Providence Country Day School to freeze tuition for 2022-23 school year

PROVIDENCE COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL will freeze its tuition for the 2022-23 academic year for both the East Providence private secondary school and the Henry Barnard School in Providence. / COURTESY PROVIDENCE COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL

EAST PROVIDENCE – Providence Country Day School announced earlier this month that the college preparatory school will freeze its tuition for the 2022-23 academic year, keeping the rates the same as the current academic year.

PCD’s tuition for grades 9-12 is currently $25,000 for domestic students and $29,000 for international students. Tuition for domestic students in grades 5-8 is $22,000 while it currently costs $26,000 for international students in those same grades.

Tuition at Henry Barnard School on the Rhode Island College campus in Providence – which became PCD’s elementary school – will also keep its tuition the same for next year. Henry Barnard this year charged $17,000 for full-time pre-kindergarten; $13,000 for part-time pre-kindergarten for children aged 3; $16,000 for kindergarten; and $15,000 for grades 1-5. The move by PCD follows its decision in 2020 to reduce its tuition by 35% as part of its “Quest” initiative to make its experience more personalized and less expensive.

PCD Head of School Kevin Folan said in a statement that many other schools announced increased tuition rates for next year by 3% to 5%. The school’s board of trustees, he said, strongly felt that a tuition structure outpacing inflation and household wages is not sustainable and “is not in line with our values as an institution.

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“That is why we reset tuition, and that is why we will freeze tuition for next year,” Folan said.

James Bessette is the PBN special projects editor, and also covers the nonprofit and education sectors. You may reach him at Bessette@PBN.com. You may also follow him on Twitter at @James_Bessette.

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