PCD's classrooms are designed and furnished to foster discussion and collaborative project based learning. The furniture is flexible to accommodate a variety of teaching and learning styles. Throughout the campus there are spaces for quiet individual reflection and study, as well as socializing, group activities, and community relationship building. There are pencils and paper and also technology to support all styles of classroom instruction. Classrooms are equipped with an interactive smart board and the library is equipped with a suite of fully loaded computers. PCD is a BYOD (bring your own device) school. Students are welcome to use their own tablets or laptops to suit individual learning styles. Personal devices are not required, nor are they needed to complete coursework and assignments successfully. However, access to a computer at home is essential, as many assignments use online resources and/or must be submitted online via our schoolwork portal. In addition, most of our school communication is electronic, so students and families will need to check email and the website regularly.
PCD's athletic facilities include on-campus fields for soccer, lacrosse, football, and baseball, as well as a 5K cross country course. Called the "best diamond in Rhode Island," Dickerman Diamond, which now includes a professional quality batting cage, is home not only to the league champion Knights, but also to the official Red Sox summer camp. The Evan R. West Field House and Moran Annex offer multiple full-size basketball/volleyball courts, a weight training room, and boys and girls locker rooms. Whether you are an experienced and committed athlete or are donning cleats for the first time, you will belong here. The swimming, golf, sailing, track, hockey, and tennis teams avail themselves of nearby facilities that allow athletes to practice and compete regularly.
In addition to traditional classrooms and technology to support student inquiry, the PCD campus includes the living classroom—a protected outdoor learning space with woodland trails, expanded diverse forest edge, and various gardens—each providing a different opportunity for outdoor exploration. PCD's unique 30.5 acre campus is home to productive hedgerows and a 10-acre forest that has five distinct forest ecosystems, vernal pools, one permanent pool, an active stream, rock outcrops and rich biodiversity.
The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and Music School is located directly across the street from the PCD campus. Their state-of-the-art practice and performance spaces, which include a digital piano lab, are home to PCD musicians. As a part of their daily schedule, PCD Upper and Middle school students can avail themselves of individual instruction with the Music School’s professional musicians, as well as use their acoustically optimized rehearsal halls for class instruction and practice space.
Visit the RI Philharmonic Orchestra and Music School website for additional information.
Leeds Library is a comprehensive resource center designed to support and enrich the academic curriculum at PCD.
We aim to nurture the diverse interests and abilities of our students and faculty, to impart skills and self-confidence, to provide a comfortable and caring atmosphere for individual and/or group study, and to foster a lifelong appreciation of reading, viewing, and listening as sources of pleasure and personal growth.
Our substantial collection of 14,000 volumes, nearly 50 periodicals, and extensive online resources and databases cover an array of academic disciplines and student interests. Our full-time librarian works in tandem with classroom teachers to provide instruction and guidance, and give students a solid foundation of research skills for school and beyond.
PCD's media-based visual arts program is supported by a 2-D studio for painting, printmaking, and drawing; a 3-D studio for pottery and sculpture, a digital studio for computer graphics and digital photography; and a multi-media studio for robotics and cross-disciplinary explorations. The da Vinci Lab is a dedicated space for artists to explore natural science and for environmental scientists to express themselves in new ways.
Our fully equipped digital lab, includes a suite of loaded Macs, a large format printer, a laser cutter, and a 3-D printer, for the study of computer graphics, digital photography, graphic design, and yearbook production.