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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Sports
    B+
Princeton Day School is a top rated, private school located in Princeton, NJ. It has 950 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 8 to 1. Tuition is $34,600 for the highest grade offered. After graduation, 100% of students from this school go on to attend a 4-year college.
Address
650 Great Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
Telephone
(609) 924-6700
Website

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$34,600
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Received Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid

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Academics

Average Graduation Rate
Average SAT
1360
131 responses
Average ACT
32
39 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
91%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.11 responses
Poll
91%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.11 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 16 responses
Report
  • Blue and White Day
    38%
  • PDS v.s Lawrenceville Hockey Game
    19%
  • Fall Weekend
    13%
  • Harvest Dinner
    13%
  • Homecoming
    6%
  • Major Sporting Events
    6%
  • Spirit Week
    6%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
950
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.12 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.12 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.12 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
8:1
National
17:1
Poll
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.12 responses
Poll
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.12 responses
Poll
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.12 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Boys Athletic Participation
71%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.7 responses
43%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.7 responses
29%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.7 responses
Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    C+
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$118,467
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,396
National
$949
Median Home Value
$811,700
National
$184,700
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Princeton Day School Reviews

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The slogan...Princeton Day School...opportunities of a lifetime everyday is perfect for this school. From ice skating during gym classs to tending to the chickens in the school's outdoor garden and classroom the opportunities are endless. The faculty are amazing and they truly treat each student as if they are their #1 student and tend to the student's academic and personal needs. The diversity of the classroom is extraordinary which has further enhanced our child's curiosity and knowledge of different cultures. Thank you PDS for affording our children these lifetime opportunities everyday!
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The facilities are very attractive, but programs lack academic strength in important areas even math and English (humanities for lower grades). The reason is that the curriculum lacks basic consistency, so the same subject in the same grade can cover totally different materials when taught by diffferent teachers. There is no syllabus for any class and some core classes lack textbooks. If you are lucky you may get a handful of great teachers but you might also get one of several lackluster ones. Sports are very mediocre. There is no hard-core training to excel. Overall the school seems complacent about its status in Princeton and lacks that vigor to drive excellence. College acceptances reflect very few Ivy or top tier acceptances - are commonly believed to be the result of a legacy or special connection. PDS does not encourage competition - forcing the playing field to stay uniform, but does cater to wealthiest parent demands.
I had a great experience at PDS and would do it again. The school has great academics across all departments, although historically the history and arts departments have stood out. That said, the science department has advanced impressive amounts in the past few years. PDS has some extraordinary teachers, ones with significant success in their respective fields. There are, however, just like any school, those teachers who are simply okay.
The sports teams have seen a high degree of success in the past few years, as well as increasing amounts of recruits.
The school culture and community are also generally good, although school spirit seems to be somewhat down this year. The administration could also stand to be a little more involved, as sometimes it seems interactions with students are at arm's length.
Overall, this is a great school with some areas that can be improved, and I expect the school to become only more nationally well-known and ranked as the school expands and improves.