A group of families first proposed the idea for Hickory Day School in 1991. A steering committee was formed to guide the establishment of a school that combined a nurturing environment with a curriculum enriched by hands-on learning experiences. In the fall of 1993, Hickory Day School opened. 

Hickory Day School is an independent, non-sectarian, college-preparatory, co-educational school in the greater Hickory area that offers instruction to students in transitional kindergarten through eighth grade.

In its tenth year, Hickory Day School applied for candidate status with the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO). Having successfully completed the candidate phase, the school first hosted the visiting IBO authorization team in April 2005. In July of that year, the school received notification of the committee's decision, and Hickory Day School became the fourth school in the state to become an authorized International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. Teachers and administrators continue to receive training and professional development to support the IBO mission of the school.

Many opportunities exist for individualized instruction to ensure that students remain engaged in our academically rigorous interdisciplinary program. Appropriate student-to-teacher ratio by grade level is a strong emphasis within our program.