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Two Presbyterian Day School alumni from our 2010 finished the school year at the top of Memphis University School’s 2016 graduating class.

Patton Orr ’10 finished as valedictorian and Saatvik Mohan ’10 finished as the salutatorian.

Congratulations to both young men!

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Have you heard?

Presbyterian Day School is expanding the Young Knights (PK2) Program!

You can now register for multiple full-day and half-day options!

Boys who are 2 years old by June 1 are eligible for this program.

Published in Homepage News

This question is frequently on the minds of many families seeking independent schools for their children. However, many times it is not verbalized and families presume they do not qualify. The answer to this question may surprise you.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

PDS Named Apple Distinguished School

Presbyterian Day School (PDS) is pleased to announce that it has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2014–2016.

Headmaster Steve Hancock will announce the honor at a special school assembly on Friday, January 21, 2015. Apple representative Jennifer Saunier will be on hand to make the official presentation.

Published in News
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

At PDS, Boys Love Reading

According to a number of studies and surveys, there is a gender gap between boys and girls when it comes to reading.

One such study, involving 75 nations and 1.5 million students, analyzed 10 years of data from the Program for International Student Assessment. Across the board, the study found, girls outperformed boys in reading.

Boys, the researchers say, generally lack interest in reading and they lag behind girls from the early grades through high school.

But somehow the boys at PDS have not gotten the “boys-don’t-read” message.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

A Customized Approach to Math

Adapting to the Learner + Adjusting the Curriculum

A changing world creates design opportunities for the smart and flexible school like PDS. “Historically, learning is one size fits all, yet classrooms have very diverse learners. Some students master concepts and skills relatively quickly and are rarely challenged, while other students need extra direct instruction and practice time on various skills and concepts,” says PDS Headmaster Lee Burns. “Smart schools are designing learning environments that adapt or adjust the curriculum on a daily basis to the needs of each learner rather than the learner being expected to plow through a set curriculum at a set pace.”

Published in Homepage News

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Building Boys, Making Men:
Our Character Education Program

At PDS, we believe that boys should be intentionally taught about authentic manhood and have a biblical framework for making wise and edifying choices during their teenage years and beyond.

That’s why we have spent over twenty years developing Building Boys, Making Men — a character education program that teaches every boy at PDS what it really means to be a man.

 

The Definition of Manhood We Teach Boys:
The Definition of Manhood We Teach Boys:

A real man glorifies God by seeking an adventuresome life of purpose and passion as he protects and serves others.

A real man glorifies God by seeking an adventuresome life of purpose and passion as he protects and serves others.

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Building Boys, Makning Men

PDS wants to partner with you as you raise your son into this kind of man. And because we know boys learn best in small groups through big conversations and hands-on projects, every 5th and 6th grader has a male mentor and meets regularly with a mentor group.


 

The Seven Virtues of Manhood

Leave no man behind. Godly men are willing to stick with their friends through thick and thin.

Develop a God-sized vision. True heroes are not always successful in the way the world defines success.

I am third. A servant leader recognizes that his relationship with Christ is first and his relationship with others is second.

Set the example. A Pacesetter makes a difference. Stands up for others. Treats others with respect.

Give up control. Faithful Followers live in God's story, following Christ, studying the Bible.

Called to duty. Real men have a code of principles that they are going to live by, no matter what.

Don't sit around. Bold Adventurers follow where God leads and are obedient to His plans.

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Leave no man behind. Godly men are willing to stick with their friends through thick and thin.

Develop a God-sized vision. True heroes are not always successful in the way the world defines success.

I am third. A servant leader recognizes that his relationship with Christ is first and his relationship with others is second.

Set the example. A Pacesetter makes a difference. Stands up for others. Treats others with respect.

Don't sit around. Bold Adventurers follow where God leads and are obedient to His plans.

Called to duty. Real men have a code of principles that they are going to live by, no matter what.

Give up control. Faithful Followers live in God's story, following Christ, studying the Bible.

