Rachel Bishop
Rachel Bishop

Rachel Bishop

Director of Admission
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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Steps for Re-Enrollment for 2020-2021

Dear Parents:

Re-enrollment for the 2020–2021 school year is here. Your continued investment in a PDS education is a clear sign that you want what’s best for your son’s future. Our school is focused on helping build boys into men with our solid foundation of godly values and mind-opening academics. These formative elementary years truly do set the future trajectory of a boy’s life.

On Wednesday, January 15, all families whose account balances with the school are current will receive an email that contains the link to re-enroll their son(s). If a family has a balance, the re-enrollment contract(s) will be held until the balance is paid.

Below are the instructions that will be emailed along with the link to re-enroll.

  1. Click on the link at the end of the notification email sent on January 15 to enroll your son(s) for 2020–2021. The subject of the email is “Presbyterian Day School: Enrollment Contract.”
  2. Please complete all PDS re-enrollment information carefully and accurately.
  3. For families with two separate households, note that both households will need to complete a contract. The primary household will receive the email link and the secondary household will receive a hard copy by email.

Remember, your son is not enrolled until PDS receives a signed contract by both parents and a $500 tuition deposit. Contracts and deposits are due by February 1, 2020.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at 901–842–4695 or rbishop@pdsmemphis.org.


Rachel A. Bishop
Director of Admission

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Tuition and Affordability



Presbyterian Day School was established 70 years ago and has remained true to its mission: Presbyterian Day School strives to glorify God by developing boys in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man.

In keeping with our mission, we are committed to making the PDS experience accessible and affordable to families who value the very best academic excellence and character education. Through our innovative variable tuition model, we are able to support boys and families from various backgrounds and provide a more enriched experience for all PDS boys.

Young Knights $5,560 - $10,740
Pre-Kindergarten $9,450 - $14,520
Junior Kindergarten $14,930 - $17,930
Senior Kindergarten $17,930
First-Sixth Grades $21,070

Detailed Tuition and Fees

Why We Chose PDS:

Michelle and Denny Catalano have two sons and a daughter. Hear why they chose a PDS education for their sons.


Variable Tuition

Variable tuition at PDS is a customized plan based on each family’s financial situation for boys entering Pre-Kindergarten through 6th grade.



PDS charges a range of tuition fees based on a wide range of needs. Our goal is to share in the important investment of your son’s education in order to establish a solid foundation for life. Every family at PDS is expected to contribute to the cost of tuition and fees, as we know that contributing creates a sense of ownership and responsibility. Each family, no matter what they are able to contribute, makes PDS an incredibly special place for boys.

To help objectively customize a variable tuition plan, PDS uses School and Student Services (SSS), a trusted and confidential third party. SSS is an entity of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). NAIS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, nationality, sex, or ethnic origin.


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Email Rachel For more information about affording a PDS education, contact Rachel Bishop, Director of Admission at 901-842-4695 or rbishop@pdsmemphis.org.

At Presbyterian Day School, we know how to teach boys, reach them, and channel their energies in positive and productive ways. And we know from research that boys and girls develop language and writing skills on different timetables, it’s just how God created us.

Research also teaches us that boys need extra time to develop fine motor skills, one of the key components of writing. If you visit one of our Early Childhood classrooms, you just might spot one of the two in-classroom teachers breaking crayons or pencils. Now, why would they break a perfectly good crayon? Check out this video:

Want to learn more about what we teach our boys? Check out our online curriculum guide.

Want to see HOW we teach our boys? Please register for our Early Childhood Open House on November 7 at 9:00am.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Chapel and a Tour - Friday, October 18

A PDS boy will attend 525 chapel services during his 10 years at the school. Join us for our main Friday Chapel service and a tour of the school.

We'll meet in the PDS lobby at 8:00am and finish up by 9:30am.

Join Us!


