Curriculum Guide

Boys need
Something better.

At PDS, we know that boys are more than just brains and brawn. They are as comfortable building a website and climbing a rock wall as they are fostering deep friendships and serving others. Combining serious scholarship and deep faith, the PDS curriculum engages the mind, body, and soul for a well-rounded, boy-friendly experience for students two-years-old through sixth grade.

After nearly 70 years of educating young men, PDS knows what works. We hire only the best teachers (most have advanced degrees) and equip them for success in their fields of study.

The PDS mission is to glorify God by developing boys in wisdom and stature and favor with God and man. We define our education broadly as what happens to the heart, soul, mind, and body of each boy.

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Presbyterian Day School seeks to know, understand, appreciate, and celebrate each boy and the unique talents God has given him. Whether playing the violin, writing poetry, or kicking the soccer ball, we want every boy to discover and develop passions and to experience success. PDS offers balanced programs not only to meet the diverse talents and interests of our boys, but because we also seek to develop the whole boy — heart, soul, mind, and body.

Our academic program builds each year to provide students with a comprehensive, challenging, and boy-centered education. With emphasis placed on the development of strong critical and creative thinking skills, our boys will be effective communicators, collaborators, and problem-solvers.

Across all subject areas, PDS boys are asked to participate in thinking routines and make their thinking visible by using oral and written language to describe their own thoughts and the thoughts of others. Boys work together to research, evaluate, analyze, and synthesize their ideas.

PDS students will know how to think and how to apply knowledge — vital skills that they can use now and in the future.

The PDS learning environment is designed to be a safe space for boys to take risks and try new things. We are intentional about creating learning experiences which push students to wrestle with questions, manage ambiguity, and adapt to change. With recognition that a student’s path of learning will reflect a cycle of successes and stumbling blocks, our boys are encouraged to bounce back from frustrating experiences and take advantage of these setbacks as opportunities to deepen understanding. In these challenging moments, our students display resilience and demonstrate their learning in flexible ways.

This guide is designed to provide a general understanding of Presbyterian Day School’s school-wide curriculum. Because the PDS curriculum is ever-changing, this guide does not articulate every skill, topic, concept, or experience but instead serves to illustrate skills that are considered essential for success in each grade.

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We intentionally educate and nurture the heart, soul, mind, and body of each boy.

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We know, nurture, and love each boy as a unique child of God.

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We teach the Bible and model the Christian faith to our boys.

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We aren't just teachers; we are life-long learners and students.

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We push students to engage as thinkers.

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In an increasingly connected world, our curriculum has a global perspective.

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Flexible teaching strategies seek to maximize learning for each boy.

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Our assessments aren't just a way to measure learning — we want our boys to demonstrate understanding.

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We seek to enroll boys from diverse backgrounds.

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We seek balance and excellence in all we do.

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We aren't just boy-friendly; we're boy-specific.

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Our program sets a foundation of learning that will help boys thrive beyond PDS.

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We take time to make sure our faculty and staff are growing spiritually.

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We hold high standards for ourselves, pushing ourselves to reflect, renew, and grow.

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Presbyterian Day School (PDS) is a private, Christian preschool and elementary school serving boys from 2-years-old through 6th grade for almost 75 years.

With our mission of striving to glorify God by developing boys in wisdom and stature and favor with God and man, we take a holistic approach to education, nurturing the heart, soul, mind, and body of each boy.

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Memphis, TN 38111


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