Character Education:
Building Boys, Making Men

Curriculum - Character Education
Sixth-grade boys meet in mentor groups every week, learning to understand the Seven Virtues of Manhood.

Guiding the Journey to Manhood

When a boy graduates from PDS, it is our goal that he has a clear definition of what it means to be a Christ-like man in the 21st century. The training and lessons a boy receives during his formative years at PDS will have an impact not only on his character but also on the choices he makes in middle school, high school, and beyond. As a school, we care deeply about our boys’ character and their choices long after they have left our hallways and classrooms.

Shaping our program are seven virtues of manhood — a synthesis of Christ’s wisdom and Biblical truth. Boys begin learning about these virtues and truths early in their PDS careers by attending chapel and Bible classes; weekly grade-level meetings and class devotions also reflect the virtues and allow teachers to purposefully connect student behavior in positive ways. As boys mature to fifth and sixth graders, they attend seminar classes, meet weekly in mentor groups, and retreat once a year with grade-level peers. Sixth-grade boys also participate in a special class designed specifically to answer the question, “What does it mean to be a godly man?” During this class, sixth-grade boys are able to discuss and digest tough topics that they will face in coming years.

Our prayer is that PDS boys will not just remember the Seven Virtues of Manhood, but draw upon and apply them both at PDS and beyond.

In the Lifetime Fitness Room, boys are challenged to continuously improve their physical condition by strapping on harnesses and helmets and scaling the rock wall. Each time a boy attempts to ascend the wall, he is cheered on by classmates eagerly awaiting their turn. This camaraderie is often what encourages a boy to reach a little higher or hang in there a little longer.

PDS coaches work to ensure that boys graduate with an overall lifetime fitness mindset. By teaching skills that transfer to physical activity outside of PE, the boys will enjoy an active and healthy lifestyle beyond the walls of PDS.

Our Seven Virtues of Manhood provide the framework for the program.


Stands by, Stands up. Godly men are willing to stick with their friends through thick and thin.

Uses Gifts for God’s Glory. True heroes are not always successful in the way the world defines success.

Takes Initiative for Others. A servant leader recognizes that his relationship with Christ is first and his relationship with others is second.

Sets the Example. A Pacesetter makes a difference. Stands up for others. Treats others with respect.

Is Loved by God. Faithful Followers live in God's story, following Christ, studying the Bible.

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

Goes Courageously. Bold Adventurers follow where God leads and are obedient to His plans.

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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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