The Providence Country Day School (PCD) is expanding to offer a 5th grade class to their student body for the 2021-2022 school year as a result of overwhelming demand.
This class will add approximately 15 students to the total enrollment at PCD, which currently includes 215 students across grades 6 through 12.
The addition comes on the heels of The PCD Quest announcement this past October, an initiative at PCD which embraces the vision that education needs to be accessible, personal, and relevant. Most notably, PCD will be resetting their tuition starting this fall by 36%, as well as adding The PCD Playbook, a personalized plan that evolves with the student and functions as a strategic tool for teachers, parents, and students to set goals and know how to achieve them.
The tuition reset, combined with the school's demonstrated ability to adeptly respond to meet the evolving needs of students and families throughout the pandemic, has resulted in more than double the number of applicants to date, according to Kevin Folan, Head of School at PCD.
"Now more than ever, families are faced with innumerable obstacles to providing their children with a quality education. At PCD, we want to make sure education is accessible, personal, and relevant, and we have had many current and prospective families ask if we would consider giving their children access to our exceptional academics by adding a class year. As with all things, PCD aims to be nimble at responding to change and the needs of our community, and this is no different," Folan said in his community announcement of the expansion.
Adding a 5th grade is a natural way to expand the student body, with PCD's Head of Middle School Jennifer Caletri expressing excitement about the change: "This is an incredibly special way for students to begin their journey into middle school and the PCD community. I am delighted to welcome the class of 2029 and watch as lifelong friendships and memories are made."
Applications are currently being accepted, with the first round of admissions and financial aid decisions released on February 26th. Enrollment will continue on a rolling basis until classes reach capacity. For information about applying, visit www.providencecountryday.org/admissions.