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?


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 least 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.


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.


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.


PES is committed to making a PES education accessible to all admissions qualified students. Families who feel the full tuition cost is out of reach should not hesitate to visit or apply to PES. Our Indexed Tuition program serves as a means to help close the gap between the costs of attending PES and a family’s ability to pay, as determined by the School and Student Services for Financial Aid (SSS), our School’s policies and the resources available for returning as well as prospective families.

2020-2021 Indexed Tuition

$1,244 – $6,218 Half-Day Junior Kindergarten 

$1,798 – $8,990 Extended-Day Junior Kindergarten

$2,774 – $13,870 Kindergarten

$2,786 – $13,930 First – Second Grades

$2,818 – $14,090 Third Grade

$2,856 – $14,278 Fourth Grade

$2,880 – $14,398 Fifth Grade – Eighth Grades

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.

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.

Additional Fees Include:

Tuition Insurance (2.6% of tuition) is required if tuition is not paid in full on or before July 1st, or upon enrollment if a student is enrolled after July 1st.

$150 Performing Arts Fee (Spring Musical participants)

$150 Technology Fee (Grades 3 – 8)

$175 Middle School Athletic Fee

Middle School Overnight End of Year Field Trips (TBD)

Afterschool Fees range from $30/Day for drop-ins to $335/month


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.

Before receiving Indexed Tuition assistance, each applicant must apply and receive admission to the School. The admissions and Indexed Tuition process may occur simultaneously.

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 and 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.

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.


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.  Please check back for our future Parent Education events.  

Snapshot Sessions

Our tours are designed to provide guests with 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 be scheduled at your convenience. Please click here to schedule your Snapshot Session today.

Little Explorers Series (Select Fridays – 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.) 

Little Explorers offers children ages 3-5 the chance to investigate the wonders of Science and Spanish through hands-on learning activities.  Visit pescharlotte.org/littleexplorers for dates, topic details, and to register. 

Bring A Friend Days

Students in grades 2 – 7 are invited to spend the day at PES with their friends and experience the joyful love of learning.  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.  

2019-2020 Bring A Friend Dates

October 21, 2019 – Clover / Fort Mill

November 5, 2019 – CMS

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