PCD at a Glance

The Providence Country Day School, established in 1923, is a college-preparatory school serving students in grades 5–12. Through a vigorous hands-on program of academics, visual and performing arts, competitive athletics, and service, PCD students develop as independent and critical thinkers, resourceful creators, and resilient innovators.

PCD's mission and values are upheld by a faculty distinguished by academic excellence and deep personal commitment. Deep and lasting relationships are at the very core of our teaching and learning. Our diverse student population is drawn from more than 45 communities throughout southeastern New England and around the world.


Founded: 1923

Grades: 5–12

Elementary education (starting at PreK): with our partner, the Henry Barnard School

Total Enrollment: 255 students

Upper School: 180 students

Middle School: 75 students

Communities: 45+ communities in southeastern New England plus a vibrant international population

Average Class Size: 12 students

Campus Size: 31.5 acres (including 10-acre Living Classroom forest)

Number of Faculty: 36

Number of Alumni: 4,015

Signature Programs: Chafee Leadership Forum, The Living Classroom, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Physics First, arts winter session, First Year Foundations, Senior Wellness program, Community Curriculum, and Community Service

Students Receiving Financial Aid: 40%

Athletic Teams: PCD offers a wide range of athletic opportunities, including baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, sailing, soccer, swimming, tennis, and track and field.

Clubs: 15+ co-curricular clubs and activities


  • NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools),
  • NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges),
  • AISNE (Association of Independent Schools in New England),
  • SSATB (Secondary School Admission Test Board),
  • CSEE (Council for Spiritual and Ethical Education),
  • ICG (Independent Curriculum Group),
  • MISBO (Independent School Purchasing Consortium),
  • ISARI (Independent School Association of RI)