Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When will PCS begin accepting applications for the 2024-2025 school year?

A: October 1, 2023

Q: What is Early Admission?

A:   Early Admission is for incoming kindergarten and first-grade families whose first choice is PCS and who want to secure their spot. Most seats are filled during Early Admission.


Q: What is the timeline for Early Admission?

A:  Admission applications, all required documentation, and financial aid applications (if applicable) are due by October 31, 2023 to be included in the Early Admission process. Acceptance letters will be sent between November 16, 2023 and December 11, 2023. If your child is accepted through Early Admission, then you will be required to pay a 10% deposit two weeks after you receive your acceptance email to hold your child’s seat.

Q: What is Regular Admission?

A:  Regular Admission is for Kindergarten through 9th-grade applicants who are not yet sure if Philadelphia Classical School is the school for their child and have pursued other options in case there is no seat available.

Q: What is the timeline for Regular Admission?

A: Completed applications, all required documentation and financial aid applications are due by January 31, 2024. Acceptance letters will be sent out between March 11, 2024 and March 31, 2024. If your child is accepted to Philadelphia Classical School, then you will be expected to pay a 10% deposit two weeks after you receive your acceptance email to hold your child’s seat.

Q: What does a completed application include?


Kinder 1st-2nd 3rd-4th 5th-9th
Online Application ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Application Fee* $65 $65 $130 $130
Teacher Recommendation ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Birth Certificate ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Financial Aid App* (Optional) $40 $40 $40 $40
School Transcript ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Writing Sample ✔️ ✔️
Student Questionnaire ✔️


*The fee is non-refundable.

Q: I've submitted my child's application, now what?

A: Kindergarten applicants will receive an email from PCS to schedule a Parent Partnership Meeting/Student Evaluation on either November 9th or 10th for early admission or on March 2nd for regular admission. This is a half-day process.  Applicants for all other grades will be scheduled to visit PCS on a day in February.

The PCS Admission Coordinator will send out more information regarding these meetings as they approach.

Q: What can I expect at the Parent Partnership Meeting/Student Evaluation?

A: The PCS Head of School will meet with the child’s parent(s)/guardian(s) to get to know a little more about your family and your child. During this time children entering Kindergarten and 1st grade will meet with one of our teachers for the student evaluation which will take 30 minutes. The student does not need to prepare for this and it is conducted as an interactive conversation between the teacher and student. Also, at another designated time, that day your child will be put into a small group with other applicants for a classroom evaluation.  If you have a child entering 2nd grade or higher the student will be invited to spend a day in one of our classrooms.

Q: Who needs to fill out the Teacher Recommendation form?

A: If your child is entering Kindergarten or 1st Grade, then the form should be filled out by a teacher or an adult who has supervised the child for a considerable amount of time. If your child is entering 2nd grade or higher then please have a previous teacher fill out the form.

Q: What is PCS's yearly tuition?

A: $15,900 per year for 2023-2024 (not updated for 2024-2025)

Q: Should I apply for financial aid/sliding scale tuition?

A: Families may apply for financial aid if their income is less than $160,000 with 1 child, less than $185,000 with 2 children, and less than $210,000 with three children. Applying for financial aid does not guarantee that financial assistance will be awarded.