I have gone to PDS for 9 years and I am very sad to say that it has not been a good experience. It is incredibly conservative in it's policies, and some of the teachers teach in a way that is more in line with conservative politics than actual facts. There is a mindblowing lack of diversity. PDS refuses to show support for LGBTQ+ students in fear of angry parents. The school is nauseatingly biased toward families that donate to the school. The math and science programs are very good, but it is almost not worth it due to the lack of diversity in race, sexuality, and class. It makes it hard to gain an accurate worldview when going to a school that is almost completely comprised of white, wealthy, conservative students.
I have been a PDS student for 7 years. There is pretty much no diversity. Not to mention there is a lot of bullying and such that goes on, but unless you are directly involved with it, you would have no idea, and the school covers it up so nobody actually knows what's going on. The theater program used to be good, but it's been totally changed and now it's horrible. Some of the teachers are nice and good at teaching, some are just nice, and some of them aren't nice or good at teaching. There is a lack of parent-teacher communication, and teacher-student communication. The actual education is okay, but not really worth the money. The students who have wealthy parents who donate to the school can get away with anything. Please please don't send your child to this school.
PDS clearly stated in their website that "Financial aid decisions and admission decisions are made by two different committees. Applying for financial aids does not in any way affect a candidate's selection For admission to PDS". Apparently this is NOT true!!! The associate admissions director is also the financial aid director. Our daughters are applying for 9th and 11th grade and both are truly academically outstanding with high GPA (A+ average), 99th percentile national test, PSAT as a Sophomore is qualified as a commended scholar, mature and well rounded students with leaderships and variety of talents and activities, outgoing and did well on the interviews with the Upper School Director. We were told that they are outstanding students and it's a lost for PDS for not able to offer admissions to our daughters because their Upper School is full. It is hard to believe that PDS can't make room for two outstanding students. Clearly, they won't make room because we applied for financial aid. The title of the person who made the decision is the Assistant Admission/ Financial Aid Director. They got accepted to two other prestigious schools. One thing PDS is right is it is their LOST!!!
Our son had a hard time with private school testing coming from UCPS (which are good). He was a year behind academically but interviewed well. Enrollment came with the suggestion for a math tutor. A child can be lonely & unsure when starting in a new school. PDS assigns student mentors, class orientation events, and parent outreach for us, to help with the transition. Private schools can exceed the cost of a State University; the investment is worth it. Financial aid is available. PDS prides itself in diversity, sevice, & variety of activities. Students are encouraged to think for themselves, iniatiate clubs & projects. Staff is involved in a plethora intra & extra-curricular activities. Parents aren't forced to do anything, however if you are not engaged with your children, no matter where you go, it can hinder their development. We're amazed at the leaps our son displays every year. In academics: Went from average- honor roll- headmasters list, but most impressive is becoming a community & global thinker. MS Sports has a no cut policy so all kids can participate. Now he excels in HS athletics from school programs & his own initiatives. WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR PDS AND HIGHLY ENDORSE!
PDS has been exceptional with working with us and my son, who had a difficult time learning to read. Other private schools in the area ask you to get private tutoring, which can really add up especially when you are already paying private school tuition. PDS implemented a program to help those children that didn't learn to read at the same rate and they understand that every child is different and will learn at their own pace. I would highly recommend PDS!!!! Both of my children have absolutely loved it.
To the comment made on February 25th - 2012, I too agree with the parent that wrote down that PDS does view students in a very narrow minded view. And NO they do not accept any children that are not perfect. We had applied back in the fall of 2010 and was not accept, the reason, our child do not pronounce her words perfectly, thus the admission personnel labeled her problematic, and declined her. I have heard endless stories about PDS and their need for perfect from other parents , that PDS requires already taught children. The Giselle Test is very outdated; this what PDS weighs in evaluating entrance. Avoid PDS, it would be good advice to take.
I totally disagree with the parent who is advising other to avoid PDS. Our child has been there 6 years and I would highly recommend the school. One reason we chose it is because of the more down to earth feel and diversity compared with other area private schools. It sounds like this parent's child was not admitted and his/her views are based on that decision. Yes, they do evaluate children on whether they will fit in and I suspect they have a good idea of which potential parents will cause issues as well. They are not looking for cookie cutter children and do have students with learning/social issues who are doing quite well.
