How to Apply


The goal of the PCDS Admissions Office is to provide a warm, friendly, and informative introduction to our School. This checklist will help guide your family through the steps and deadlines in order to apply to PCDS.

All Applicants Must Have:

❏ Completed PCDS Application

❏ Application Fee

  • The application fee is paid online with the application.
  • Fee waivers are available for families needing financial assistance and for children of PCDS alumni.  
    • Please contact the PCDS Admissions Office to receive a fee waiver code.

❏ Transcripts / Report Cards from Current School

  • Transcripts and report cards from the current school after the first grading period are required for all PCDS applicants for Grades 1-12.
    Download a Transcript Release Form.

❏ Teacher Recommendations

  • Teacher recommendations are required for all PCDS applicants.

❏ Campus Visit

  • At least one parent/guardian of each applicant is expected to complete an individual visit with the Admissions Office.
    • To schedule your campus visit, please contact:
      • Applicants to grades Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 4:  
        • Kaitlan Cady, Admissions Officer 
        • 602.955.8200, x. 2255
      • Applicants to grades 5-12:
        • Blake Howard, Assistant Director of Admissions
        • 602.955.8200, x. 2256
  • Applicants for grades K - 12 are expected to shadow a PCDS student for a portion of the school day.
  • Pre-kindergarten applicants are required to participate in a Saturday Play Date from 9:00-10:30 a.m. on January 27 or February 10.

❏ Completed Admissions Assessment

  • Admissions assessments for applicants into grades 1-12 take place on  December 7 (9 - 12 only), January 27 (1 - 12), and February 3 (1 -12).
  • Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten applicants require an Individual Readiness Assessment, administered on a weekday morning, lasting approximately 45 minutes.

*Please note that all applicants to Pre-Kindergarten must be 4 years old by September 1 and all applicants to Kindergarten must be 5 years old by September 1.