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Please contact the admissions office for additional information or to schedule a visit.

401-438-5170 x137

Meet the department

Diane Palazzo

Admissions Administrative Assistant

Melanie Parsons

Director of Admissions and Financial Aid

Peter Walsworth

Assistant Director of Admissions

Key Dates


DECEMBER 31, 2019

  • Financial Aid application priority deadline
  • Initial Parents' Financial Statement (PFS) and 2018 tax documents (W2s and 1040 tax forms-all schedules) must be completed and uploaded to SSS in order for your application to be considered complete. Please submit 2019 tax documents as they become available.

FEBRUARY 1, 2020*

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

FEBRUARY 28, 2020

  • Admissions and financial aid decision notification
  • All decisions for admission and financial aid will be mailed to applicants no earlier than this date.

MARCH 13, 2020

  • Family decision notification
  • Enrollment contracts and decision notifications are due to PCD by this date.

*After February 1, the Admissions Office will continue to accept applications on a rolling basis as space allows.


Our Fall Open House and Winter Parent Visit Day allow prospective families the opportunity to tour our campus; meet current students, faculty, and parents; attend special-interest information sessions; and participate in a panel discussion. The Winter Parent Visit Day will give parents the opportunity to dive deeper into our program and community through class visits, a presentation on key components of our program, and conversations with our Head of School and Admissions Team.

NOVEMBER 2, 2019
Open House
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Registration in Corkery Auditorium, Metcalf Hall

JANUARY 15, 2020
Winter Parent Visit Day
8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Registration in Leeds Library, Lund Hall

Campus Visit and interview

As part of the admissions process, prospective students will spend some time visiting PCD. They will be paired with current students to spend the day visiting homeroom and classes and enjoying lunch with their hosts. During their visit, students will also complete their interview with a member of the Admissions Office team.

Parent visits are also a required part of the admissions process, and will consist of a tour of campus with a Student Ambassador and an interview with a member of the Admissions Office team. These visits are generally scheduled for the same day as the student visit.

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


All accepted students and their parents are invited to attend an Accepted Students Day Program.

MARCH 10, 2020

Middle School Accepted Student Day
8:00 a.m.
Leeds Library, Lund Hall

MARCH 12, 2020

Upper School Accepted Student Reception
4:00-5:30 p.m.
Corkery Auditorium, Metcalf Hall

For more information or to RSVP, please contact the Admissions Office, at 401-438-5170 x137.


All students applying to grades 6–11 are required to take either the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam) or SSAT (Secondary School Admissions Test). The tests are administered throughout the year at PCD and at various schools in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. For further information regarding testing dates and locations, testing fees, and to register for the tests, please go to or The tests will be administered at PCD at 9:00 a.m. in Lund Hall on the dates listed below. Test registration must be completed three weeks prior to the testing date.


  • November 9, 2019
  • January 18, 2020
  • April 4, 2020


  • November 16, 2019
  • December 14, 2019
  • January 4, 2020
  • February 8, 2020
  • March 7, 2020
  • April 25, 2020