Priority Enrollment for O'Quinn Students (1st Grade)

The Admission Office invites families from the O'Quinn Schools of Porter-Gaud to join us on the school's main campus to learn more about our first grade program. We look forward to getting to know you, answering your questions, and welcoming your family to campus!

Because O'Quinn families are already part of the Porter-Gaud community, kindergarten students from O'Quinn do not have to formally apply for admission. Simply complete the three steps outlined below.

STEP 1: Submit an Online Inquiry

Begin the process of learning more about the Porter-Gaud difference by completing our brief inquiry form. This step is required of all families (including those with older children already at Porter-Gaud and those currently enrolled at the O'Quinn Schools of Porter-Gaud). It must be completed prior to attending an Open House or parent meeting. Click the button below to complete the form:

STEP 2: Attend an Open House (Parents Only)

Note: This step is waived for the parents of current Porter-Gaud students.

The best way to discover the difference a Porter-Gaud education would make for your child is to attend an Open House. These parents-only events include a small-group presentation providing an overview of the Lower School, a question and answer session, remarks from a current parent, 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.

Open Houses are led by Director of Lower School Admission Lucy Lytle. Throughout the enrollment process, Lucy will serve as your child’s advocate. She 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. To register to attend an Open House, click on the button below:


Step 3: Register Your Child for the First Grade Preview

Kindergarten students and their parents are encouraged to attend our First Grade Preview for Prospective Families on Thursday, January 17, 2019 from 3:30–4:30 p.m. Your child will preview life at Porter-Gaud in our sunlit, self-contained first grade building while parents hear about the first grade program from teachers and administrators. Afterward, everyone will enjoy refreshments on the playground. If your child is currently in kindergarten and is considering enrolling at Porter-Gaud for the rising first grade in the fall of 2019, please click on the button below to register:


Enrollment Process

From February 1-15, 2019 Porter-Gaud will offer Priority Enrollment in our rising first grade class to kindergarten students at O'Quinn. At the beginning of February, Porter-Gaud will e-mail online enrollment contracts to the families of current kindergarten students for whom Porter-Gaud is a good academic fit. Those wishing to enroll their children in Porter-Gaud's rising first grade class should sign the contract and submit the non-refundable 10% tuition deposit to reserve a space during this early enrollment window in February.

Thank you for your interest in Porter-Gaud. We hope to see you soon!