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Darlington School: Private Boarding School in Rome, GA
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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.

8th Grade Final Carline

Eighth-graders celebrate the end of the school year by riding in one final carline at Thatcher Hall before moving to the Upper School.

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Commencement Gallery 1

The Class of 2024 and their families, friends and teachers gather on the Chapel Lawn for the 119th Commencement ceremony, which featured an address by Gordon Smith ('71), longtime CEO and executive director of the U.S. Tennis Association and chair of Darlington's Board of Trustees. 

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Outstanding students, faculty recognized at Upper School Honors Day, Commencement

Upper School students and faculty were recognized at Honors Day on May 17 and at Commencement on May 18.

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8th Grade Moving-Up Ceremony

Eighth-graders celebrated their move to the Upper School in a special ceremony with friends and family in the Johnson-Drummond Ampitheater at Thatcher Hall.

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Senior Picnic

The Alumni Council hosted the annual Senior Picnic at Jaime and Barry Hurley's house to celebrate the Class of 2024 and welcome them into the Alumni Association. Seniors enjoyed a fun night of swimming, chatting with friends and great food.

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Meet Head of School Brent Bell.


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