Middle & Upper School Admission (Grades 5-11)


The Application Process

STEP 1: Submit an Online Inquiry

Begin the process of learning more about the Porter-Gaud difference by completing our brief Online Inquiry Form for each potential applicant. This is a required step in the application process and will officially enter your family in our admission system.

STEP 2: Register to attend an Discover Porter-Gaud Open House and schedule a Student Shadow Day

Discover Porter-Gaud Open House

The best way to discover the difference a Porter-Gaud education would make for your Middle or Upper School child is to register for one of our Discover Porter-Gaud Open Houses. These parent-only events include an overview of the Middle and Upper School and a tour of the school. These events include a small-group presentation providing an overview of the Middle and Upper Schools, a question and answer session, and a campus tour that includes class visits and the chance to speak informally with current students, faculty, and staff members about their experiences at Porter-Gaud. You will see the school in action and develop a clearer understanding of what makes Porter-Gaud the premier independent school in Charleston.

Discover Porter-Gaud Open Houses are led by Director of Admission Ken Hyde. Throughout the application process, Ken will serve as your child’s advocate. He will seek to learn as much as possible about your child, your family, and the type of independent school education you’re seeking as well as answer your questions and provide you with the information you need to determine if Porter-Gaud is the right fit for your family.

Our Discover Porter-Gaud Middle and Upper School Open Houses for the 2016-2017 school year have been completed. To schedule and individual parent meeting and tour, please contact Admission Assistant Kathleen Beck at (843) 402-4726 or email her at kbeck@portergaud.edu.

Student Shadow Day

Applicants for grades 5-11 are invited to spend the day shadowing their future classmates. Prospective students attend classes, lunch, and Community Time with a student host and immerse themselves in the Porter-Gaud experience.

Prospective students may shadow on a Monday, Tuesday, or Friday. To register your child to shadow, please call Kathleen Beck at (843) 402-4726 to schedule.

Parent Meeting

If your family is traveling to Charleston from out of town or you are unable to attend one of our scheduled Open Houses, please contact Admission Assistant Kathleen Beck at 843.402.4726 or send an email to kbeck@portergaud.edu to schedule an individual parent meeting and campus tour.

Parent meetings involve meeting with Ken Hyde, Director of Admission, taking a tour of the campus, observing classes, and speaking informally with current students, faculty, and staff members about their experiences at Porter-Gaud and generally last 60-90 minutes. During your discussion, we will seek to learn as much as possible about your child, your family, and the type of independent school education you’re seeking as well as answer your questions and provide you with the information you need to determine if Porter-Gaud is the right fit for your family. Ken will serve as your child’s advocate throughout the application process. Available meeting times include 900 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 1:00 p.m., although additional times may be added as needed.

STEP 3: Complete the Application for Admission

Prospective parents should complete the following application documents online and submit the non-refundable $75 application fee.

APPLY ONLINE

STEP 4: Release of Records

Below you will find a Release of Records document. Please take this form to your child's current school. It authorizes your child's school to send the recommendation forms to Porter-Gaud, along with standardized test scores, transcripts, and other relevant information.

STEP 5: Register for Admission Testing

Porter-Gaud requires admission testing of all applicants. The Middle and Upper School offers two admission testing dates for the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam. Porter-Gaud's School Number = 410412)

Saturday, December 3, 2016 from 9:00–12:00 p.m. Registration closed.

Saturday, January 21, 2017 from 9:00–12:00 p.m. Registration closed.

Saturday, February 4, 2017 from 9:00-12:00 p.m. Registration closed.

Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 9:00-12:00 p.m.

Registration for these test dates is required and Porter-Gaud must have a completed application, including the non-refundable $75 application fee, on file prior to the test date. Students may register themselves for the test and pay at ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam). Admission testing may also be conducted in or near the family's hometown.

While preparation is not necessary, ISEE offers a preparation guide for the test.

STEP 6: Admission Decision

The Admission Office will contact you when your child’s application is complete.

  • Application Deadline (Annual Decision Round): Friday, February 10, 2017
  • Admission Decisions Communicated to Families: Friday, March 3, 2017
  • Enrollment Deadline for Accepted Applicants: Friday, March 10, 2017

All applications received after the deadline for the annual Decision Round deadline will be considered on a rolling basis, providing that space and funding remain available.

Application Checklist

The following items must be received by Porter-Gaud no later than Friday, February 10, 2017 in order for an applicant to be considered during the annual Decision Round.

To Be Submitted by the Prospective Parents:

  • Application for Admission with non-refundable $75 application fee for each applicant.
  • Parent Questionnaire
  • Student Questionnaire
  • Release of Records Form
  • Immunization Record

To Be Submitted by the Applicant’s Current School:

  • Current Transcripts
  • Current Math Teacher Recommendation
  • Current English or Language Arts Recommendation
  • Current Principal Recommendation

In Addition, Prospective Families are Required to Schedule:

  • Discover Porter-Gaud Open House or individual Parent Meeting
  • Student Shadow Day
  • Admission Testing (Available ISEE test dates are December 3, January 21, and February 4, and April 8. For more details, visit the ISEE website.)


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