Gray Stone Ranks Nationally for College Readiness

According to the September 2015 issue of Newsweek, Gray Stone Day School once again is listed as one of America’s Top High Schools for 2015.  Nationally, the school ranked 237 out of 500 schools that made the list.  It was reported that the school had a college readiness score of 80.5% and a college bound and graduation rate of 100%.  According to the Federal Department of Education, the US is home to over 30,000 secondary (high) schools.  

Gray Stone joins 14 other high schools in North Carolina who made the list; however, all of those but one are in urban areas.  “This shows that we are fulfilling our mission to provide rural students with a college preparatory education that competes with high schools in urban areas,” said Helen Nance, Chief Administrative Officer at the school.

The ranking is based on graduation rate, AP scores, SAT scores, retention of students to stay at the school, and counselor to student ratio.

Nance is proud of the school's accomplishments and said, “Gray Stone has outstanding teachers to thank who work tirelessly to provide a unique, quality education. Our students are passionate about learning and work very hard to be prepared for college.  We are very proud to be recognized on this list, but our mission statement and goals remain the same, and we’ll passionately continue to learn and improve, just as our students do every day.”

Gray Stone Day School is a public charter high school serving grades 9-12 on the campus of Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, NC. 

Three Gray Stone students were recently selected from among statewide applicants for the prestigious Perry Initiative. This program is designed to inspire "young women to be leaders in the exciting fields of Orthopaedic Surgery and Engineering." The program consists of an intensive investigation of the fields of engineering or orthopaedics and is hosted by colleges and universities throughout the nation several times per year. Applicants were selected based on career interests and academic record. According to the Perry Initiative website ( ... Despite the increasing number of women entering medical and graduate school, women constitute only 12% of the academic faculty in orthopaedics and 7% of practicing orthopaedists, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Only 11% of the faculty at engineering schools are women, with that percentage being lower for mechanical engineering. Ilya Wang, Chloe Burks, and Shannon Efird have been selected to participate in the program being held at Wake Forest University. Join us in congratulating these fine young women.

Gray Stone fall sports have just concluded another great season. The fall slate includes Women’s Tennis, Men’s Soccer, Women’s Volleyball, and Men’s and Women’s Cross Country all competing in the Yadkin Valley West Conference. Women’s golf also competes in the fall but does not compete in the Yadkin Valley Conference because no other conference schools field teams.

The admissions lottery for 2015-2016 enrollment was held on Thursday, December 4th at 4pm.  A lottery was held for the 9th grade only.  


The accepted students list includes students who were drawn through the lottery.  Those students will combine with the 42 students given Enrollment Priority to become the Class of 2019!  Enrollment Priority is based on being a sibling of a current student, a child of a full time employee or board member at Gray Stone, or a sibling of a student who completed four years at Gray Stone.

Accepted Students 15-16 - 9th Grade

The waiting list includes students drawn through the lottery who were not drawn under the erollment cap established by the school.  In most years, those students on the waiting list have been fortunate enough to get a call.  Please feel free to check back with us each month to see where we are in terms of enrollment.

Waiting List 15-16 - 9th Grade

According to the September 2014 issue of Newsweek, Gray Stone Day School ranks first in North Carolina among America’s Top High Schools. Nationally, the school ranked 203 out of 494 schools that made the list.  It was reported that the school had a college readiness score of 87% and a college bound and graduation rate of 93%.  Gray Stone also received a gold star for economically disadvantaged students performing at or above grade level on state assessments.  According to the Federal Department of Education, the US is home to over 30,000 secondary (high) schools. 

newsweekNewsweek’s rankings of America’s Top High Schools highlights schools that provide the absolute best preparation for college bound students.  Newsweek reported, “This year, our methodology is more stringent than ever with new measures of quality and a higher standard for data.”