Located in the Palisades community in southwest Mecklenburg County, our nine-acre campus includes a 10,0000 square foot permanent facility as well as temporary learning cottages. Our recreation facility, The Kathryn and Peter Browning Recreation Center, opened in April 2016, adds an additional 10,000 square feet to our campus. In addition to our physical buildings, the Palisades community provides activities for our students such as golf, tennis and swimming.

  • Student/Teacher Ratio: Average of 9:1
  • Class Size: 18 students for JK; 20 students for K-8
  • Ranked nationally in the 92nd percentile based on students’ scores on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS)
  • 52% of 3rd – 8th Grade students qualified for the Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP)
  • Accredited by both the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

By focusing on the art of learning and the value of character, PES instills enthusiasm, responsibility and strong moral character in our students, while equipping them to excel both academically and socially. Our curriculum includes:

  • Daily Devotions and Weekly Chapel Services
  • Service Integration
  • Humanities
  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • History/World Studies
  • Foreign Languages (Spanish/Latin)
  • Art
  • Music
  • Technology
  • Physical Education
  • Middle School Explorer Series
  • 1:1 technology for all students
  • Girls on the Run
  • Afterschool Program
  • School-wide Annual Musical
  • 100% of our students participate in the Visual & Performing Arts
  • 90% of our students participate in Middle School Athletics
  • Ethnic Diversity: 60% Caucasian; 18% African-American; 13% Multi-Ethnic; 4% Asian American;  5% Latino/Hispanic
  • Religious Diversity: 49% Non-Denominational Christian; 12% Catholic; 10% Non-reporting; 9% Episcopal; 7% Baptist; 4% Methodist; 4% Presbyterian; 3% Lutheran; 2% Other


Palisades Episcopal School Board of Trustees

Kerin S. Hughes, Head of School

John D. Williams, Chairman

Charles T. Davidson, Vice Chairman

Jim Fussell, Treasurer

Stephanie Jackson, D.D.S., Secretary

The Rev. Josh Bowron

Peter C. Browning

Joe Semmelmann


Located in The Palisades community in southwest Mecklenburg County, PES offers the perfect setting for students to explore the potential in themselves and in the world God has created around us.


Thank you for your interest in career opportunities at Palisades Episcopal School. We welcome the submission of applications to be considered for openings as they occur. Interested candidates should download and submit forms below with necessary supporting information to the attention of the Head of School’s Office,  Palisades Episcopal School, 13120 Grand Palisades Parkway, Charlotte, NC  28278 or via email at

Current Openings:

No positions are available at this time.

Employment Forms:

Employment Application

Background Check Authorization

Transcript Request


2020 School Calendar (revised September 2020)

Palisades Episcopal School resumed on campus in August 2020. The PES community continues to follow specific health precautions which are in accordance with our local, state and federal requirements. Our 2021 School Calendar will be posted in late fall.


Palisades Episcopal School provides a multi-faceted Afterschool Program that is fun for children and flexible and convenient for parents. Designed to enhance each child’s emotional, intellectual, social, and physical development, our Afterschool program provides our students the opportunity to enjoy organized activities such as Art, Music, Reading, Drama and Physical Education, all in the context of play and recreation. Our weekly themes help build school spirit and teach team-work, and our in house learning experiences and field trips help enhance the learning experience for all of our students.

While many children are enrolled in the Afterschool Program because their parents work, others come on a drop-in basis. Whether your child wants to be with us every afternoon or be an occasional visitor, we are committed to providing a fun and enriching experience for all the children in our care. For more information, please contact our Afterschool Director at

Afterschool Rates

5 days – $335/month | 4 days – $270/month | 3 days – $210/month | 2 days – $150/month | Drop-in Rate – $30/day

To register for the PES Afterschool Program, please click the button below.


Throughout the year, Palisades Episcopal School students are able to enroll in a variety of exciting after school enrichment opportunities. For the 2020-2021 school year these offerings include:

  • CrossFit Club
  • Horseback Riding Lessons (in partnership with The Palisades Equestrian Center)
  • Music Lessons (piano, guitar, and ukulele)
  • Junior Pony Club
  • Lower School Basketball Clinic

For more information about these programs, please view our Afterschool Enrichment Form.


PES Camps

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact our Camp Director Amie Berryill at:

Equestrian Camps

Palisades Equestrian Center Camps

The Palisades Equestrian Center offers summer riding camps that are open to any child age 6 and up. 

For information, contact the Equestrian Center at or 704-588-5591.

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