Prior to issuing enrollment contracts for the 2016-2017 school year, PDS will review the total progress (not just academic) of each student. The school will then make the re-enrollment contracts available online for 2016-2017 in the early winter.
Re-enrollment contracts, along with a specified deposit, must be completed by the date specified on the re-enrollment contract in order to reserve a spot for the 2016-2017 school year.
Spots not reserved by the re-enrollment deadline will be released to new students when admission decisions are announced mid February.
The school may, in a handful of cases, elect not to issue a contract to a student, or it may choose to defer a decision on issuing a contract. The school may make such a decision for academic, developmental, behavioral, or other reasons. It may, as well, elect to issue a contract with certain stipulations.
In case of inclement weather, PDS may close or start late. We will make an announcement on our website, via email, and Twitter and send a text message.
Unlike some of our fellow independent schools, PDS does not automatically follow the same decision that the local school systems make. Once school is in session, PDS will post a notice on its website and/or send an email if it decides to close during the school day.
It is very unlikely that PDS will close due to the possibility of severe thunderstorms and wind. PDS has a large basement that is one of the safest spaces in the region.
In icy conditions or periods of hazardous driving when school is open, students arriving late will not be counted tardy. We urge parents to be punctual but not at the cost of safety.
At the beginning of each school year, every cellphone number and parent emails in our database is added to the individual updates and emergencies mailing lists that are used to send out emergency communications.
Text messages from the school will come from this number: 901-545-2608, please add it to your contacts.
In the event of an emergency or school closing, these lists will be used to send out notices.
You can check your newsletter/sms subscription by visiting the "Manage Newsletter Subscriptions" page under the News menu. Note that you will need to be logged into the site to see the Updates and Emergencies lists.
You can also quickly get to your cellphone and newsletter settings without having to login by scrolling to the bottom of any of our email newsletters and looking for the Manage Your Subscription link.
The Director of Operations oversees and updates a comprehensive security policy, assuring the security of the school.
All visitors, including parents, must enter through the main or Early Childhood entrance, sign in, and wear a special visitor badge.
The Comprehensive Testing Program (CTP) developed by the Educational Records Bureau is administered each year to boys in grades two through six. The CTP is the most widely used test among independent schools in the country, and its results afford us the most accurate measurement of both the aptitude and achievement levels of our boys. The CTP measures achievement only in grades two and three. The CTP measures verbal ability, quantitative ability, and achievement in grades four through six.
Performance on this test is only one part of the total picture of each boy’s educational development. Evaluation of annual progress is difficult to measure accurately over a standardized testing period of three to four days. More comprehensive evidence of achievement is reflected in a longitudinal review of daily classroom performance and results of many other assessment measurements used throughout the year.
Each family will receive an Individual Student Report Subscore (which provides graphic description of student performance) and an ISR Score Interpretation Folder. The Head of Elementary is available to answer any questions you may have regarding interpretation.
Many elementary students suffer a relapse in reading and math skills during the summer months. Therefore, PDS asks families to make reading and review of math skills a priority by weaving these important endeavors into their summer schedule of activities. Prior to the end of the school year, rising 1st through 6th graders receive information about the requirements for both reading and math. Each boy must return his summer reading portfolio and math assignments on the first day of school in August.
View the current Summer Work Assignments (if currently available).
Parents are encouraged to support the school in several ways.
First, please pray for the school. Pray for the safety, growth, and happiness of our boys. Pray that our teachers and staff might have wisdom, inspiration, energy, and love. Pray that we might all be united in purpose and as a community.
Second, all parents are encouraged to make a financial gift to the school according to their means. As tuition revenues do not cover all of our actual operational expenses and do not cover any major capital improvements, the school is able to provide the range and depth of programs and resources it does only through the gifts of parents and friends. Parents will be solicited for the Annual Fund in the fall and are encouraged to make a gift at that point (or a pledge to be paid before the end of the school year).
Last year, almost 70% of our parents contributed to the PDS annual fund, and their gifts enabled the school to provide an even stronger education for our students.
Third, volunteer through the Parents’ Association. The Parents’ Association has a list of areas in which the school needs volunteers. Finally, help us spread the word about PDS. If you know of a family with a boy who would be a good fit for PDS, tell that family about PDS or call our Admission Office so we can send them some materials about the school.
The school telephone is for school business and should be restricted to urgent or important calls.
Students using the telephone during the school day must have permission from their teacher.
Teachers or students are not called to the phone during class time.
Emergency messages should be given directly to the Receptionist.
Boys may not bring cell phones or related devices to school.
|Class||Tuition||Tuition Refund Plan|
|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|
|3 Full Days/ 2 Half Days||$14,930||$179.16|
|Senior Kindergarten through Sixth Grade|
|Laptop Fee (4th, 5th, & 6th Grade)||$525|
|Matriculation Fee for New Students||$500|
|Tuition and Fees Payment Plans||Payment 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
|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|
|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 Fees||Total|
|Lunch and Drink||$1,080|
|Enrichment Classes - optional||varies|
On Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, teachers generally remain in their rooms for 30 minutes after the school day ends to work with students whom the teacher determines need extra help. Such extra help sessions are at the invitation of the teacher only and designed for the student who is struggling academically. A teacher may require attendance. Such extra help sessions will generally be in small groups rather than one-on-one. The school does not charge for extra help sessions.
There are some of these days, however, when a teacher is performing an after-school duty or activity and, as such, is not in his or her room for the extra help session. A boy and parent should confirm with the teacher that he/she will be holding the extra help session on the given day and that the boy has been invited or required to attend.
Parents seeking additional tutoring beyond the standard extra help sessions should contact Lindsey Robinson, Director of Academic Support, who will place students for individual tutoring and enrichment services for an appropriate fee.
The PDS Website exists to assist students, faculty, and parents in locating and using electronic information resources by providing a user-friendly site with links and information that are selected and written to meet basic information needs and to support curriculum and instruction. Each homeroom teacher in those divisions has a “homepage” accessible through the PDS Website that functions as your primary source of PDS news. We make every effort to post all news items to that page.
Assignments and important messages will be posted via this medium throughout the year; please visit it regularly: http://www.pdsmemphis.org. Homework assignments will be posted by 4:00 p.m. Please remember to refresh or clear the webpage so you are viewing the most current information.