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There is something special about spending so many years with the same, small group of people.
—Former 8th grade student
We would like to get to know you better. Please fill out this Inquiry Form to introduce yourself.
We’re delighted that your family is interested in learning more about Charleston Day School. We are offering virtual events this year to show you “The CDS Experience”. These events can be found online at charlestondayschool.org/admission-events. During these events you may hear from our Head of School, Judith Foley Arnstein, hear from current students, teachers, or parents as well as hear about our rich curriculum programs and our established traditions that make our K-8 experience uniquely Charleston Day.
Individual Zoom meetings allow your family to have specific questions answered and provide an opportunity for us to learn more about your child. To schedule your meeting, please call our Admission Office at (843)266-9799 or email Catherine Skeen at Catherine.Skeen@charlestonday.org.
You are able to submit an application and the $75.00 application fee online. A signed Release of Records form is required so that we may obtain your child’s prior school records and/or teacher recommendation forms.
Kindergarten applications should be in by January 8, 2021; 1st-8th grade applications should be in by mid-February to be considered for the March 5, 2021 notification.
One-on-one assessments (either in person or on Zoom) will be given beginning in December for Kindergarten applicants and beginning in January for applicants for grades 1-8. Charleston Day School assesses applicants in a one-on-one setting with our individualized grade level assessments. To schedule an assessment, please call our Admission Office at (843)266-9799 or email Catherine Skeen at Catherine.Skeen@charlestonday.org.
A student interview with Middle School Head and Head of School is required for applicants applying to grades 7 and 8. We view your child’s education as a partnership, and we believe it is important to meet with you to understand your families values and expectations for your child’s educational experience. Our goal is to admit students who can contribute to and benefit from the advantages offered by a CDS education. Parent interviews may take place during the individual Zoom meeting or at another time during the admission process. Student interviews are conducted as a part of their assessment. To schedule an interview, please call our Admission Office at (843)266-9799 or email Catherine Skeen at Catherine.Skeen@charlestonday.org.
The Admission Committee carefully evaluates each candidate on the basis of admissions tests, teacher recommendations, and previous academic records. We strive to maintain an even balance of boys and girls in each class.
Admission decisions will be communicated to Kindergarten families on January 29, 2021, and enrollment contracts are due February 6.
Admission decisions for families of grades 1-8 will be emailed on March 5, 2021 and enrollment contracts are due March 13.
Applications received and completed after the deadline will be considered on a rolling basis and will be notified typically within 2-3 weeks of completing the application process.
Charleston Day School maintains a nondiscriminatory admission policy and admits students of any race, religion, color and national or ethnic origin.