Who We Are

 Mission Statement

Porter-Gaud is an Episcopal, coeducational, independent, college preparatory day school. We acknowledge the sovereignty of God, recognize the worth of the individual, and seek to cultivate a school community that endows its citizens with a foundation of moral and ethical character and intellect. Porter-Gaud fosters a challenging academic environment that honors excellence in teaching and learning, respects differences, expects honesty, and applauds achievement. The school strives to create an environment that nurtures and protects what we value most in our children: their faith, their curiosity, their talents, their integrity, their humanity, and their dreams.


Porter-Gaud is a school where students grow beyond expectations in all the ways we value most. Rather than learning subjects, they master them. Rather than abiding by codes of honor and faith, they live them. Rather than reaching their limits, they realize they don’t have any. Guided by an exceptional faculty, and working in a vibrant campus environment, students discover the interests, talents and passions that will define their future. And they develop the discipline they’ll need to succeed in every aspect of their academic, personal and professional lives.

A future no doorframe can measure.

Children are far more than the yardsticks we use to measure them. More than the joys of the moment and the hopes we have for their future. Each is also the sum of lessons learned, friendships made, and dreams realized. Our challenge is to address all of the factors that help children create the adults they’ll become. Offering coeducational instruction in grades 1-12, Porter-Gaud is an independent, college-preparatory day school in Charleston, South Carolina. Our wooded, 80-acre campus is located along the banks of the Ashley River, just a few minutes from the city’s historic heart. Resembling a small college rather than a traditional “bigbox” school, the campus includes separate buildings for Lower, Middle and Upper School classes. There are common facilities for athletics, chapel, art, music, study, dining and assembly, so the opportunity for interaction between younger and older students is commonplace, helping to develop a sense of community and a shared identity.

I’m forever grateful to my parents and grandparents for the choices they made so I could attend PG. It was so important to me that my son have the same experiences, the same foundation.

Dr. Laurie Elliott Milligan: class of 1991, Gavin: class of 2021