Letter From the Head

Since our founding in 1914, PCS has been providing an academic education especially designed for talented young people pursuing goals in the performing arts, entertainment,  competitive sports, and various other areas of interest, recently including technology and entrepreneurial endeavors. PCS provides all of the necessary academic tools to ensure success in leading colleges, universities and conservatories, as well as throughout life, while enabling students to pursue their individual goals outside of school.

Our academic program insures that our students can focus on both school and their outside interests by incorporating flexible academic schedules, Guided Study while away from school, and an understanding environment of accommodation and advance planning on the part of the faculty.

PCS is committed to integrating technology throughout the curriculum to prepare students to live and learn in our increasingly technology based world.  This offers an enhanced classroom centered experience while insuring our students’ ability to pursue professional and pre-professional endeavors that may remove them from the physical classroom.

I encourage you to learn more about Professional Children’s School. Our Director of Admissions, Lori Gigliotti Murphy, and her staff are available to assist you and answer any questions that you might have as you consider becoming part of the PCS family.


Dr. James Dawson, Head of School

Dr. James Dawson has served as Head of School since 1995.  He received his Ph.D. in Behavior and his B.S. in Biology at the State University of New York at Albany. Dr. Dawson is the past president and remains on the Board of Trustees of the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS).  He is a past trustee of The Brearley School and The Spence School.  Prior to his appointment at PCS, Dr. Dawson served as Head of Upper School at The Spence School  from 1988-1995.