Admissions at PCD

Welcome to Providence Country Day School! We are glad you are here and appreciate you taking the time to learn more about PCD as you search for the best fit school for your child and family. We are excited to share our school and community with you and invite you to explore our website and social media pages, visit our campuses, and engage with us to discover “why PCD.” I also encourage you to introduce yourself via our Inquiry Form or reach out to any member of the Admissions Team at any time during your search process. We are always happy to help, and we look forward to assisting you during this exciting time.

On behalf of our Admissions Team,
PCD seeks to enroll students from diverse backgrounds who have shown consistently strong academic achievement, as well as responsible citizenship, intellectual curiosity, and the desire to be respectful and actively engaged members of their school community.
There are several components of the application, which help our office assess compatibility between the prospective student and the school. The process for each candidate at every grade level is personal, thorough, and self-reflective.

A Completed Application for Admission Consists of the Following

  1. An application form, including a $60 non-refundable application fee ($135 for international student applications). Please click the red "Apply Now" button above to begin your application. You may request a fee reduction here.
  2. Official transcript from current school (current and previous years), including standardized testing
  3. Teacher Recommendations: one from the current English teacher and one from the current Mathematics teacher
  4. Interview with a member of PCD's Admissions Office team
  5. Neuro-psychological or psycho-educational testing results, if applicable
*Please note: for students applying to PCD for the 2023-2024 school year, we will not require an entrance exam.

International Applicants

In addition to the application requirements listed above, admissions decisions are based on, but not limited to, the following:
  • Commitment to extracurricular activities
  • Citizenship or community service involvement
  • Writing samples and/or artistic submissions
  • Supplemental recommendations (coaches, group leaders, employers, etc.)

Important Application Deadlines

List of 4 items.

  • December 31, 2022*

    • Initial Parents' Financial Statement (PFS) deadline
    • W2 and 1040 tax form (all schedules) submission deadline (all 2021 documents must be submitted by this date. Please submit 2022 tax documents as they become available).
  • February 1, 2023*

    • Admissions application deadline
    • All admissions materials are due to the Admissions Office on this date.
  • February 24, 2023

    • Admissions and financial aid decision notification
    • All decisions for admission and financial aid will be mailed to applicants by this date.
  • March 10, 2023

    • Family decision notification
    • Enrollment contracts and decision notifications are due to PCD by this date.
*After the December 31 and February 1 deadlines, the Admissions Office will continue to accept applications on a rolling basis as space allows.

Please contact the Admissions Office, at (401) 438-5170 x137 if you are interested in learning more about PCD and the application process.

Campus Tours and Interviews

As part of the admissions process, prospective students typically spend some time visiting the Providence Country Day School or the Henry Barnard School campus. During the admissions season, we may make adjustments to our visit protocols in order to be in line with the most current health and safety recommendations of the Rhode Island Department of Health; we appreciate your flexibility and understanding.

Please contact the Admissions Office at 401-438-5170 x137 to schedule your visit. We look forward to meeting you soon!

Applicant Evaluation

It is important to keep in mind that all prospective students are evaluated relative to the pool of students applying at each grade level. PCD's Office of Admissions is committed to maintaining open and clear lines of communication with prospective students and their families to help make the search for an independent school a smooth and positive experience.
The Providence Country Day School does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, or sexual orientation in administration of its educational programs, activities, and employment practices in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.

Meet the Department

List of 4 members.

  • Photo of Cate Massey

    Cate Massey 

    Advancement Associate & International Student Coordinator
  • Photo of Diane Palazzo

    Diane Palazzo 

    Admissions Administrative Assistant
  • Photo of Melanie Parsons

    Melanie Parsons 

    Director of Admissions and Financial Aid
  • Photo of Peter Walsworth

    Peter Walsworth 

    Assistant Director of Admissions