When my parents decided to send me to Phoenix Country Day School many years ago, they knew that PCDS would help me become the best possible version of myself, as a student, a leader, and a world citizen. Decades later, it’s the same reason that my husband and I send our son to PCDS – the school taps into each student’s strengths and fosters engaged, confident, happy learners.
Ranked the #1 School in Arizona by Niche.com, PCDS has served as the Valley’s paramount educational experience since our founding in 1961. Located on a spacious 40-acres in the heart of Phoenix, the beautiful grounds and impressive facilities are among the best in the nation. Amidst the Valley’s many public, charter, and religious schools, PCDS stands out as the only pre-K through grade 12 independent college preparatory school. That’s an honor, as well as a responsibility that we take seriously.
We pride ourselves on being student-centered, with abundant extracurricular activities, small class sizes, and expert faculty guiding our students’ educational and personal growth. As a result of their PCDS experiences, our over 2000 graduates are equipped to achieve their highest goals at the finest colleges and universities in the world and beyond.
In addition to our admission team, please use our website as a helpful resource as you navigate the admission process. You will find information on upcoming events, steps in the application process, affording PCDS, and so much more. The best way to understand our culture is to visit campus, so we invite you to reach out to us at any time.
We look forward to getting to know your family!
Roz Abero ‘89
Assistant Head of School
What Makes Independent Schools Special
Independence in the truest sense of the word. Independent schools are governed by a board of trustees, not a public school board. They are primarily supported by tuition payments, charitable contributions, and endowment revenue.
Mission-driven education. Whether co-ed or single sex, day school or boarding school, each independent school is driven by its own unique philosophy, values, and approach to teaching.
High academic standards. Independent schools nurture intellectual curiosity, stimulate personal growth, encourage critical thinking, and promote a lifelong love of learning.
Small classes that allow for individual attention. Low student-teacher ratios encourage close connections between instructors and students.
Excellent teachers. Our instructors usually teach in their areas of expertise and strive to develop a full understanding of each student’s learning style, interests, and motivation.
Education for the whole child. In addition to academics, independent schools also nurture students’ personal and social growth and civic conscience.
Inclusiveness. Independent schools maintain diverse and vibrant student communities that welcome and respect every family.
A community of parents who actively participate in their children’s education. Independent schools promote regular communication among students, parents, and teachers to ensure everyone is working toward the same goals.
Learn more about independent schools on the NAIS web site.
Phoenix Country Day School seeks and accepts students for admission without reference to race, color, religion, age, disability, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or gender. Admissions and financial aid decisions are made independently.
Applications Available Online
Shadow Visits Begin
Financial Aid Applications Available Online
Admissions Assessment Date (Grades 9-12, Only)
January 21 and February 4
Admissions Assessment Date (Grades 1-12)
Deadline for completed Admissions and Financial Aid applications
Please call the Admissions Office to inquire about late applications and spacing availability.
February 4 and February 11
Pre-Kindergarten Play Date
Admissions Decisions Released Online