Charleston Day School

Charleston Day School

How to Apply

Application Procedure

There is something special about spending so many years with the same, small group of people.

—Former 8th grade student

Inquire Online

We would like to get to know you better. Please fill out this Inquiry Form to introduce yourself.

Attend an Open House

We’re delighted that your family is interested in learning more about Charleston Day School.

We hope you will join us for one of our Open Houses, “The CDS Experience”. You are able to register for “The CDS Experience” online at

Schedule a Campus Tour

As part of the application process, families will need to schedule a campus tour. Please call our Admission Office at (843) 266-9799 or email Catherine Skeen at

Submit an Application

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 1, 2024 to be considered for the February 2nd notification; 1st-8th grade applications should be in by February 1, 2024 to be considered for the March 8, 2024 notification.

2023-2024 Online Admission Application

Schedule an Assessment for your Student

One-on-one assessments 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

Schedule a Parent Interview

A student interview with our Middle School Head and/or 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 tour 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

How Decisions are Made

The Admission Committee carefully evaluates each candidate on the basis of admissions tests, teacher recommendations, and previous academic records.

Decision and Notification

Admission decisions will be communicated to Kindergarten families on February 2, 2024.

Admission decisions for families of grades 1-8 will be emailed on March 8, 2024.

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.

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Download Admission Checklist

Click here for a PDF of the Admission Checklist.

Charleston Day School does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, tuition assistance programs, athletic and other school-administered programs.

Life at Charleston Day

Dining Services

Students and teachers eat together at round tables, where everyone relishes the opportunity to enjoy each other in a less formal setting. ... Learn More

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After School Programs

Students have the opportunity to explore their interests through a wide variety of classes offered in the afternoons. Classes include German, cooking, knitting, yoga, infused glass, clay, and comic book writing, to name a few ... Show Me More

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