I have seen a variety of better to do schools in other parts of the U.S. and internationally, which is sad to say that I would never in my right mind recommend Providence Day School. They are prejudice, expecting all potential students to be perfect, already taught, and an admissions staff that is living in an era not in sync with today. If you are new to the area, I would highly recommend any other school, unless you fall into their "cookie-cutter" mentality, and your child is perfect; it would also help that you are able to donate large sums to their treasure chest. It s a real shame, but the core of the problem lies with the admissions office, furthering their ignorant philosophies on potential candidates. From my direct experience, "PLEASE AVOID THIS SCHOOL", I say this to avoid your child being viewed under a microscope for all flaws, and you having to seek approval to see if you are good enough-in their "opinion". Being "bullied" and a "prejudice" mentality from this school is not something any sensible person would advocate.
I have been attending PDS for about 5-6 months. I have a lot of friends, great classes, teachers and have found myself being accepted. 1 month into the year I was elected Student Council. This school is amazing, and, unlike other schools, does not judge based on social status. I am thankful to my fellow students who have accepted me. GO CHARGERS!
This school is great. I have gone here for only 2 years, yet I already feel right at home. Everyone is so nice and accepting. I don't understand how anyone couldn't like this school.
Providence Day provides an exceptional education. We have three children at PDS and each of our children love this school! The teachers make learning fun and are always available for help if needed. The teachers have high expectations and provide a fast pace for the classrooms. Discipline issues are rare but handled quickly. PDS is a great school for students that are motivated and want to learn.
I am a student of 8 years, and would not recommend this school. There are teachers who have been at the school since it's humble beginnings, who have warped the goal and mission of the school. Money, social status, and your last name control who are in your classes, whether you make a team, and whether or not you can get elected as a class official. Every year, the teachers seem to already have a first impression of you, from your former teachers, or from the PTA (Parent-Teacher Association). Students who have gotten in trouble in the past are scrutinized, and badgered to the point that they cannot stand being in the school anymore, and begin to not care about school or to hate it.
PDS is not a nurturing environment. If your intelligent child does not have all the "ideal student characteristics" you can do one of two things. Contribute large sums of money or leave. Do not believe you can discuss issues with the Administrators it will label you as a non-cooperative parent. Once labeled that, your child will be scrutinized by teachers to find any and all behaviors that can be used to eject your child from their program. Ask how many students have been asked to leave the school for issues other than safety, drugs or alcohol related infractions. Know that grading varies from teacher to teacher in the Middle school and watch closely your child's behavior as relates to confidence and worry or stress related behaviors. Do not believe that the rule book is applied fairly according to the list. Do not faithfully trust that things are as they seem to be. Watch closely.
The school has a great causes as in donating to Haiti in a fun way, and helping out JH Gunn, a less fortunate school. I love the school and have gone to PDS since TK or when i was 5 years old, ready to be a lifer! The teachers are loving, respectful and very caring. The students get along very well, and are a whole new little family. I know that this school is amazing because the years always go by so fast, and i always want it to slow down a bit more everyday so it will never end! PDS is definately a wonderful school!
Amazing school. Teachers that really care about the students. I have three children attending and everyone is performing and over achieving. Best investment I have made in my children.
Providence Day connects to the 'whole' child - mind, body, and soul, with programs that combine the best in academics, the arts , community outreach and global awaeness. My 2 boys are in 10th and 12th grades this year and have been at PDS since TK and K, respectively. Our tuition dollars are one of the best investment we could have ever made!
They care about well-rounded education and help us reach our individual potentials. It feels like home.
best school i have ever been to and they have some of the best teachers in north carolina
Our family has been at PDS for 11 years and this is truely a wonderful school. The teachers from TK through high-school are superior and both my children (10 and 15) come home excited to llearn everyday. My 15 year old could go to college tomorrow and do fine - the teachers have given him the confidence to tackle new problems and be self suffcient.
Providence Day School is the best private school in North Carolina. Providence Day continues to excel by mainintaining its high standard. They accept only the best students and hire only the best educators. Their student body consists of the extremely bright and gifted. Students accepted for their middle and upper school programs have exceptionally high standardized test scores, excellent grades (94% (3.6 GPA), are 'well-rounded and very likable.' Entrance at the middle and high school levels is extremely competitive. 1 of every 40 interviewed applicants are accepted. Not only do they have the best students, they have the best teachers, best facilities, best food and best athletic programs. To add, a rather beautiful campus. Overall Providence Day receives an A+.
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