston Day School is on the left.

From Carowinds/River Hills/Lake Wylie area:

Take I-77 to Carowinds Boulevard exit. Follow signs to Carowinds; go past Carowinds to Highway 49 and turn left. Follow Highway 49, crossing Buster Boyd Bridge and go through Lake Wylie. Turn right on Highway 274 and follow signs to Gastonia. Turn left at the “T” intersection of Highway 274 and Union Road (Union is also called 274). Turn right at the third stoplight onto Gaston Day School Road. Gaston Day School is approximately 1 mile on the right.

Next Steps

Get to Know Us.

Let us know you’re interested and we’ll send you everything you need to get  started.

I’m Interested.

Schedule a Tour.

See the full campus, visit the classrooms, and meet the exceptional faculty and staff.

Show Me Around.

Apply for Admission.

Ready to enroll? Begin the admission process by submitting an online application form.

Let’s Do It.