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Thank you for your interest in Palisades Episcopal School. Our K-8 community inspires a love of learning, embraces academic inquiry, and provides a sense of belonging for all of our students. Through our dynamic and rich Core Knowledge curriculum, our students are taught to think analytically and critically, to work independently and as a part of a team, to confidently present and defend their ideas, to give back to their community, to respect others above themselves, and to be lifelong learners.

We hope your exploration of our website will inspire you to learn more about PES. Personal tours are scheduled at families' convenience, and we invite you to visit our campus and experience firsthand the incredible learning that is happening at PES.

Palisades Episcopal School admits students of all races, colors, national and ethnic origins to all the rights, priveleges, programs and activities generally accorded, or made available to students at the School. It does not descriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs and athletic and other school administered programs.

Why A JK-8th Grade Education?

Like many independent schools, Palisades Episcopal School covers a grade span from Junior Kindergarten through grade eight because we believe this grade pattern best serves the educational, social and emotional needs of children.

Our philosophy is supported by a number of underlying precepts including the conviction that the continuity of the academic program is important. Elementary programs need to build year by year in a consistent format on the skills acquired in the preceding grade. Seventh and eighth grades represent a culmination of that development and those skills. During the elementary and middle school years, when the foundation for life-long learning is laid, we can devote all of our resources to serving our students during these formative years, better preparing them for high school and beyond.

What are the hallmarks of a JK – 8 education?

  • In a JK-8 grade school, middle grades students are senior members of the student body. They have many early leadership responsibilities, resulting in greater confidence and self-esteem, and a sense of belonging. At PES, students publish their own school newspaper, serve on committees that give input on school matters, mentor and tutor younger students, captain athletic teams, lead school performances, represent PES in the Junior Classical League, and more.
  • A JK-8 grade community allows students to experience age appropriate activities and events, without being exposed to the very different social and academic pressures of middle school students. At PES, our middle grades students take on the role of upperclassmen. They are the role models for the entire student body. At the same time, they can be themselves as they begin their transition from childhood to adulthood.
  • There is a vibrant sense of community in a JK-8 grade school where every child is known by every teacher, administrator and other students. This creates a nurturing environment where students are honored for who they are and safe to grow into the young adult they are meant to be. Parental involvement, which often drops off during middle school years, stays strong right through graduation in a JK-8 grade school.
  • PES students benefit greatly from the opportunity they and their parents have to choose the right high school at the right time. By eighth grade, your child’s academic strengths, interests, learning styles, and gifts are clearly understood, making it easier to determine the best “match” for high school. At PES, all of our graduates have been admitted to their first choice high school and are thriving academically and socially. They are campus leaders, scholars, athletes and artists.
Admissions Process

Application and Fee

Complete the application and mail it with the $90 application fee. We normally expect Junior Kindergarten applicants to be at least four years old upon entry, Kindergarten applicants to be at least five years old upon entry, and 1st grade applicants to be at Schoolleast six years old upon entry.

Parent Tour and Visit

The School requires one or both parents to meet with the Director of Advancement and tour our school. Such visits are an important part of our admissions process. Please call the Advancement Office to schedule a visit.

Parent Interview

We ask one or both parents to schedule a meeting with the Head of School for a parent interview. Call the Advancement Office to schedule an interview.

Student Admissions Visit

Call the Admissions Office to schedule an appointment for an individual student visit. Applicants for first grade and above will spend a morning at Palisades Episcopal School to meet with the Director of Advancement for an informal interview and screening, and visit the classroom.

Transcripts

Complete the transcript request form and mail or take it to your child’s current school (Grades K and above). All official transcripts should be mailed directly to us from your child’s current school.

Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten Group Visit

Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten applicants are required to attend group play visits. These visits are designed to be an enjoyable play time for the children and an opportunity for the teacher and admissions staff to meet and observe visiting children in a relaxed setting. These visits begin in January. Please call the Advancement Office to schedule this visit.

Teacher Recommendation Forms

Please distribute the teacher recommendation form to your child’s current teacher. These confidential forms should be faxed or mailed directly to us from your child’s current teacher.

Testing

A formal educational assessment is required of all applicants. Applicants are tested by an independent educational testing service here at Palisades Episcopal School. There is an additional fee for this assessment.

