About Carolina Day School

About Carolina Day School

Asheville’s Co-Ed Independent Day School

Where inclusive community, inspired teaching, and innovative program create a journey of excellence for each student

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A Journey of Excellence

Whether in the classroom, on stage, or on the athletic fields, our students are fully engaged. With a passion for learning and teaching, our exceptional teachers demonstrate an inspirational blend of compassion and high standards. It’s simple: bright, bold, curious, well-trained teachers and coaches lead by example and bring out the best in your child. We are Asheville’s only co-ed, independent, secular day school for grades PK3–12, and our Key School is a national leader in transforming students with language-based learning differences into high achievers and confident, capable learners. Discover what lies in store for your child at Carolina Day School in Asheville, North Carolina.

"CDS is simply a community that does everything to put the needs of students first... Every decision made, every sacrifice committed by the faculty, everything we do is for our kids.... This is what everyone means when they talk about the student/teacher relationships at CDS... It is about feeling valued and respected and knowing that this place understands that kids make mistakes and that there is real learning through one’s struggles. ...It is knowing that you can be you and it will be celebrated. This is what makes this such a special place." David Hertzinger
2019 Commencement Address to the Class of 2019