FPD's lower school begins the foundation for academic success and strong faith. Teachers see each student with outstanding God-given potential, and partner with parents to help their students reach that potential. Students receive the attention they need to achieve their goals and the confidence they need to explore new opportunities. At the same time, they learn to put others above self and to serve with joy.
Grow with Godly Mentorship
FPD students enjoy small class sizes in which they are seen and known godly teachers who encourage creative problem solving, discovery, and engagement. Each child is a unique individual with outstanding potential and exceptional talents.
Creative Hands-On Exploration
FPD teachers incorporate creative classroom engagement opportunities in all lessons. We know it’s important for students to explore outside and experience hands-on discovery.
Establish Critical Thinking Skills
The FPD college-preparatory foundation begins in our lowest grades through the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills. Students learn to apply their skills and knowledge solve new problems, work together as teams, and find creative solutions.
Lower School Co-Curriculars
FPD students enjoy a variety off activities outside the classroom. FPD’s teachers and co-curricular leaders tie lessons together in units so students experience their studies from a variety of methods. The curriculum is designed to develop a strong conceptual understanding.
In addition to classroom studies, students engage in the following co-curriculars:
- Science Lab & Nature Trails
- Computer & Robotics
- Library & Media Studies
- Physical Education (1st – 5th)
- Spanish (1st – 5th)
- Chorus and Band (5th)
FPD’s elementary art program begins in 3K. Students explore a range of media, learn about famous artists, and create a wonderful art portfolio.
In FPD Lower School Music, children actively participate in making music! We sing, play instruments, and move in ensemble experiences.
Science & Outdoor Exploration
FPD lower school students enjoy a fully-equipped science lab in addition to a range of outdoor nature study opportunities. FPD’s large, 240-acre campus provides ample room for students to explore the outdoors – to touch, see, and hear what they learn in the classroom.
In addition to daily biblical worldview integration, FPD lower school students enjoy a weekly time of worship at our elementary chapels.
Viking Clubhouse & Viking Crew
The Viking Clubhouse provides after-school care until 6:00 p.m. for students in 3K – 2nd grade. Viking Crew is the afterschool hangout for students in 3rd – 5th grade. Students have time for homework as well as fellowship with friends. The Viking Clubhouse also provides care for 3K – kindergarten during the summer.
Center for Discovery Programs
FPD’s Center for Discovery offers a variety of after-school camps and classes for students to explore youth sports leagues, art opportunities, and academic enrichment after school. Parents can select from a variety of programs hosted on FPD’s campus and led by godly mentors.