Applying to Project Excellence

Phoenix Country Day School’s Project Excellence imparts the necessary skills to be successful by providing resources and opportunities that most students do not have access to during their regular school day. This is done through weekend enrichment workshops, a robust 5-week summer program, and a variety of mentor opportunities.

Qualified candidates must:

  • Represent the first-generation in their family to attend college
  • Be in grades 4 -11 during application year
  • Demonstrate leadership potential either in school or through activities outside of school
  • Be of upstanding character with no major disciplinary issues on their record

And meet one of the following:

  • Participate in their school’s gifted or honors program
  • Has been accepted to and is still actively involved in one of PCDS’s Project Excellence partnering organizations
  • Has consistently performed at or above grade level in math and English, averaging a B+ or better (appropriate documentation is necessary)

A complete application requires:

  • Submission of completed application essay
  • Submission of a completed transcript or report card from current school
  • Submission of teacher recommendation with a piece of graded work from same teacher

Saturday Workshops

PCDS Project Excellence students are expected to attend six Saturday workshops during the school year. These programs are free, and hot lunch is provided.

All PCDS Project Excellence Programs are free to participants and are funded by the generous support of individuals, grants from local foundations, businesses and the Phoenix Country Day School community.

Phoenix Country Day School’s Project Excellence recognizes that students/participants come from different backgrounds and educational opportunities so each application is evaluated on an individual basis. Admission to the program is contingent on space availability, successful completion and strength of your application, overall fit in the program, and meeting the general requirements of the program.

Being the First

Project Excellence students are prepared to achieve through high school with the skills necessary to be the first in their families to attend college.