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  1. "Disappointed in this "independent" school"

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    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Davidson Day School full-time

    Pros

    Nice building, parent population is supportive of school

    Cons

    leadership is average at best and not in line with high academic rigor, limited athletic facilities and unable to sustain keeping athletes at the school who were productive both academically and athletically

    Advice to Management

    Begin anew, there is not the feeling that one is entering a true private school environment but one of talking the talking and not walking the walk


  2. "squandered opportunity to become a solid independent school by privileging athletics"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Some excellent teachers, nice facilities, good location, strong parent backing

    Cons

    Lost their way about 3 years ago, many founding families left the school after marketing of school focused on athletics instead of education, the greater Davidson community understands what went on and the school's reputation which was becoming stronger fell by the wayside
    Previous headmaster should never be allowed to be in education

    Advice to Management

    Reemphasize education


  3. "Has become a really HOSTILE place to work"

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    Former Employee - Assistant in Davidson, NC
    Former Employee - Assistant in Davidson, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Davidson Day School full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Most of the people, a good portion of the parents are really decent. There are some fine teachers there.

    Cons

    Administration is very disorganized and keep pointing fingers at everything and everyone when they should be looking in the mirror. There is a lot of "lack of planning" and everythig is done at the last minute. So when you do make a mistake, you are raked over the coals regardless of how impossible it was to do you job. Seems the only people who make mistakes are the ones doing the work - Admin is perfect.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house. All of upper admin needs to go.


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  5. "Financially Irresponsible and chaotic leadership"

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    Current Employee - Director in Davidson, NC
    Current Employee - Director in Davidson, NC
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Mediocre to good teachers and decent discounted tuition for your childeren. If you are a 10 or 11 month employee, you get good vacations. The headmaster has a nice $30K fish tank. Not much else for the pros

    Cons

    Financially unstable
    Nepotisim reigns supreme
    no planning or management style to speak of. Chaos defines this organization.
    The registrar and front desk people are demeaning and worthless. Worse, they don't even know how to do thier own jobs.
    No room for advancement
    Turnover is very high making an inconsistant environment.
    The school paid for, $30K fish tank in headmaster's office.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the headmaster, lose the football team and the financial aid football players. Make the school about the kids agin, not the headmaster's whims. The problems can be traced to the top. All of the the recklessness, chaos, and poor behavior is mirrored off of the headmaster.


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    "not a good place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Davidson, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Davidson, NC
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    if you have other options, then take them

    Cons

    hostile, unsuportive, reckless financial situation

    Advice to Management

    needs a new leader


  7. "blame game"

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Davidson Day School as an intern

    Pros

    Good choice for students who thrive in smaller ponds.

    Cons

    There is far too much "how are they getting away with that?" going on at this school. Certain sports program seems to have carte blanche in admissions and school culture. It is very difficult to watch a 17 year old sophmore and all of his teammates interact with 13 and 14 year old sophmores. Something is not right and unfortunatly, my personal belief is that it has a prison culture mindset...there is very little respect between the students outside of their "group". I think many parents would cringe if they saw their children cowtail to other students.

    Advice to Management

    Stop blaming the former headmaster. I think its best to cater to the lower school and put forth effort into molding these students into good kids. I think as much as possible they need to be seperated from the happenings of the middle and upper school. The problems of the upper school scare the lower school students into thinking its time to bail.