In January 2012, we issued our first student visa to Nicholas Shao from China, who made school history by becoming the first international student to graduate from First Presbyterian Day School with the Class of 2013. Since then, FPD continues to seek ways to broaden the international experience while teaching from a Christian world view.
High School International Residential Program
We are currently serving a group of 15 international students from China, Japan and Vietnam. Our students are hosted by families connected to our school or live in our Jones Family International Residence adjacent to campus. We believe a home environment allows our international students to have an authentic American experience.
The International Residence is hosted by a loving faculty couple, John and Mary Evelyn Howard.
John is a native of Georgia and Mary Evelyn of Mississippi. They have been married for 35 years and have three adult children. John holds a bachelor’s degree in History & Religion from Samford University, a Master of Divinity degree from New Orleans Theological Seminary, and a masters in History from Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi. Mary Evelyn holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Mississippi. They have been blessed with 35 years of ministry together including student ministry, missions, both national and international, pastoral, and Christian education.
Our international students will be taught by a faculty who consists of not only highly-trained, motivated educators, but also those gifted in the areas of compassion and love.
For more information, please contact Christen McCommon, International Program Director.
American English Institute at FPD
American English Institute (AEI) is a year or half-year English language program on the campus of First Presbyterian Day School. It is designed specifically for Chinese students who need more preparation before studying in the USA. AEI offers practice in reading, writing, speaking and listening with native speakers in an American school.
Host Family Information
Host families are needed to house students as part of FPD’s High School International Residential Program. FPD’s International Program staff takes great care to connect potential host families with international students who share similar interests and preferences. Being a host family is a great way to learn about the culture of the student while opening your home to a child navigating high school far from their native country. If you would like to consider being a host family, please contact Tracey Elliott.
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