PDS requires that each student acquire the skills and strategies listed in the Subject Area Competencies section of the PDS report card in order to be promoted to the next grade. In grades 1-4, a yearly average of “1” in any area indicates that the student is not making adequate progress toward that competency. After looking at the complete profile of a boy as a learner, the school will make the decision regarding promotion or retention for those boys who achieve yearly averages of “1” on a subject area competency.
In grades 5-6, a failing grade in any core subject (a yearly average of 64 or below in language arts, math, science or social studies) will result in a students’ retention in his current grade or in separation from the school.
Because of the rigorous academic standards maintained by the school, a student that is experiencing much difficulty may not be regarded as failing, but may, in the opinion of the school, be unable to do the work in the next grade. Under these circumstances, the school reserves the right to determine the appropriate grade placement of the student.
Boys who miss 25 or more days of school will not be promoted to the next grade.
On Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, teachers generally remain in their rooms for 30 minutes after the school day ends to work with students whom the teacher determines need extra help. Such extra help sessions are at the invitation of the teacher only and designed for the student who is struggling academically. A teacher may require attendance. Such extra help sessions will generally be in small groups rather than one-on-one. The school does not charge for extra help sessions.
There are some of these days, however, when a teacher is performing an after-school duty or activity and, as such, is not in his or her room for the extra help session. A boy and parent should confirm with the teacher that he/she will be holding the extra help session on the given day and that the boy has been invited or required to attend.
Parents seeking additional tutoring beyond the standard extra help sessions should contact Lindsey Robinson, Director of Academic Support, who will place students for individual tutoring and enrichment services for an appropriate fee.
Effective communication and partnership between the home and school is an essential ingredient in helping each boy reach his potential. Parents must be kept up-to-date even beyond the report cards issued each trimester. Open and regular communication will not only avoid negative surprises but will also encourage parents to join us in our efforts with their boys. The school encourages both/all parents (as applicable) to attend these conferences.
Parent/Teacher Conferences are held twice a year and are one method of communication with parents. Fall Conference Day, October 4, will be a student holiday. Winter Conference Day, January 31, will also be a student holiday. For students enrolled in AfterCare, a full day of care will be provided for those who pre-register. More information about AfterCare on conference days will be announced prior to each conference day.
Many elementary students suffer a relapse in reading and math skills during the summer months. Therefore, PDS asks families to make reading and review of math skills a priority by weaving these important endeavors into their summer schedule of activities. Prior to the end of the school year, rising 1st through 6th graders receive information about the requirements for both reading and math. Each boy must return his summer reading portfolio and math assignments on the first day of school in August.
View the current Summer Work Assignments (if currently available).
PDS schedules a number of field trips throughout the year designed to enrich traditional classroom instruction by exposing our boys to creative and practical applications of curricular concepts in the field. Typically, this experiential learning for our boys takes place off campus and includes a combination of faculty and parent chaperones.
Parents should be notified of the complete arrangements at least two weeks in advance. If the boys are traveling in cars, the Head of Early Childhood or the Principal of the Elementary Division must have a list of each driver and the names of those boys in his/her car before leaving school.
According to state law, until a boy is nine years old (unless he is already 4' 9" or taller), he must ride in a booster seat when being transported in any vehicle. Please consult the following website for any further questions: http://www.tdot.state.tn.us