School Details

Carolina Day School

1345 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, NC 28803
(828) 274-0757

(out of 10)

Private Grades K-12 640 students Unknown students/teacher

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About this school

Carolina Day School is a private high school in Asheville. The principal of Carolina Day School is Kirk Duncan and can be contacted at 640 students attend Carolina Day School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. T C Roberson High is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 91% %
Hispanic 3% %
Black, non-Hispanic 2% %
Asian 2% %
Multiracial 0.8% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    Our daughter has attended Carolina Day School since pre-k and is now in the Upper School. The school offers a rigorous curriculum high expectations and caring teachers. Comparing the level our daughter is at with acquaintances at the public schools we feel that her education is superior and she will be well-equipped to handle college. The other students especially in the Upper School treat each other like a small family. Attend the graduation ceremonies and listen to the graduating students give their speech they all have the opportunity to do so. Most of them are in tears thanking their teachers and classmates whom they refer to as family. That says it all for us; we'll be there till she graduates!

  • (9 months ago)

    I had my son in this school for couple of years .he experienced a non welcoming and rude enviroment in the school .he is an A+ and a well behaved student .he was called in office 5 or 6 times on a behavior complains and then they call parents to office and lecture them in a pretty strict and unprofessional tone .they also like to threat parents every time if they are not in a good mood .later we found out that the complains were from the kids of teachers and they responded without any efforts to find out that who did that .one of the reason for that was also because of the diversity .he is not white so he will be in trouble every time if something happens .my son is in public school .he won 6 awards in his elementary and I see a big smile on his face when he talk about his current public school .almost everyday he says that "I have the best teachers in my class ".so my advice to the parents ......please if you have a good public school in your district then that will be the best for your child .don't go for this private school.every year they are increasing fee and student enrollment is going doing because of their poor performance and poor choice of administration.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school pales in comparison to the public schools in my district. Both my husband and I attended Carolina Day and started our children there in kindergarden as well expecting them to go all the way through high school. My daughter did fine though didnt seem very challenged but my son had reading difficulties that were never caught by his teachers. With the smaller class sizes I would have hoped a teacher would have poiinted this out to me. I suspected and later learned that one of his teachers was basically deaf in one ear and the other either didn't care or was checked out. I pulled both my kids from Carolina Day and sent them to the public school near our home after hearing rave reviews from our neighbors. Both of my children have excelled there and have told me they are challenged so much more than at Carolina Day. I don't pretend that all public schools are excellent - most have a lot of work to do. But I am so happy with the public schools (elementary and high school especially) in my area and am grateful that my son's earlier reading issue led me to give them a chance!

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is amazing and the primary focus is well centered on the children and how to teach according to their learning styles keeping the environment challenging and safe. Greatest school in the area.

  • (1 year ago)

    My son has been at Key School for 2 years now and it has been just what he needed. An excellent fit. He went from being a boy terrified and discouraged with respect to reading to a boy who always has a book in his hands! He loves it there and the other students and the teachers "get" how he is wired. I highly recommend it. I wish it were a lower cost to be more in reach for all but the school does community outreach & has a pool of great tutors at their "tutoring connection". We are not elitist or wealthy; the school has been very supportive of our son's learning and nurturing his gifts. We appreciate their positive view of students with learning differences!

  • (1 year ago)

    I am bewildered by the wide range of reviews. It's either the best or the worst. No school is perfect for every child. It is always difficult to be part of a new school especially after many of the students have been together since p-k. I have had 2 children and now my 4 grandchildren attend this school. I sat on the board and havebeen part of parents group. One thing that never changes is the caring and talented teachers. Both my children did well in college and felt well prepared. One grandchild just completed 2 years at Key school and has entered the Middle school where he is excited about going to school everyday. They recognized that he might be having difficulty in Kindergarden. A plan was put in place and carefully monitored. Are the facilities bright and shiny with every gadget that has come along no. What they do have are well trained teachers who get the most out of each child. They realize every child doesn't learn the same way and work with their talents. I think if you are interested set up an appointment and judge for yourself. It may be the perfect place for your child.

  • (1 year ago)

    i had my son in this school .he never liked it since the first day .very rude and ignorant environment .curriculum is not according to the grade standard .this school can not compete a good public school .public schools runs on the organized system while this school has nothing like that .i do not recommend this school to anyone.worst ever school i have ever seen

  • (1 year ago)

    I am both a parent of a child at the Key School and a public educator. The Key School has been a truly remarkable experience for my daughter. She was very successful in public school (A's & 4's on EOG's) but I could tell she wasn't enjoying school. The Key School focuses on a child's strengths while providing a comprehensive multi-sensory program for her dyslexia. We tried the public school route with tutoring but she was exhausted from the hours of tutoring after school. Now she has a differentiated program during school and has the energy to EXCEL in sports and other activities after school. We aren't "rich" and I have to work to put her through school. Every day I am thankful that we have the Key School in Asheville.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have had a wonderful experience at Carolina Day. The school has consistently provided intellectually and academically advanced child the enrichment and acceleration that she has needed over the years. The school is flexible and looks at the needs of the whole child to provided appropriate accommodations for exceptional and twice exceptional children. I highly recommend it for a rich educational experience.

