Founded in 1905, Darlington School is an independent, coeducational, college-preparatory school for boarding students in grades 9-12 and day students in PK-12. For more than 100 years, Darlington has prepared students for college and life by putting equal emphasis on academic rigor and character development.
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. Students from an average of 25 states and 30 countries join the Darlington Community each year.
Stretching for 500 acres, the campus is nestled around a small lake in the foothills of the Lookout Mountain Range in Rome, Ga., a medical center and college town located approximately one hour northwest of Atlanta.
In a world where knowledge is always expanding, Darlington School stays ahead of the curve by offering an academic program focused on the development of critical and creative thinking skills. The curriculum is global in focus and personal in delivery, offering talented faculty members the opportunity to design learning experiences that not only prepare students for a lifetime of thoughtful living and learning, but that help them discover and nurture their unique passions inside and outside the classroom. AP and Honors courses are offered in all areas. Signature academic programs include the Global Studies Program, Robotics, the Teaching and Learning Center, and more..
To empower students to learn with passion, act with integrity and serve with respect.
Private schools, including parochial and boarding, are funded through tuition and fees. The cost varies from school to school, but most families pay tuition to attend them. Many private schools offer financial aid or discounts, so it's worthwhile to ask about these options.
Whether it’s a powder puff football game, open mic night, an afternoon volunteering at the Boys & Girls Club, opening night of the school musical, or an outdoor intramural volleyball match, there is always something in motion at Darlington School. We encourage our students to get involved and become connected to both the school and local community through social and cultural activities as well as through servant leadership. Student life at Darlington finds its richness in its diversity. By their senior year, our students are likely to find themselves working and playing alongside others who have been here since pre-K as well as first-year residents from far-off countries like Germany or Korea.
Competing in the Georgia High School Association, Darlington School fields varsity teams in 12 sports for boys and 14 sports for girls. Junior varsity teams are also available in most sports. GHSA teams include baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and wrestling. Outside of GHSA, student-athletes can participate in crew as well as year-round soccer, tennis and golf academies that enroll motivated student-athletes from around the world seeking an excellent college-preparatory education and elite training within a single, competitive program.
Additionally, Darlington School offers a variety of visual and performing arts opportunities, including media arts, theatre arts, choral and instrumental music, and more. Student artists of all ages have been recognized for their talents, both locally and nationally. The school also offers a unique Instrumental Music Conservatory program that provides a full range of musical training that includes basic lessons, master classes, juried recitals and audition preparation. This program draws upon the expertise of local and regional performing artists.
The best part is: When it comes to extracurricular activities, there’s time for everything at Darlington School. Some of the school's top athletes are also star musicians, vocalists and actors. At Darlington, you really can do it all!