Thank you for taking time to learn about this fantastic school that proudly serves the greater Hickory area. I appreciate your visiting our website and invite you to find out more about the many great opportunities and offerings at HDS. 

The motto for the City of Hickory is “Life. Well Crafted.” At Hickory Day School, we want to help students in Transitional Kindergarten (4-year-olds) through 8th grade learn how to craft their lives from an early age with knowledge and compassion. Our goal is to create globally aware, lifelong learners who are equipped to handle the exciting challenges of the 21st century.

Delivered in a nurturing environment, our academic program is college-preparatory and inquiry-based. In addition to core academics, students receive instruction in music, theater, visual arts, wellness, fitness, and foreign language. Students are grouped in two-year suites in order to optimize learning and stimulate instructional differentiation. We keep our class ratios at a very low level so that students and teachers may form close-knit bonds in which every student is treated as a respected individual with unique strengths and gifts.

Underpinning our programs is our accreditation by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO). There are currently about 4,300 IBO schools across the globe. Hickory Day School is one of only 15 elementary schools in North Carolina with this highly prestigious accreditation. At its most fundamental level, IBO seeks to develop global citizens who create a better world through education. The IBO program fosters cooperation and collaboration between and among students and teachers alike and promotes intercultural understanding and respect as an essential part of life in the 21st century. The students of HDS, who come from a vibrant mosaic of backgrounds, live out the goals of IBO on a daily basis, striving to be inquirers, thinkers, communicators, and risk-takers who are knowledgeable, principled, open-minded, caring, balanced, and reflective. 

Now in its 24th year, Hickory Day School has continually produced students who live out its lofty ideals and principles and who continue friendships forged on our 17-acre campus long after they leave. I invite you to explore this website to learn more about the experiences and programs that shape this extraordinary community. 

Please come visit! I’d be honored to give you a personal tour of this unique and extraordinary school community.

Rick Seay, Head of School