For more information, please contact Rachel Bishop, Director of Admission at 901-842-4695


Tuition and Fees:
2020-2021 School Year

ClassTuitionTuition Refund Plan
Young Knights
2 Full Days (T/Th) $5,560 $66.72
5 Half Days $6,590 $79.08
3 Full Days (M, W, F) $6,920 $83.04
5 Full Days $10,740 $128.88
5 Half Days $9,450 $113.40
3 Full Days (T,W,Th) $11,080 $132.96
3 Full Days/2 Half Days $14,170 $170.04
5 Full Days $14,520 $174.24
Junior Kindergarten
3 Full Days/ 2 Half Days $14,930 $179.16
Full Day $17,930 $215.16
Senior Kindergarten through Sixth Grade
Senior Kindergarten $17,930 $215.16
1st–3rd Grade $21,070 $252.84
4th–6th Grade $21,070 $259.14
 More information about our Tuition Refund Plan: Tuition Refund Plan


Required Fees 
Laptop Fee (4th, 5th, & 6th Grade) $525
Matriculation Fee for New Students $500
School Supplies $50-$150


Tuition and Fees Payment PlansPayment Due
Annual Payment Plan June 1, 2020
Semiannual Payment Plan June 1, 2020
December 1, 2020
Quarterly Payment Plan
(Tuition Refund Plan required)
June 1, 2020
August 1, 2020
November 1, 2020
January 1, 2021
Monthly Payment Plan
(Tuition Refund Plan required)
Tuition will be paid over eight months beginning in June and ending in January. If you choose to pay monthly, you will also incur a $300 annual fee.
June 2020 - January 2021
There is a $50 late fee if statement balance is not received on or before the scheduled due date. Any balance more than 30 days past due will accrue interest at the rate of 1.0% per month.

Aftercare (Estimates)
After-school care - 5 day option $2,085
After-school care - 4 day option $1,925
After-school care - 3 day option $1,625
After-school care - 2 day option $1,240
After-school care - 1 day option $790


Trip Fees Total
6th Graders-Victory Ranch Trip Fee $175
5th Graders-Victory Ranch Trip Fee $175
6th Graders-Father Son Trip Victory Ranch Trip Fee $140
6th Graders-Father Son Trip to St. Louis $875
Other field trips may occur with smaller fees.  


Lunch Plan FeesTotal
Lunch and Drink $1,080
Drink only $190


After-School SportsTotal
Football $225
Crusader Football $250
Basketball $225
Crusader Basketball $250
Soccer $225
Cross Country $175
Golf $175
Track $175
Tennis $175


Other FeesTotal
Enrichment Classes - optional varies


Financial Aid

Presbyterian Day School believes that there is no greater investment a family can make than in a child’s education. We know that many PDS families choose to realign their lifestyles in order to put their son's educational needs first.

Approximately $1.1 million dollars was given in aid for 2018-2019

To enroll a strong, diverse student body we provide Financial Aid to families who demonstrate a need. PDS encourages families with limited resources to apply for assistance based upon the presumption that the primary obligation for financing a student's education rests with the family. Every family must contribute to their son's tuition. Full scholarships are not offered.

PDS has a need-based Financial Aid policy grounded in the belief that no qualified student should be denied enrollment due to financial restraints. In light of these commitments, we earmark a significant amount of funds each year for Financial Aid. PDS does not discriminate on the basis of race, national, or ethnic origin. 

Recipients of Financial Aid are expected to abide by the same academic and conduct standards of all other PDS students. To remain eligible for Financial Aid, students must continue to demonstrate financial need and must continue to maintain good standing in both academics and conduct. Positive and constructive relationships between parents and the school must also exist throughout the year. Families must apply yearly for Financial Aid.

20% of our student body receives financial aid

Applying for Financial Aid does not affect one’s chances for admission; applicants are accepted without regard to a family’s financial situation.

In order to determine a family’s eligibility to receive assistance in a fair and equitable manner, PDS requires that all applicants for Financial Aid complete the online Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) at sss.nais.org/parents and provide SSS all required documentation.


Financial Aid applicants will submit all documentation to School and Student Service by NAIS (SSS). This includes the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) and all required tax forms. The 2018 1040’s with all schedules, W-2’s, and pay stubs for September and October 2019 are due with the PFS on November 30, 2019, and 2019 1040’s with all schedules and W-2’s are due on April 15, 2020. Financial Aid awards are not final until the PFS is verified with the 2019 documentation.

