Poughkeepsie Day School

  • Poughkeepsie Day School is an independent coeducational school serving students from prekindergarten through 12th grade.
  • The school develops educated citizens with a passion for learning and living.
  • The curriculum is creative, interdisciplinary and globally aware.  The balanced program supports students as intellectually curious and creative thinkers.
  • PDS respects the unique strength and talents of every student and each student is known and valued as an individual.
  • An outstanding faculty ensures that all students receive the attention they need to grow as active, independent learners ready to take up the challenge of the future as global citizens.
  • Nine Advanced Topics classes offered, a more indepth version of AP which prepares students for the AP exam.
  • 100% of PDS graduates to on to college each year, many to highly selective institutions.

School News

  • PDS Blog - 03/01/2017 - Our blog highlights what life is like at Poughkeepsie Day School. Posts are written by our faculty and staff and we occasionally feature guest bloggers. Read and learn about what's going on at PDS from the people who experience it first-hand! 

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Other school association(s)
New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS)
National Association of College Admissions Counselors
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-12
Year Founded1934

Student Body

Total Students264 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 29%
Students by GradePoughkeepsie Day School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers55 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size12 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesAdvanced Topics Advanced Calculus, Advanced Topics Human Biology, Advanced Topics in American Literature, Advanced Topics in Modern American History 1865-1980, Advanced Topics Integral Calculus, Advanced Topics Multivariable Calculus, Advanced Topics The Continuum vs. Discrete Mathematics
Average SAT score1350
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$19,000
Tuition NotesFlexible Tuition ranges from $14,500 for pre- kindergarten through $29,400 for upper school students (grades 11 - 12)
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$5,500
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorIke Shaw
Endowment Size$4.4 million


Total Sports Offered8 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountrySoccer,
Ultimate FrisbeeVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.32 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Community Service, Costume Design, Creative Writing, GBSTA, Geography Bee, Jazz Ensemble, Life Drawing, Literary Magazine, Math Games, Model Congress, Music Ensembles, Newpaper, Peer Counseling, S.A.D.D., Scottish Dancing, Shooting Tape, SOS (Planned Parenthood Peer Education), Student Council, Studio Art, Volleyball, Woodworking, Yearbook, Youth Against Discrimination

Club or Organization:
Academic World Quest, Environmental Club, Foreign Language Clubs, Habitat for Humanity, Model UN

Arts and Music Programs:
A Cappella Singing, Chorus, Music Ensembles, Vocal and Instrumental Lessons

School Notes

The Committee on Admissions considers a variety of factors in making its decisions regarding applicants to the diverse Poughkeepsie Day School community. Among the factors taken into account are the student's:

  • Intellectual strength or potential
  • Passion for learning
  • Curiosity and significant interests
  • Creativity
  • Potential for leadership and independence
  • Ability to work well cooperatively
  • Kindness and sensitivity to others
  • Potential for making a positive contribution to the classroom and the PDS community
  • Please note: Poughkeepsie Day School does not charge a set tuition, instead we have a flexible tuition program. View figures at the top range: https://poughkeepsieday.org/admissions/flexible-tuition
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