Princeton Day School

PO Box 75, Princeton, NJ 08542

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PDS traces its origins to the late 1800s, when May Margaret Fine founded a school in Princeton to prepare girls for college. Miss Fine’s School was very unusual for its time, as women were not then expected to attend college, and only a small percentage of girls even went to elementary and secondary school. In 1927, a small group of area parents established an elementary school for boys, locating it next to Miss Fine’s School. Although this school, which was named Princeton Country Day School, and Miss Fine’s School fared quite well over the years, the two institutions decided in 1965 to merge and form a coeducational school. The college preparatory program at PDS, which places particular emphasis on verbal and quantitative reasoning and creative self-expression, includes a variety of courses in literature, languages, history, math, computer and the sciences. Instructors encourage boys and girls to apply their learning skills to problem solving in the traditional subject areas. Notable curricular features are fine arts, music, drama, architecture and religion classes. Each senior arranges for an independent project to be completed in the last six weeks of the third trimester; projects have included internships, performing arts, community service and research projects through the school or local universities. PDS' peer leadership training program selects 18 group leaders to conduct weekly discussions helping freshmen with the transition to upper school. International and domestic exchange programs and educational travel opportunities are also available.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory
Grade RangeDay — Coed Grades PS (Age 4)-12
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full AddressPO Box 75, Princeton, NJ 08542
Year Established1899
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)

Tuition & Financial Aid

Day Tuition$25,470-31,210; estimated extras $265-900
Need-Based Scholarships Awarded140
Value of Need-Based Scholarships$3,200,000

Academics & Athletics

Academic CalendarTrimester
Supplemental InstructionTutoring
1:1 Laptop Program in Grades5-8
Advanced Placement CoursesArt History, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Comparative Government & Politics, European History, French, Latin, Music Theory, Physics C, Spanish, Statistics, US Government & Politics, US History
Summer SessionAcademic Enrichment Recreational. 1-2 weeks
Accredited ByCLS, MSA
Interscholastic Boys' & Girls' SportsBasketball, Cross-country, Fencing, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Squash, Tennis
Interscholastic Boys' SportsBaseball, Football
Interscholastic Girls' SportsField Hockey, Softball, Volleyball

Graduate Placement

Graduate Reference Year2012
Graduates Attending College/Nonpublic Secondary School89
Most Common Graduate DestinationsNYU 4, Princeton 3, Columbia 3, Cornell 3, Tufts 3, Lehigh 3
Average Math SAT643
Average Critical Reading SAT642
Average Writing SAT653
Average ACT28


Applications DueJanuary
Application Fee$55
New Students134
Percentage of Applicants Accepted40
Percent Admitted Who Choose to Enroll (Yield)70
Tests Used for AdmissionSSAT


AdministratorPaul J. Stellato
Administrator's TitleHead of School
In Office Since2008
Administrator's CredentialsBA, Hamilton College, MFA, Columbia Univ
Director(s) of AdmissionsJulie Cucchi, Interim Director of Admission

Enrollment & Faculty

Total Enrollment907
Day Students907
Elementary Enrollment (Through Grade 8)496
Secondary Enrollment (Grades 9-PG)411
Student Body EthnicityWhite 80%, Latino 3%, African-American 7%, Asian 10%
Average Class Size15
Teaching Faculty125
Faculty with Advanced Degrees (%)66
Male Teaching Faculty45
Female Teaching Faculty80
Faculty EthnicityWhite 88%, Latino 5%, African-American 5%, Asian 2%

Campus & Endowment

Campus Acreage105
Facilities Value$75,000,000
Endowment Value$43,000,000
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