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. FPD has hosted international students from China, Korea, Vietnam, Spain, and Italy.
FPD students have been accepted to colleges such as Princeton, MIT, Dartmouth, Brown, Emory, University of North Carolina, Georgia Institute of Technology and many other world-renowned universities.
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First Presbyterian Day School is located in the southern part of the United States, just a short drive from the city of Atlanta. The school has strong English and academic support for international students, an impressive 20 AP course offerings, extensive college counseling, and a wide selection of co-curricular opportunities including a robotics club, foreign language clubs, and fine arts offerings. FPD was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in recent years. We desire to impact the world by preparing our students for the nation’s finest universities. Graduates of FPD have attended colleges and universities such as MIT, Northwestern University, Georgia Tech, and the University of North Carolina.
International Program Staff
International Student Program Director
Christina Bowker has served as the ELL teacher at FPD since 2016. She graduated from Pensacola Christian College with a Bachelor of Arts in English Education. While teaching English in China for a summer, Christina’s love for international students grew. She decided to specialize in teaching English to speakers of other languages and received a Master of Arts in TESOL from Cornerstone University.
Director of International Relations
Andy Edgren graduated from the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in management, with an emphasis on marketing and international business. He lived in the city of Taiyuan, China in 1984-85, and again from 1989 to 1992, where he taught English at Shanxi University. Mr. Edgren and his father have worked with international students for over 25 years, and his heart’s desire is to help international families navigate a great education for their children.
International Residence Host Family
Matt and Jamie Buren serve as host parents for male international students residing in FPD’s Jones Family International Residence. Likewise, they support FPD’s international students through outreach and fellowship.
In addition to serving as a host parent, Matt Buren serves as a middle school Bible teacher. Mr. Buren holds a Masters of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and two bachelor’s degrees in business and theology.
International Homestay Program
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.
Students may also be connected with local families serving as host parents. We take great care in partnering each student with a wonderful, loving family who will serve as their host family during their stay.
“The school did a remarkable job matching us with the right student and the right student with us. It was a blessing to see her grow as part of our family. Now that she has graduated and in college, we still stay in contact. She sends us notes and we send her care packages. It has been a real joy.” – Charlie Parrish, FPD Host Parent