Poughkeepsie Day School

  • Our collaborative learning environment, with dedicated faculty open to new ideas and challenges, provides a springboard for engaged and reflective learners.
  • Our teachers design curriculum with their students in mind, providing many different pathways into a rich, integrated learning experience.
  • We know that (1) fostering individual expression, (2) providing interdisciplinary opportunities and (3) having a steadfast commitment to social and emotional learning feeds a learning environment that will allow our students to thrive.

Upcoming Events and 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! 

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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
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-12
Year Founded1934

Student Body

Total Students235 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 28%
Students by GradePoughkeepsie Day School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers55 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio4:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size12 students
Number of AP Courses9 courses
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$25,675
Tuition NotesPreK-Kindergarten: $21,000 1st-5th: $23,500 6th - 8th: $26,900 9th - 12th: $31,300
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$8,500
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, 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, SOS (Planned Parenthood Peer Education), Woodworking, Yearbook, Youth Against Discrimination

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

Arts and Music Programs:
A Cappella Singing, Chorus, Costume Design, Music Ensembles, Shooting Tape, Studio Art, Vocal and Instrumental Lessons

Recreational Athletic Programs:

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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    Grades: 6-12 | 159 students
    1.8 miles
    22 Spackenkill Road
    Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
    1.8 6-12
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    Grades: PK-12 | 268 students
    1.6 miles
    25 Golf Club Lane
    Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
    1.6 PK-12
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    Grades: PK-8 | 229 students
    2.9 miles
    20 Springside Ave
    Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
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    Grades: PK-8 | 405 students
    0.1 miles
    122 Cedar Valley Rd
    Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
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    Grades: PK-8 | 164 students
    14.4 miles
    415 Route 343
    Millbrook, NY 12545
    14.4 PK-8

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