Providence Day School

5800 Sardis Road, Charlotte, NC 28270
(704) 887-6000

(out of 10)

Private Grades K-12 1 students 12 students/teacher (NC avg is 15)

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About this school

Providence Day School is a private high school in Charlotte. The principal of Providence Day School is Glyn Cowlishaw, who can be contacted at 1 students go to Providence Day School and identify primarily as Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. The ratio of students to teachers at Providence Day School is 12:1. Philips Academy is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Arabic
  • Cantonese
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog


  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 9% %
White, non-Hispanic 83% %
Multiracial 3% %
Asian 3% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% %
Hispanic 2% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I have two children a freshman and a junior that have attended PDS since kindergarten. In my view there is not a better school for my my childrens' care and academics. It is rigorous but with many academic levels to choose from. PDS IS quick to identify my childrens' social and acedemic challenges but then also to work with me to help my children. I refer to them as "my villagers". I am not "wealthy" but spend much of my discretionary income (admittedly with no financial aid) to provide the best possible education for my children. I am a working single mother who cannot afford to "endow" the school with much more than tuition and have little time to volunteer at PDS. I am judged for neither by PDS. When disagreements occur with teachers or administrators we've worked through them constructively for good mutual outcomes. There is genuine care and consideration for the child and the family at this school. PDS faculty and staff have been TOP NOTCH and I have never regretted the decision to get the very best education and care for my children now 11 years into it at PDS. My kids are even bigger fans than I!

  • (1 year ago)

    PDS does indeed have low tolerance for learning disabilities in children. Ask some parents who actually have children in the lower school at PDS. Most children with learning disabilities are tagged and asked to leave the school. Be careful of the glowing reviews. More than likely their from the administrators of the school.

  • (1 year ago)

    In response to the parent that says PDS has no tolerance for learning disabilities this is flat out false. I went to Providence Day and I have a learning disability that makes it so I process information slower than other students. The teachers and administrators at the school made sure I got the attention I needed to succeed. In response to another post PD is diverse. PD tries to include all viewpoints and people. On the LGTBQ issue listed below I had multiple friends and teachers that identified with this community. Also PD is ACCEPTING of new students. On my first day of school people came to sit WITH me at a table because I was alone on my first day and I was elected class president less than a month after joining the school. Also PDS has a brilliant Global Studies program that tries to give students a more worldly view.

  • (1 year ago)

    Providence Day School provides outstanding academic athletic and cultural experiences TK-12. The leadership teachers staff and coaches all truly care about the overall development of the children. The school is all on one campus with approximately 125 students per grade. Our experience with the school has been nothing short of exceptional. Ethics and code of conduct are first rate the teachers are outstanding and passionate about learning. PDS has a very multicultural environment and students excel because they use their gifts and talents to pursue their interests. Students have a voice - and recently a new upper school course was offered in building mobile apps due in part to student's desire to learn this technology. You can search for all the academic cultural and athletic awards over the school's 40+ year existence of which there are plenty. In our opinion PDS is a great place for your child to grow up and receive the best education in town.

  • (1 year ago)

    PDS has almost zero tolerance for any kind of learning disorders or slow development in children. Even after your child has been accepted to the school once there has been any learning issues discovered with your child he/she will targeted by the lower school to get rid of and transferred to a different school. It is truly unbelievable. The majority of the lower school students are required to go to Speech therapy OT therapy or handwriting therapy because PDS thinks there are all of these issues with these children. Ask around before you drink the Koolaid of PDS. Not worth the money or the stress. Be forewarned.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have gone to PDS for 9 years and I am very sad to say that it has not been a good experience. It is incredibly conservative in it's policies and some of the teachers teach in a way that is more in line with conservative politics than actual facts. There is a mindblowing lack of diversity. PDS refuses to show support for LGBTQ+ students in fear of angry parents. The school is nauseatingly biased toward families that donate to the school. The math and science programs are very good but it is almost not worth it due to the lack of diversity in race sexuality and class. It makes it hard to gain an accurate worldview when going to a school that is almost completely comprised of white wealthy conservative students.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have been a PDS student for 7 years. There is pretty much no diversity. Not to mention there is a lot of bullying and such that goes on but unless you are directly involved with it you would have no idea and the school covers it up so nobody actually knows what's going on. The theater program used to be good but it's been totally changed and now it's horrible. Some of the teachers are nice and good at teaching some are just nice and some of them aren't nice or good at teaching. There is a lack of parent-teacher communication and teacher-student communication. The actual education is okay but not really worth the money. The students who have wealthy parents who donate to the school can get away with anything. Please please don't send your child to this school.

  • (2 years ago)

    PDS clearly stated in their website that "Financial aid decisions and admission decisions are made by two different committees. Applying for financial aids does not in any way affect a candidate's selection For admission to PDS". Apparently this is NOT true!!! The associate admissions director is also the financial aid director. Our daughters are applying for 9th and 11th grade and both are truly academically outstanding with high GPA (A+ average) 99th percentile national test PSAT as a Sophomore is qualified as a commended scholar mature and well rounded students with leaderships and variety of talents and activities outgoing and did well on the interviews with the Upper School Director. We were told that they are outstanding students and it's a lost for PDS for not able to offer admissions to our daughters because their Upper School is full. It is hard to believe that PDS can't make room for two outstanding students. Clearly they won't make room because we applied for financial aid. The title of the person who made the decision is the Assistant Admission/ Financial Aid Director. They got accepted to two other prestigious schools. One thing PDS is right is it is their LOST!!!

