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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 

phone: (843)402-4726
fax: (843)410-0453


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?

Currently, our Lower School has 266 students, our Middle School has 319 students, and our Upper School has 415 students.  Total enrollment is typically between 975-1,000 students.

In which grades does Porter-Gaud admit new students?

Porter-Gaud admits new students into each grade.  Our primary entry points, however, are 1st grade, 6th grade, and 9th grade.  Generally, admission becomes more competitive over time as the number of applicants per available space increases with each grade.

When should my family start the application process?

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.

What is the best way to learn about Porter-Gaud?

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. 

What are the hours of the school day?

Lower School (Grades 1-4): 7:50 a.m. – 2:55 p.m.

Middle School (Grades 5-8): 8:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Upper School (Grades 9-12): 8:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. (There is a late start at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesdays.)

Does Porter-Gaud provide lunch?

Ask any of our students, and they will rave about the lunches at Porter-Gaud!  Lunch is included in tuition, and dining options include a hot bar, a salad bar, the choice of two homemade soups daily, a deli bar, fresh fruit, and a panini station.

Does Porter-Gaud have after-school care and enrichment opportunities?

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

Which grades offer competitive interscholastic sports?

Per SCISA regulations, competitive sports are available to students in Grades 5-12.

Is bus transportation available?

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.