Indexed Tuition and Fees

2017-2018 Indexed Tuition
PES is committed to making a PES education accessible to all admissions qualified students. With this goal in mind, PES offers the following range of tuitions to help bright students and their families join our school.

$1,110 - $5,510      Half-day Junior Kindergarten

$1,635 - $8,135     Extended-day Junior Kindergarten    

$2,460 - $12,295   Kindergarten – Third Grades                  

$2,495 - $12,465     Fourth Grade*                                               

$2,515 - $12,573    Fifth – Eighth Grades*                                

*Includes a $160 technology fee

A 2% discount is given if the full annual tuition is paid by July 1 or upon enrollment if a student is enrolled after July 1.


Required Fees
Supply Fee:        $75

Activity Fee:        $150

Tuition Insurance*:    3.2% of tuition

*Required if tuition is not paid in full on or before July 1 or upon enrollment if a student is enrolled after July 1.


Tuition Deposit
A $750 tuition deposit is due at the time of enrollment/re-enrollment. This deposit will be applied toward the student’s tuition.


New Student Registration Fee
A one-time $500 registration fee for new students.

Affording PES

We are thrilled you are considering a Palisades Episcopal School education for your family. For most families, investing in an independent school education requires careful financial consideration and planning. At PES, we seek to admit talented and motivated students who will benefit from our educational program, regardless of economic need. Indexed Tuition and scholarship programs are a major commitment of our school.  Families who feel the full tuition cost is out of their reach should not hesitate to visit or apply to PES. We are here to help you determine the best options for your family with this very important educational investment.

INDEXED TUITION

Every family is expected to contribute to the cost of tuition and fees. In order to assess what a family can afford for educational costs, PES uses SSS (School & Student Services) as an objective and independent third party. SSS calculations are the baseline for our Indexed Tuition determinations, but we also take into consideration our School’s policies and the resources available for returning families as well as prospective families.

In order to find the right tuition investment for a family, many factors are considered: income (both taxable and nontaxable), assets, number of dependents, and number of children attending schools that charge tuition. A number of variables are considered when making decisions: medical expenses, earning potential for spouse not employed outside of the home, consumer debt, automobiles, recreational vehicles, second homes, vacation expenses and student enrichment activities.

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Merit Scholarship award program
Palisades Episcopal School's Merit Scholarship Award Program is for new students entering grades 5th-8th. Merit Scholarships may total up to $5,000 per year and are awarded to dedicated students with demonstrated high academic achievement as well as strong character and citizenship in their current school. These scholarships are granted without regard to financial need, and once awarded, will apply to the tuition for each academic year the student attends Palisades Episcopal School.
PalisadES Promise
Palisades Promise is a program designed to honor our families' commitment to PES and to show that we understand many of our families make sacrifices to ensure their children are able to continue receiving a PES education. Through the Palisades Promise program, families earn a $100 credit for every year their child(ren) is enrolled at PES. When their student enters 8th grade, his or her tuition is discounted by the total amount of credits earned.
Upcoming Events
Parent education series
At PES, we foster a community of life-long learners and proudly partner with our parents to provide educational opportunities and resources to support their parenting needs. All Parent Education seminars are free and open to the public.
Our 2016-2017 Parent Education series is complete. Thank you to Steele Creek Pediatric Dentistry for sponsoring these events.

 

Storytime Adventures
A reading and art workshop for parents and children ages 3-5 years old.  All Storytime Adventures events begin at 10:00 a.m.  For more information or to reserve your spot, please contact Catherine Stovcsik at cstovcsik@pescharlotte.org or 704.583.1825.

2016-2017 Storytime Adventures Dates

April 21, 2017

Admissions Events

Snapshot Sessions

Our tours are designed to provide guests the best possible opportunity to experience our unique educational setting. This snapshot will serve as an introduction to our program that is focused on challenging the mind, body and spirit of each student. Individual tours can scheduled at your convenience. Please click here to schedule your Snapshot Session today!

Bring A Friend Days

Students are invited to spend the day at PES with their friends and learn more about our school.  You do not need to know a current student to attend our Bring A Friend Days. For more information, please contact Monique Gilbert at mgilbert@pescharlotte.org or 704.583.1825.

Dates for the 2017-2018 school year will be set over the summer.
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