  • (3 years ago)

    Our son had a hard time with private school testing coming from UCPS (which are good). He was a year behind academically but interviewed well. Enrollment came with the suggestion for a math tutor. A child can be lonely & unsure when starting in a new school. PDS assigns student mentors class orientation events and parent outreach for us to help with the transition. Private schools can exceed the cost of a State University; the investment is worth it. Financial aid is available. PDS prides itself in diversity sevice & variety of activities. Students are encouraged to think for themselves iniatiate clubs & projects. Staff is involved in a plethora intra & extra-curricular activities. Parents aren't forced to do anything however if you are not engaged with your children no matter where you go it can hinder their development. We're amazed at the leaps our son displays every year. In academics Went from average- honor roll- headmasters list but most impressive is becoming a community & global thinker. MS Sports has a no cut policy so all kids can participate. Now he excels in HS athletics from school programs & his own initiatives. WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR PDS AND HIGHLY ENDORSE!

  • (3 years ago)

    PDS has been exceptional with working with us and my son who had a difficult time learning to read. Other private schools in the area ask you to get private tutoring which can really add up especially when you are already paying private school tuition. PDS implemented a program to help those children that didn't learn to read at the same rate and they understand that every child is different and will learn at their own pace. I would highly recommend PDS!!!! Both of my children have absolutely loved it.

  • (3 years ago)

    To the comment made on February 25th - 2012 I too agree with the parent that wrote down that PDS does view students in a very narrow minded view. And NO they do not accept any children that are not perfect. We had applied back in the fall of 2010 and was not accept the reason our child do not pronounce her words perfectly thus the admission personnel labeled her problematic and declined her. I have heard endless stories about PDS and their need for perfect from other parents that PDS requires already taught children. The Giselle Test is very outdated; this what PDS weighs in evaluating entrance. Avoid PDS it would be good advice to take.

  • (3 years ago)

    I totally disagree with the parent who is advising other to avoid PDS. Our child has been there 6 years and I would highly recommend the school. One reason we chose it is because of the more down to earth feel and diversity compared with other area private schools. It sounds like this parent's child was not admitted and his/her views are based on that decision. Yes they do evaluate children on whether they will fit in and I suspect they have a good idea of which potential parents will cause issues as well. They are not looking for cookie cutter children and do have students with learning/social issues who are doing quite well.

  • (3 years ago)

    I have seen a variety of better to do schools in other parts of the U.S. and internationally which is sad to say that I would never in my right mind recommend Providence Day School. They are prejudice expecting all potential students to be perfect already taught and an admissions staff that is living in an era not in sync with today. If you are new to the area I would highly recommend any other school unless you fall into their "cookie-cutter" mentality and your child is perfect; it would also help that you are able to donate large sums to their treasure chest. It s a real shame but the core of the problem lies with the admissions office furthering their ignorant philosophies on potential candidates. From my direct experience "PLEASE AVOID THIS SCHOOL" I say this to avoid your child being viewed under a microscope for all flaws and you having to seek approval to see if you are good enough-in their "opinion". Being "bullied" and a "prejudice" mentality from this school is not something any sensible person would advocate.

  • (3 years ago)

    I have been attending PDS for about 5-6 months. I have a lot of friends great classes teachers and have found myself being accepted. 1 month into the year I was elected Student Council. This school is amazing and unlike other schools does not judge based on social status. I am thankful to my fellow students who have accepted me. GO CHARGERS!

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is great. I have gone here for only 2 years yet I already feel right at home. Everyone is so nice and accepting. I don't understand how anyone couldn't like this school.

  • (4 years ago)

    Providence Day provides an exceptional education. We have three children at PDS and each of our children love this school! The teachers make learning fun and are always available for help if needed. The teachers have high expectations and provide a fast pace for the classrooms. Discipline issues are rare but handled quickly. PDS is a great school for students that are motivated and want to learn.

  • (4 years ago)

    I am a student of 8 years and would not recommend this school. There are teachers who have been at the school since it's humble beginnings who have warped the goal and mission of the school. Money social status and your last name control who are in your classes whether you make a team and whether or not you can get elected as a class official. Every year the teachers seem to already have a first impression of you from your former teachers or from the PTA (Parent-Teacher Association). Students who have gotten in trouble in the past are scrutinized and badgered to the point that they cannot stand being in the school anymore and begin to not care about school or to hate it.

  • (4 years ago)

    PDS is not a nurturing environment. If your intelligent child does not have all the "ideal student characteristics" you can do one of two things. Contribute large sums of money or leave. Do not believe you can discuss issues with the Administrators it will label you as a non-cooperative parent. Once labeled that your child will be scrutinized by teachers to find any and all behaviors that can be used to eject your child from their program. Ask how many students have been asked to leave the school for issues other than safety drugs or alcohol related infractions. Know that grading varies from teacher to teacher in the Middle school and watch closely your child's behavior as relates to confidence and worry or stress related behaviors. Do not believe that the rule book is applied fairly according to the list. Do not faithfully trust that things are as they seem to be. Watch closely.

  • (5 years ago)

    The school has a great causes as in donating to Haiti in a fun way and helping out JH Gunn a less fortunate school. I love the school and have gone to PDS since TK or when i was 5 years old ready to be a lifer! The teachers are loving respectful and very caring. The students get along very well and are a whole new little family. I know that this school is amazing because the years always go by so fast and i always want it to slow down a bit more everyday so it will never end! PDS is definately a wonderful school!

  • (5 years ago)

    Amazing school. Teachers that really care about the students. I have three children attending and everyone is performing and over achieving. Best investment I have made in my children.

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