Handbook

About the School

One hundred and ten years after the building of First Presbyterian Church in downtown Austin, a survey was taken to establish the future mission areas to be considered by its congregation.

As a result of the survey, the congregation felt compelled to move to a new location, provide church services for independent senior citizens, assist with legal aid in East Austin, and, begin a school for preschool-aged children.

In September, 1962, the First Presbyterian Day School (FPDS) opened on Jackson Avenue and met with an enthusiastic reception from the community.

After the move to Mesa Drive in April 1978, and as a result of a needs survey among parents in the area, the present congregation decided to carry on the tradition of providing a daily program in a Christian setting for the preschool children of Austin. The school opened at this location in September 1979 with 50 students and a staff of three. Over the years, we have grown and are now located at 8001 in the Northwest Hills neighborhood of Austin.

Mission Statement

The mission of the First Presbyterian Day School is to give children, parents and staff the opportunity to experience the transforming love of Jesus Christ by a developmentally appropriate early childhood program.

We believe that, by being immersed in a nurturing environment with dedicated, caring and interested adults, children will develop needed skills and attitudes. Our aim is to provide a program which will help young children grow spiritually, emotionally, physically, socially, and intellectually.

Philosophy

Our focus is on what the child can do. We are more interested in the process and the thinking involved than in the end product or the recitation of facts or labels. We believe learning is best accomplished by doing and that children of nursery school age require this method of learning.

 

The FPDS program helps children develop habits of observation, questioning, listening, and expressing feelings in constructive ways. A child learns there is freedom to make choices and, that within the limits of consideration for people and things, conformity is not always necessary. We believe that an open-ended program like ours prepares a child to use intellectual and creative abilities in future learning tasks. See more