Middle & Upper School Admission (Grades 5-11)

Application Process

Please note that at this point in the admission season we are placing all new inquiries into the "rolling admission" phase, due to the fact that we no longer have availability in our remaining shadow days or admission testing prior to the February 8 deadline. After our upcoming annual decision round is complete, we will be able to consider candidates for admission beginning in mid-March, provided the prospective grade didn't fill during the initial decision round. In the meantime, please begin working through the steps in the application process below so that your child's application will be able to be considered at that point.

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. Click on the button below to complete the form:

Online Inquiry Form

STEP 2A: Attend an Open House (for parents) Open Houses for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year are complete. Please call Kathleen Beck at (843) 402-4726 to schedule an individual parent meeting and tour this Spring.

These parent-only events include a small-group presentation providing an overview of the Middle and Upper School, 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. If you are not local to Charleston, you are welcome to schedule and individual parent meeting and tour with Ken Hyde, Director of Admission. Please contact Admission Assistant Kathleen Beck at (843) 402-4726 or email her at kbeck@portergaud.edu.

To register for a Discover Porter-Gaud Open House, click on the button below:

STEP 2B: Schedule a Student Shadow Day (for prospective students)

Registration for Group Shadow Days for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year has closed. Please call Kathleen Beck at (843) 402-4726 to schedule an individual shadow day this Spring.

Applicants for grades 5-11 are required 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.

STEP 3: Complete the Application for Admission

After clicking on the 'Apply Online' button below, you'll be prompted to create a login. After the admission application has been submitted, you'll have access to the Admission Parent Portal using the login you created when completing the application. Please log in and view your child's checklist to complete the remaining items required for admission consideration.

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 after the completion of the first semester. It authorizes your child's school to send the standardized test scores, transcripts, and other required information. Please note that submitting this form prior to the end of the second quarter may delay your child's application as we will receive only partial records. To download and print the form, click on the button below:

Release of Records

STEP 5: Register for Admission Testing

Registration for Admission Testing for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year has closed. Please call Kathleen Beck at (843) 402-4726 to schedule an individual testing date this Spring.

Porter-Gaud requires admission testing of all applicants. The Middle and Upper School offers three admission testing dates for the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam.

Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 9:00–12:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 19, 2019 from 9:00–12:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 9:00-12:00 p.m.

Registration for a test date is required and typically shuts down a few weeks prior to the testing date. Please register as soon as possible. Admission testing may also be conducted in or near the family's hometown. To register for the ISEE, use the button below (If asked, PG's School Number is 410412):

STEP 6: Admission Decision

Please refer to your child's admission checklist in the Parent Portal to confirm that your child's application is complete. If all items in the checklist have been marked with a check, your child's application file is complete!

  • Application Deadline (Annual Decision Round): Friday, February 8, 2019
  • Admission Decisions Communicated to Families: Friday, March 8, 2019
  • Enrollment Deadline for Accepted Applicants: Friday, March 15, 2019

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.