  • (1 year ago)

    Spent 2 years at this school (after receiving a partial scholarship for our gifted 2nd grader). Though the curriculum is taught at a higher level than public school there was no plan in place for gifted students - no AIG program. Our child was consistently sent to the office for "behavioral" problems where we were lectured to by the lower school principal in a condescending tone and eventual threatened expulsion with the undertone that we needed to medicate. It was not until the 2nd semester that we learned that the teacher was having issues and took a leave of absence. Still CDS never took responsibility for the poor experience. If you have an average to slightly above average student and a hugely above average bank account I suppose this school may work out for you. Go to the staff directory first and see if you can find a person of color if diversity in education means anything to you.

  • (1 year ago)

    Carolina Day School is a little gem of a school. CDS serves 650 students from pre-K through 12. It has the best student-teacher ratios around; many classrooms have teacher assistants. Students get plenty of one-on-one attention and receive extra help in subjects that challenge them. If a topic sparks special interest teachers encourage that student and support him in pursuing it further. The quality of education is unparalleled. The challenging curriculum gives upper school students an edge when applying for college. The Key School (a separate part of CDS) offers specialized assistance to students with learning differences. Carolina Day imparts the virtues of honesty integrity compassion and working hard to achieve one's goals to its students. CDS reaches out into to the community stressing volunteerism to help prepare its charges to be future leaders. Carolina Day feels like family. It is a close-knit welcoming community. Parents and alumni are very involved and enjoy participating in the classroom. My daughter has blossomed at Carolina Day - personally socially and academically. I would highly recommend it to any family looking for high-quality personalized education.

  • (1 year ago)

    The best education in town. We have three kids there and they enjoy going to school being challenged academically and having wonderful opportunity in sports.

  • (1 year ago)

    Carolina Day is an amazing school! They are kind whole-child focused innovative educators who continue to impress me at every step. I am blessed to have one child completing his 3 years at the Key School and three other children in various divisions of the school. I have been delighted as a parent. I see such loving teachers who truly love what they do and the kids seem so happy - both challenged and supported. I would say please understand that many contented parents don't leave a review because they aren't looking at this website. The school is remarkable.

  • (1 year ago)

    The Key School is too small never any room and pretty run down for the high price tag of $25 000. Get yourself an Orton Gillingham Trained Tutor and do not bother with this place. They have nerve. They do not pay the teachers anywhere NEAR what they are worth. 3 kids per reading class 10 or more in Math...not what you think it is going to be. High turnover. Rude arrogant rednecks.

  • (1 year ago)

    Let's get this out of the way Carolina Day is a "rich kid" school and at around $20 000 a year per child how could it not be? But that being said it is a wonderful school with strong academics and teachers who truly care about the "whole" child. No school is perfect but CDS comes pretty close. I've had children in both the Lower School and the Middle School and have been very happy with the education both of them have received. The MS is particular is excellent at conflict resolution and very proactive in discouraging bullying. The kids are rather pampered but for the most part they are really good kids. I plan on keeping mine there through high school.

  • (2 years ago)

    Loved the school for awhile until it began to focus on the richest of the rich. Tuition increases. Love the community and the people and for those whom the tuition is pocket change great school. For those who work hard to make the tuition can't keep up with the increases.

  • (2 years ago)

    I enrolled my son two years ago he find hard time in making friends also the environment is rude and administration is well know of making unjustified decisions . This school always favor those whose parents work their There is a bunch of upper class (rich) people who do not welcome new kids into their circle they always make a boundary between them and other kids .Pretty rude and non welcoming environment .The principal and her assistant are pretty mean ladies . They can do what ever they want and no one can raise questions against them . Now my sone is in public school and is friend with his whole class . The teachers admire him and he love to go to school every single morning .

  • (2 years ago)

    The Key School at Carolina Day was extremely disappointing and financially cumbersome; made all the more frustrating by the arrogance of the Administration at Carolina Day School.

  • (2 years ago)

    For all of the bonuses of Carolina Day including many fine teachers this school is over-hyped. A few teachers though are downright hostile towards students. The education offered especially in the middle school is not nearly worth the fortune paid for it. Of course if your child is a self-motivated student then their situation may be fine. However many genuinely outstanding students are not challenged appropriately. Discipline is quite lax in the middle and upper schools. Parents are not welcome on middle school field trips where something always "happens" and might not have occurred if more adults were present. Repeated administrative firings meant to spur the school in new directions have eroded morale and confidence in recent years. The Key School is the growth component of CDS. The middle school program is hardly "college prep." Individual families may find differences based on their income and perceived social status. Still I might have given 4 stars were it not for the price tag.

  • (3 years ago)

    I've been a student at this school since Pre-K (I'm now a senior ) and I'm so thankful that my parents were able to send me here. Every school has its flaws and I'll admit that CDS is a little too obsessed with keeping a good image and that some people are snooty. However if a student is willing CDS also provides a fantastic education. I feel much more prepared for college than many of my peers at other nearby schools. I love all my teachers and actually enjoy going to class. Furthermore CDS is a great school for strengthening writing skills and also for promoting service in the community. In the upper school there is a strong feeling of trust. People leave their iPhones and laptops sitting out without fear of them being stolen. Teachers take your word for the truth and the honor code upholds integrity. I'll admit that some groups of students are better than others and you always run the risk that your kid will be in a small class with some not-so-nice kids (especially in middle school.) But mean kids are easy to avoid and there are plenty of nice ones to befriend. Bottom line CDS is a great place for people who like to learn.

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