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VIRTUE OF THE MONTH
The True Friend

Stands Up, Stands By

● Displays compassion and kindness
● Encourages his classmates
● Shares what he has
● Honors his promises
● Looks at the heart of others
● Serves and helps those around him
● Tells the truth
● Shares his emotions
● Loves all of his neighbors
● Stands by and stands up for his classmates

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The journey from boy to man is a big adventure—and an important one. That’s why PDS published The 7 Virtues of Manhood and Flight Plan. These two books are designed to show our 5th- and 6th-grade boys what it means to be a godly man and how to live that out in the choices they make today and throughout their teenage years.

The Seven Virtues of Manhood
Flight Plan
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What Is Building Boys, Making Men

Building Boys, Making Men is a program that gives boys a compelling vision for godly manhood—helping them understand the gospel deeply, live it faithfully, and share it boldy. We teach every PDS boy what it means to be a godly man—beginning when boys enter PDS as two-year-olds and becoming more intensive as boys approach their teens and prepare to graduate from PDS. Here’s what looks like in practice:

  • Chapel two times each week
  • Teaching on the 7 virtues of manhood for all grades, focusing on one virtue each month
  • Mentor groups for 5th-grade boys (that meet twice a month) and 6th-grade boys (that meet weekly), led by men from the PDS community — coaches, teachers, and staff
  • The 7 Virtues of Manhood, a book that walks our 5th-grade students through the virtues and helps them apply the virtues to their own lives
  • Flight Plan, a book that gives our 6th-grade students a vision for authentic manhood and prepares them to make wise choices as they enter their teens
    • Flight Plan is also supplemented by exclusive online resources at flightplan.org
  • Monthly two-hour seminars to walk 5th and 6th grade students through manhood and life issues
  • A buddy program, through which 4th to 6th grade boys are paired with Pre-K to Sr-K boys, spending time with them, loving on them, and learning to serve others
  • A father-son trip for 6th-grade boys and their dads
  • A father-son retreat for 6th-grade boys and their dads—this is the culmination of the BBMM program, a final send-off before boys graduate from PDS and move into their teens and on toward their next school.

At PDS, we know that parents play a unique and essential role in shaping their sons’ character. We want to partner with parents, but never replace them. Here are some key resources and events we provide for parents:

  • Friday Chapels
  • Leader Guides for Flight Plan and 7 Virtues with discussion questions and activity ideas
  • Flight Plan website for a dad or mom to go through with their son
  • Small group content for dads
  • Training for how to utilize these resources
  • The father-son trip and father-son retreat for 6th-grade boys
  • PDS’s Strategic Parenting blog, where PDS staff, teachers, and others in the PDS community share relevant life and faith issues to support parents

 

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customized-boy-mathMost schools aren’t designed with boys in mind. They reward the ability to be quiet, sit still, pay attention for long periods of time and regurgitate information, most of which drives boys crazy. 

God didn’t design boys to do any of that very well.

Boys need something different—and better—from their schools. They need permission to be boys, with all of the energy, exuberance, games, and motion contained therein.

They need schools where they can wiggle and move, manipulate objects, have information presented visually, and form teams and play games.

They need a school that recognizes that each boy has a distinct learning style.

They need an education customized for boys.

See for yourself how Presbyterian Day School, recognized as one of America's most innovative schools, is building boys and making men.

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Saturday's edition of The Commercial Appeal includes an article on our customized approach to math.

Student Learning Thrives in High-Tech Classroom CA-article-photoPhoto by Jim WebberEarly afternoon math class at Presbyterian Day School looks unusually like a think tank.

Wifi work stations are scattered around a large room. Boys of all ages are working individually or in groups. Some are sprawled across vinyl-upholstered cubes, others are lounging in black rubber "bungee chairs." At one station, Philip Wunderlich, 12, is Skyping with a virtual tutor so familiar, he calls him Uncle Mark.

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