We see our preschool and elementary students as uniquely gifted individuals, created in the image of God. The FPD program is designed to develop life-long learners who can engage and positively impact our world while being challenged by the Gospel, sensitive to the needs of others, and developing healthy habits of mind and body.
We want our students to not only achieve good grades, but also develop a passion for learning. Therefore, our focus is not simply achieving a high test score, but gaining an appreciation for academics and eagerness to learn.
Just like pieces of a puzzle, when students see connections between topics, they see the full picture. FPD’s teachers and co-curricular leaders tie their lessons together in units founded in a biblical world-and-life view. The curriculum is designed to develop strong conceptual understanding in addition to facts and procedures.
Read about the FPD Kindergarten’s Sailor Day
LEARNING THROUGH PLAY
Playing can be educational! Experiential learning establishes the foundation students will later need when working on team projects, patiently finishing a test, or finding a solution through creative thinking.
PREPARATION FOR THE NEXT STEP
Our teachers have options for advanced learners and beginners, so students can be challenged and assisted appropriately. Our goals challenge and inspire children to be higher level thinkers and life-long learners in preparation for college.
NURTURING A SERVANT’S HEART
Christ-centered education fosters a servant’s heart. This servant’s heart is the foundation for their development as godly leaders.
IPAD & TABLET TECHNOLOGY
FPD employs state-of-the-art educational technology at all levels. Beginning in the FPD 3K program, students use iPads with educational apps and interactive games. Teachers have SmartBoards in their classrooms to enhance instruction.
FPD’s 1-to-1 tablet program begins in fifth grade. Convertible tablet PCs become students’ essential tools for exploration, discussion, and creation. Teachers and students connect and learn using shared digital notebooks and collaborative software. The digital notebooks allow teachers to continually monitor student progress and assist students in developing note-taking and study skills.
For more on FPD’s 1-to-1 Technology Program, click here.
Elementary students have plenty of time to stay active and engage in various activities outside the classroom. Various co-curricular activities include: Chapel, Science Lab, Educational Gardens, Spanish, Computer, Art, Music, Theatre (3rd-5th), Chorus and Band (5th), Library, and Physical Education (1st – 5th).
BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
FPD’s Elementary School was named a National Blue Ribbon School for exemplary high performance in 2003 and 2015 by the US Department of Education. The National Blue Ribbon Schools program selects high-performing schools that can document the practices leading to their results and showcases their programs for other schools to emulate. FPD’s Middle School also won the award in 2012.
Lower School Principal, First Presbyterian Day School
Read “How to be a Park of God Winks” by Mrs. Putnal