Thank you for your interest in Porter-Gaud School. We have been inspiring students with a well-rounded, challenging, and innovative independent school education since 1867.
Today, Porter-Gaud holds true to its mission of fostering a challenging academic environment that honors teaching and learning, respects differences, expects honesty, and applauds achievement. All great journeys start with a first step, and we encourage you to find out for yourself what Porter-Gaud is all about.
On behalf of our team, I look forward to the opportunity to personally show you our campus, to speak with you about your hopes and dreams for your child(ren), and to answer your questions about our exceptional programs, talented faculty, and the vision for the future of our School.
Ken Hyde, Director of Admission and Enrollment
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Below are some of the questions most often asked by our prospective families. We hope this information is helpful, and we encourage you to reach out to our Admission Office for further details.
- How many students attend Porter-Gaud?
- In which grades does Porter-Gaud admit new students?
- When should my family start the application process?
- What is the best way to learn about Porter-Gaud?
- What are the hours of the school day?
- Does Porter-Gaud provide lunch?
- Does Porter-Gaud have after-school care and enrichment opportunities?
- Which grades offer competitive interscholastic sports?
- Is bus transportation available?
Porter-Gaud begins working with prospective families as early as September and October for admission for the following fall. The deadline for our Annual Decision Round is typically in early February, and this is the point at which applicants have the best chance for admission as many of our grades become fully-enrolled for the coming year. In mid-March, we begin our Rolling Admission phase and will consider applicants on an individual basis, provided that available space remains.
The best way to discover the difference a Porter-Gaud education would make for your children is to attend one of our fall Open House events. These parents-only events include a group presentation providing an overview of our program, a question and answer session, and a campus tour that includes class visits and the chance to speak informally with our current students, faculty, and staff members about their experiences at Porter-Gaud. You will see the school in action and develop a firsthand understanding of what makes Porter-Gaud one of the leading independent schools in the Southeast.
Our Extended Day Program is available to Lower School students on a regular or drop-in basis until 5:45 p.m. on most school days. Students enjoy a snack, supervised homework time, fun on the playground, and special activities such as board/card games, arts and crafts, organized sports games, and much more. In addition, our Cyclone Club provides Middle School students with a safe and productive environment in which to complete assignments and play age-appropriate games.
Enrichment opportunities for Lower and Middle School students include approximately 40 different options throughout the year, including Adventures in Engineering for Girls, App Design, Ballet, Boat Construction, Coding, Cooking, Dance, Graphic Design, Flag Football, Karate, Tennis, Soccer, and STEAM Adventures—just to name a few. To review all our enrichment program options, click here.
Porter-Gaud partners with SchoolWheels Direct to offer bus transportation to our East Cooper families living in Mount Pleasant, Daniel Island, Sullivan’s Island, and Isle of Palms. SchoolWheels Direct provides fee-based service that allows busy parents to send their children to and from school in the safety and convenience of state-of-the-art buses.
Our East Cooper Bus has three pick-up locations: the Dunes West Clubhouse, Governor’s Park on Daniel Island, and Moultrie Shopping Center on Coleman Boulevard.
Our O’Quinn Bus stops at the O’Quinn School of Porter-Gaud in Mount Pleasant on Shelmore Boulevard.