What's Special About Providence Day
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- Over the past 10 years, Providence Day has had 89 National Merit Finalists and 121 National Merit Commended Students
- Class of 2022 graduates were offered more than $15 million in merit scholarships; they were accepted at a PD-record 209 colleges in 36 states, the District of Columbia, England, France, Italy, and Scotland.
- Class of 2023 - SAT mean 1330 reading score and ACT mean composite 28. See more in our Academic Profile.
- Colleges acceptances - 100% of our graduates attend four-year colleges and universities
- 236 faculty in 22-23; 115 hold Masters’ Degrees and above
- TK-12th grade students are encouraged to find and pursue their passions through the exploration of band, chorus, orchestra, and theatre.
- Every fourth year, PD Theatre produces an all-school musical for any 4th-12th grade student who would like to audition and is the only event of its kind on our campus or among area private schools.
- Visual Arts courses provide essential experiences for Providence Day students. Whether manipulating studio media, developing film in the darkroom, or using unconventional materials, our students explore multiple outlets for creative, meaningful expression.
- Theatre students have earned 23 Blumey Award nominations since 2015, representing the best in local secondary school theatre, including a 2022 win for Best Supporting Actor Max Odom '22.
Over the past five years: 102 band students have been accepted into an NCAIS Honors Band; 21 students have made a NC All-District Honor Band; 12 students have made an All-State Honors Band; three band students have made an All-Nation Honors Ensemble; and 18 band students have made or been accepted to other honor bands.
Over the past five years, 10 students were selected to the N.C. Honors Chorus; three choral students were chosen to perform in the Honors Performance Series held at Carnegie Hall; and both Middle and Upper School choruses have been selected for multiple public festival and conference performances.
Providence Day is a member of the Charlotte Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISAA) and the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association (NCISAA).
Honors and accolades from 2021-22 included:
Charlotte Independent School Athletic Association (CISAA) All- Conference athletes: 80
North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association (NCISAA) All-State athletes: 68
State Champions, Individuals: 23
All-Region athletes: 2
All-American Academic: 1
CISAA Player of the Year: 4
NCISAA TFCCCA (Track, Field, Cross Country Coaches Association) 4A "Athlete of the Year": 3
NCISAA TFCCCA 4A "Coach of the Year": 2
Coach of the Year: 5
College Signings: 29
NCISAA Champion teams: 5
NCISAA Runner-up teams: 2
CISAA Champion teams: 7
CISAA Runner-up teams: 3
The Wells Fargo Cup represents overall excellence in high school athletics among member institutions of the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association. Providence Day won the Cup in seven of the 10 years between 2010-11 and 2021-22. Student-athletes' average GPAs have been between 3.6 and 3.9 each year.
- Since 2007, more than 250 students have graduated with an additional diploma in Global Studies, the first in the nation, and have placed into America’s top colleges
- Exposure to world language begins in TK and students declare a language of focus in 2nd grade.
- Global travel opportunities exist through Round Square membership and conference participation, along with faculty-led spring break and summer travel options.
- Our global curriculum: “Providence Day is considered a national leader in the field of Global Education.” – Southern Association of Independent Schools 2019 Accreditation Committee
- Global Educator Certificates for teachers involving language study, travel to at least two different countries and cultures, and sharing learning from the experience with the Providence Day community.
- The school has launched IDEAS@PD, a new curricular focus combining Innovation, Design, Entrepreneurship, Analytics, and Sustainability, and housed in the new IDEAS Xchange space in the Dickson-Hemby Technology building.
- PD is home to innovative facilities that enable early and ongoing STEAM opportunities, design-thinking, and processes including science labs, a Makerspace, engineering labs, and a recording studio.
- PD’s innovative Center for the Art & Science of Teaching, Learning, and Entrepreneurship which helps our faculty use design thinking and other tools to explore crafting the best possible learning opportunities and solutions.
- PD's “One to World” Initiative school with a student-centered process extending beyond the classroom; learning is an active process and providing digital tools empowers students to be more active participants in their learning experiences.
- Each year since 2015-16, PD Science Olympiad teams have placed in the top 10 Regional teams and three have gone on to place at the State competition.
- PD eCybermission teams were state finalists in 2018; won STEM-in-action grants in 2020 and 21; and were the regional winners in 2021, ranking in the top 20 teams nationally. In 2022, the "River Revivers" team was a national finalist and won the national "People's Choice" award.
- Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging - PD fully embraces equity, inclusion, and belonging. The PD community has 72 different countries of origin represented and 32% students of color. The above video serves as a brief introduction; for more in-depth content please visit PD's Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging Annual Report.
- Curriculum focuses beyond academics and includes social-emotional growth.
- Social responsibility and a service focus across all grade levels including over 30 student-run service clubs and a strong Freedom School partnership.