PreK-5th Grade Process

1. Student Profile

Complete the Student Profile Form of the Standard Application Online (SAO) and pay the application fee as soon as possible to begin an application with PDS.

2. Visits and Testing

Entering PreK, Kindergarten, or Grade 1: Once you submit the Student Profile Form at, please click on the "PickaTime" link found under "Special Instructions" to schedule the two required visits: an individual developmental screening and a group observation.


Entering Grades 2-3: The applicant will be registered automatically for admission testing at PDS on Saturday, February 1, from 8:45-11:00 a.m. An information session for parents will be held concurrently.

Entering Grades 4-5: Applicants must take the Elementary Level SSAT. Please register at We ask that all applicants register for the test administered at PDS on February 1. For 5th grade applicants, after the test, members of the admission office staff conduct student interviews.


3. Submit Remaining Application Materials

When you log into your child's application account at, you will see a checklist of all application components needed for your grade. All materials are due by January 15.

Application Deadline:
January 15

If you are interested in applying for financial aid, an application must be submitted to TADS by February 1.

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