Award Year: 2015

First Presbyterian Day School - Elementary School

5671 Calvin Drive
Macon, GA, 31210-8099

(478) 477-6505

Mrs. Wade Putnal, Principal at time of Nomination

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"Equipping students to change the world for God's glory" by developing competent learners who are habitually healthy, self-aware, engaged and persuasive, and committed to others.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 7%
  • White: 89%
  • Hispanic: 2%
  • Asian: 2%
Peaking curiousity and triggering investigation in the science lab.

Peaking curiousity and triggering investigation in the science lab.

The First Presbyterian Day School Elementary School (FPD) provides a Christ-centered, child-focused education that directs children toward service to their community and world. FPD develops students' individual gifts and interests, and forms a foundation for college-preparation. The elementary school serves students from 3 years old to 5th grade from 13 counties in Central Georgia in technology-rich facilities. Since being named a 2003 National Blue Ribbon School, the school has maintained the high academic performance of the student body and has seen a significant increase in student socioeconomic and ethnic diversity.

At FPD, education is more than instilling knowledge and skill, but focused on implications and responsibilities. Whether children are learning reading, mathematics, investigating in the science lab or gardens, discussing problems of hunger and homelessness, or following current international events, they are applying the curriculum immediately while developing others-centered attitudes. These principles form the foundation students will use as they progress to FPDís Middle School, High School, and beyond.

The faculty and staff at FPD understand that children are created in the image of God; each child is seen as having immeasurable worth and potential. FPD provides a safe, family-oriented environment where teachers celebrate and nurture each student's individual gifts and talents. More than 60% of the students participate in band, chorus, and/or theatrical productions, while all explore music, art, Spanish, and computer during the school day. After school, many students learn about a wide array of topics through the schoolís beyond-the-classroom learning program called The Center for Discovery.