Welcome to First Presbyterian Day School’s Middle School!
Life in the FPD middle school is exciting and active! We see our 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. FPD’s middle school provides a seamless transition from elementary to high school. Caring faculty work with each student to boost his or her confidence and continue to prepare him or her for the academic demands of high school and college. The academic courses and extra-curricular opportunities allow for the unique interests and needs of students as we partner with parents seeking God’s best for their sons and daughters.
Welcome to FPD!
Molly M. Pearson
Middle School Principal
National Blue Ribbon School
FPD’s Middle School was named a National Blue Ribbon School for exemplary high performance in 2012 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 Elementary School also received the recognition in 2003 and 2015.
Students & Faculty
FPD’s 2016-17 middle school enrollment is 225. The average class size is 16. Sixth-grade classes are clustered together in the middle school building to facilitate a smooth transition from the elementary school. Core 7th and 8th grade classes share a hall with easy access to the high school, as many middle school students take high school courses. The school has a vigorously collaborative professional development community. All faculty participate in regular professional learning and common planning to support exemplary instruction and a high level of student performance. FPD faculty members average 17 years of experience and 70% have advanced degrees, including 6 with doctorates.
All FPD middle school students receive a convertible tablet PC with an extensive suite of productivity and educational software. Almost all textbooks are e-texts and the learning management system allows teachers to deliver content and students to submit assignments electronically. Students maintain their notes and assignments in digital notebook portfolios that teachers can access for monitoring student learning and providing feedback. Learn more about FPD’s 1-to-1 Technology Program.
Service & Spiritual Development
FPD partners with over 100 agencies in Middle Georgia, allowing students to have face-to-face time with underserved and distressed populations. Service learning is also integrated into the curriculum. At the annual Middle School Service Day, the whole school is engaged in service across the region for a day. Middle school students also have the opportunity to grow in their walk with Christ through daily Bible courses and weekly chapel services.
The FPD high school program provides strong college preparation with most students beginning college-level studies through AP courses. The middle school curriculum is designed to prepare students well for these rigorous studies.
A major emphasis of our English program is developing strong written and spoken communication skills. For example, all students participate annually in a juried speech competition.
Students undergo a comprehensive evaluation for mathematics placement in 7th grade. Almost all students complete Algebra I in 7th or 8th grade, preparing them for advanced mathematics and science courses in high school. The FPD math teams consistently finish high in regional competitions, including MATHCOUNTS.
The science curriculum is laboratory based and makes use of a dedicated middle school lab, instructional gardens, and an outdoor science center with trails and a variety of forest and wetland ecosystems. Students have the opportunity to develop research projects and compete in regional and state science fairs.
Social studies instill an understanding of our place and responsibility in society and an understanding of God’s work in the world, both historically and in present experience.
The Bible curriculum focuses on understanding and living in our culture from a Christian worldview while students also study the life of Christ.
Students study foreign languages throughout the middle school grades, beginning with Intro to French and Spanish in 6th grade.
Health and physical education allow students to learn to develop physically and make decisions that promote a high quality of life in service to God.
A varied “exploratory” fine arts program with vibrant visual and performing arts allows students to explore a wide variety of interests on a high level both in and outside of the classroom.
Athletic Teams: Baseball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Competition Cheerleading, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Shooting Sports, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track, Volleyball, Wrestling
Clubs and Activities: Academic Bowl, Book Club, Junior Beta, Math Team, National Geographic GeoBee Challenge, Science Fair, Middle School Speech, Robotics, Middle School Spelling, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Environmental Club, Chess, Student Council
Fine Arts: Theatre, Chorus, Dance, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Band Auxiliaries, Marching Band