Darlington School: About Darlington

About Darlington

In 1905, a group of young graduates along with John Paul and Alice Allgood Cooper, found themselves moved by the memory of a former teacher. That man, Joseph James Darlington, had taught them so much. Not only through lectures and books, but through his character, his insatiable desire for knowledge, and his concern for the greater good. These students came together, and from that desire to honor their teacher Darlington School was born.
Mr. Darlington's legacy of child-centered holistic education lives on in the approximately 750 students in grades pre-K to 12. Our school community builds character and connection through a representation of an average of 15 states and 20 countries worldwide.
To quote from the original charter, Darlington was organized and incorporated “not for pecuniary gain” but “for educational and literary purposes, in which may be taught all branches of learning.” Today, Darlington is so much more than a college-preparatory school. It's a place where curiosity can grow into wisdom. A place where empathy transforms into service. And where honesty galvanizes into honor.

5 Reasons Why I Give

Part of the commitment my husband and I have made to Darlington, the place where we met and married, is support of The Darlington Fund, and I'd like to share five reasons #WhyIGive.

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Festival of Lessons & Carols service returns Sunday

Darlington School will officially welcome the holidays this year with the 35th annual Festival of Lessons & Carols, which returns to Morris Chapel on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. The free event is open to the public and will also be streamed live.

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Student-athletes recognized at Fall Sports Assembly

Outstanding athletes in varsity cheerleading, crew, cross country, football, softball and volleyball were recognized at the Fall Sports Assembly on Monday, Dec. 3, in Morris Chapel.

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Southern impressionism artist to work with fine arts students

Georgia native and Southern impressionism artist David Boyd Jr. will visit Darlington School on Dec. 13-14, 2018 to work with visual arts students and provide a hands-on art experience, share tips and techniques, answer questions, and give a real-world perspective on his creative approach to art. 

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Tech Competition

Darlington's annual Tech Competition featured a wide variety of student projects that showcased skills in animation and 3D design to video production and digital photography and everything in between.

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Meet Head of School Brent Bell.


Wisdom, service and honor are a part of everything we do.