Porter-Gaud was founded in 1867 by Reverend Dr. Anthony Toomer Porter of the Church of the Holy Communion to mold "the hearts and minds" of young men. The school went on to become the Porter Military Academy, and then merged with Gaud and Watt schools in 1964. Today, Porter-Gaud School is one of the Southeast's leading independent schools.
A Porter-Gaud education offers students rigorous academics in the core areas of study - English, Math, Science, History, and World Languages (including Chinese, Spanish, Latin, and French) - and array of opportunities in religion, technology, and the humanities. We offer more than 180 classes and 21 AP courses in the Upper School.
Students begin working with the College Counseling team in the 9th grade. Our college matriculation list includes Harvard University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, UNC Chapel Hill, University of Southern California, University of Virginia, Middlebury College, Clemson Honors, and Bowdoin College, to name a few. Typically, more than 95% of our graduates qualify for South Carolina Lottery Scholarship.