What's PG Mean?
In a school setting
PG stands for post-grad. The reason for staying the extra year beyond high school is different for every student. Some know early on in their pre-college career that this is a choice they want to make, while others are not pleased with their college options and prefer to spend the extra year strengthening their profile for colleges. The extra time can help develop both academic and social skills as well as athletic ability. With increasingly rigorous graduation requirements, a fifth year of high school gives students an additional opportunity to succeed. As Pam Safford, admissions director at Northfield Mount Hermon, told the New York Times, ‘’I’m hearing lots more parents say this is where they want to invest their money, particularly if they’ve seen their older kids go off to college not quite mature enough to thrive.’’
While it is not guaranteed that a student’s college options will change after the PG year, the student will have a new maturity to bring with them in the years beyond secondary school. At independent schools, the PG program usually consists of between 20 to 30 students who are for the most part treated as members of the senior class but already have their diploma. There are usually required courses for the post-grad students.