CHARLOTTE HAS a variety of options for parents considering enrolling their children in private schools. From sports teams to 3-D technology to programs for students with special needs, each institution has its own strengths. We hope this guide provides information that helps your family make an informed decision.

How We Gathered the Data:
Charlotte-area private schools were sent a link to an online survey. We filled information gaps with 2016-17 data found on schools’ websites. If 2016-17 school-year information was not provided, it is because the school declined to submit the required information or it was not available on the school’s website. Many schools have different ways of reporting SAT or ACT scores. Rather than ask everyone to conform to a certain standard, we printed the scores as given. Survey submissions were edited for brevity, clarity and space. *Tuition is annual unless otherwise noted.

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2017 Guide to Private Schools

Palisades Episcopal School

Map13120 Grand Palisades Pkwy.
Charlotte, NC


Be inspired. Be challenged. Be active. Be known.

Palisades Episcopal School (PES) is an accredited, Christ-centered independent day school serving students in Junior Kindergarten – 8th grade on a 10 acre campus in Southwest Mecklenburg County. As a liberal arts, neo-classical institution, PES offers students opportunities for integrated study by seamlessly weaving together scientific, cultural, historical, and literary investigations. With mastery of skills as the goal, rather than just memorization of facts, a PES student is provided time to think, discuss, process and apply their knowledge, which in turn promotes intellectual curiosity and creates lifelong learners. Intimate class sizes and low teacher-student ratios allow for differentiated instruction across every grade. Service integration helps students develop citizenship skills and fosters values of integrity, courage, responsibility, compassion, and hard work. PES students graduate knowing how to connect their heads to their hearts and are academically prepared for high school and beyond.

For more information, or to schedule a campus tour, visit

Now Offering Equestrian for grades 3–8.

Additional Information:

Languages Offered: Latin, Spanish
County: Mecklenburg
Head of School: Kerin S. Hughes
Year Founded: 2007
Grades, Tuition: JK-8, $5,355-$11,900
Enrollment: 165
Class Size: 20-22
Amenities: Financial Aid, Uniform required, Transportation available, Sports, Arts
Athletic Conference: GCAC
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