Divorced/Separated /Remarried/Never Been Married Parents

  1. For parents who are separated or divorced, both parents are required to submit a separate but linked Parent Financial Statement (PFS) form online at sss.nais.org/parents.  Both parents are also required to upload to School and Student Service by NAIS (SSS) current 1040’s with all schedules, copies of September and October 2019 pay stubs, and W-2’s.
  2. PDS is not bound by the assertion, if it is made, that one parent is not responsible for educational expenses nor is it bound by court orders or divorce decrees. PDS considers every parent responsible for his or her son’s development and educational success, regardless of custodial or marital status.
  3. If the non-custodial parent refuses to submit the necessary information, the application for Financial Aid may not be processed.
  4. If the custodial parent has not heard from the non-custodial parent, and the non-custodial parent is in no way involved in the upbringing of the applicant, the requirement of these forms may be waived by the Director of Enrollment Management and Financial Aid.  A letter of verification from a disinterested party (minister, attorney, etc.) may be required.
  5. A copy of the divorce decree may be required.
  6. In addition, PDS may request additional information from all parties and reserves the right to review on a case-by-case basis.
  7. For parents who have never been married, if both parents are actively involved in the upbringing of the applicant, both are required to submit a PFS online and required documentation (current 1040‘s with all schedules, W-2’s, and September and October 2019 pay stubs) to SSS. 

Families Who Own a Business and/or Farm

All parents who own a business and/or farm may be required to furnish information relevant to the business to substantiate need, such as balance sheets and cash flow statements.

Parents Who Do Not Work

PDS presumes that all adult family members will work to contribute to the investment of the child’s education. To that end, when the mother or father chooses not to work and there are no preschool children at home, or is a full or part time student, PDS will impute an annual income for the non-working parent.

Exceptions will be made if the parents are caring for a disabled child, parent, or grandparent, or critically ill child, parent, or grandparent. Consideration will also be given for the parent that is home-schooling children.

Financial Aid Waiting List

Ever year applicants for Financial Aid typically demonstrate more need than there are funds available. Therefore, it necessitates the creation of a Financial Aid waiting list. The school will allocate awards to those on the waiting list if the funds become available.

Delinquent Tuition Payments

In order to qualify for Financial Aid for the next school year a family must be current with the business office. In the event that a family is not current under their payment plan by March 1, a Financial Aid award may not be awarded for the next school year.

Application Timeline

October 2, 2019 Website (www.solutionsbysss.com/parents) open for parents to submit PFS and documentation online for the 2020–2021 school year.
November 30, 2019 Deadline for families to complete the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) online through School and Student Services by NAIS (SSS) and for submitting 2018 income tax return with all schedules and 2018 W–2’s if they have not already been submitted. Also, pay stubs for September and October 2019 are due to SSS at this time.
Mid-Late January 2020 Financial Aid awards are allocated to current families Who have provided all forms and documentation to SSS.
Mid February 2020 Financial Aid awards are allocated to new students whose families have provided all forms and documentation to SSS.
April 15, 2020 Deadline for all applicants to submit 2019 W–2’s and income tax returns with all schedules to SSS.

Those applying for Financial Aid after the November 30 deadline will be considered only if all paperwork is received and processed before awards are made in January and February. Depending on funds available, those applying after the initial awards are made in January and February may be put on a waiting list for awards. 

Financial Aid Awards

  • The Financial Aid award is a grant based on demonstrated need as determined by the needs analysis system of SSS (School and Student Service by NAIS). Grants have no repayment requirements.
  • Financial Aid grants are funded through resources of Presbyterian Day School.
  • Financial need is determined by taking into account many factors, including income, expenses, assets, and liabilities of the student and the parents, as well as the number of children attending tuition-charging schools. College funds and student trust funds are considered assets. Ultimately the formula seeks to determine a family’s discretionary income—the income over which  a family has choice as to how it is spent.
  • If requesting financial assistance, a family should invest in their son’s education before elective expenses such as secondary home ownership, club memberships, and expensive automobile leases/purchases. The Financial Aid Committee does not consider these and other elective expenses when determining eligibility for assistance.
  • The award for each family is based on the demonstrated need, number of families applying for tuition assistance, and the funds available. Typically awards are a percentage of the demonstrated need.
  • Awards are considered final only when all required information is received by SSS, and the Director of Admission receives the signed Financial Aid Agreement.
  • All financial information submitted by parents is held in strictest confidence by the Financial Aid Committee.
  • All awards are confidential agreements between the recipient family and the school; therefore, we respectfully request that families receiving awards not share this information with other parties.
  • PDS reserves the right to amend awards if new information comes to light.


For more information about financing a PDS education, contact Rachel Bishop, Director of Admission at 901-842-4695 or rbishop@pdsmemphis.org.

Monday, August 08, 2016



Tuition and Fees:
2020-2021 School Year

Young Knights $5,560 - $10,740
Pre-Kindergarten $9,450 - $14,520
Junior Kindergarten $14,930 - $17,930
Senior Kindergarten $17,930
First-Sixth Grades $21,070


See Detailed Tuition and Fees 

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