We Exist to Inspire

Providence Day School exists to inspire in its students a passion for learning, a commitment to personal integrity, and a sense of social responsibility.

An independent, college preparatory school, grades Transitional Kindergarten through 12

Fast Facts



  • Providence Day enrolls approximately 1,600 students in TK-12th grades, 24 percent of whom represent students of color.

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  • TK: 14 students per class
  • Kindergarten: 16 students per class
  • 1st-5th Grades: 20-22 students per class   
  • The average class size in Middle and Upper School is 18 students, allowing for individual attention as needed.

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  • 355 students took 854 AP exams in 26 subject areas in May 2016. DONE     91 percent of the scores were a “3” or higher, and 69 percent were “4s” or “5s”.  
  • The Class of 2016 had 5 National Merit Finalists and 9 Commended Scholars.  Over the past 5 years PDS has had 44 National Merit Finalists and 46 Commended Scholars
  • The 2016 Advanced Placement exams produced 55 AP Scholars, 51 AP Scholars with Honor, 92 AP Scholars with Distinction and 15 National AP Scholars.
  • 14 Upper School Advanced Placement teachers have been appointed by the College Board as Readers, Table Leaders or Curriculum Test Writers for the Advanced Placement program.
  • The SAT means for the class of 2016 are: Critical Reading 627, Mathematics 641, and Writing 622.   
  • The ACT mean for 144 students in the class of 2016 are: English 28.5, Mathematics 28.0, Reading 28.8, Science 27.9, and Composite 28.1.  
  • Attendance patterns for the Class of 2016: The 144 members of the class of 2016 will attend 68 different colleges in 24 states, the District of Columbia, and 3 foreign countries: China, England, and Spain. 43 students will attend in-state public universities, 12 students will attend in-state private schools, 41 students will attend out-of-state public schools, and 48 students will attend out of state private schools.  

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  • The PD Faculty is comprised of 177 full-time men and women to include 29 assistant teachers. 60% of lead teachers hold advanced degrees in their field of teaching.

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  • At PDS providing our students, faculty, and school leaders with digital tools like iPads and laptops is about more than access to the internet or mobile computing. Our goal is to empower students to be self-reliant, resilient, and active learners who are not limited by the four walls of their classroom, but instead seek to learn by interacting with the world. Students have access to use 3D printers, a laser cutter, 4 computer labs, document cameras, SMART boards, as well as their own Charger Apps account for email, collaborative file sharing, calendars, and more.

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  • A complementary and necessary component to PDS’s use of technology is a robust, integrated digital citizenship curriculum. Our conversations about avoiding digital distraction, being safe online, and the appropriate use of digital tools is interwoven throughout all facets of student life.

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  • The mission of the Global Education program at PD is to cultivate within our students the ability to appreciate and value the differences among people locally and globally, and to develop the knowledge, skills, and character to become active global citizens.
  • As a part of this program, the Global Studies Diploma (GSD) is endorsed by the National Association of Independent Schools, Worldview at UNC-Chapel Hill, and the Global Educators Benchmark Group. To receive the GSD in addition to the PD high school diploma, a student must take additional required and elective courses covering all disciplines, attend extracurricular activities on and off campus, and participate in global cross-cultural experiences including travel abroad and/or student hosting.  The program culminates with a capstone global leadership course and final research project. In 2016, 18 seniors received the GSD; currently, 78 Upper School students are enrolled in the program.
  • In addition to the GSD for students, the Global Education office offers a Global Educator’s Certificate for faculty and staff. Participants are required to travel abroad, take language courses, and give presentations to classes as well as incorporate their experiences into current curriculum.  48 faculty and staff have received this certificate in the past 10 years; currently, 27 are enrolled in the 5 year program.
  • Providence Day School is  a global member of Round Square International (RSI), an organization with over 150 schools on 5 continents.  PD students have the opportunity through this association to participate in international service learning projects, study abroad at another RSI school, and attend global and regional leadership conferences.

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  • PDS won the Wells Fargo Cup, a prestigious award, presented for all around athletic achievement in the 3A classification for the fifth consecutive year.
  • In 2015-2016, PD fielded 27 varsity teams and fielded a total of 65 teams.  8 conference championships, and 5 state championships were earned.
  • Collectively, varsity teams achieved an average cumulative GPA of 3.77. 
  • 109 student-athletes received All-Conference Honors and 45 student-athletes were named to All-State Teams, 19 students won individual state championships, and 2 students were named “North Carolina’s Gatorade Players of the Year”.
  • 10 members of the class of 2016 are participating in intercollegiate sports.

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  • The goal of our social responsibility program is to encourage students to engage in activities that teach leadership, principles of service to the community, and personal responsibility.  We help students develop character dispositions such as empathy, patience, integrity, humility, openmindedness, confidence, and courage so they can understand and act on local and global issues.
  • This emphasis on social responsibility allows teachers to incorporate service learning, classroom instruction, and meaningful community service into the curriculum.  Service learning activities help students use critical thinking to suggest potential solutions to some of the challenges in our society. Students are also able to reflect on their personal ability to influence change.

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  • All Lower School students enjoy Art class within their weekly schedule.  In Middle and Upper School, there are multiple levels of Art offered including Studio Art, Photography,  Yearbook, AP Studio, and AP Art History.  Students’ artwork is prominently displayed throughout the year.
  • All Lower School students enjoy music classes within their weekly schedule.  Fifth graders select either Band, Chorus, or Strings and are introduced to a theater/drama class.  There are multiple Band, Chorus, and Strings courses available to Middle and Upper School students in addition to Global Theater, Stagecraft, Technical Theater, Jazz Ensemble, and AP Music Theory.  Extra-curricular opportunities include A Cappella groups in both middle school and upper school as well as plays and musicals.  Auditions are available throughout the year for district and state level participation.

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5800 Sardis Road Charlotte NC 28270


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