First Presbyterian Academy’s Downtown campus is nestled in the heart of Greenville’s popular downtown area on the site of historic First Presbyterian Church. The Preschool was founded by the church in 1952. This fledgling school started with an enrollment of twelve, and it has grown to a vibrant community of over 175 children. The school serves families within and around the church itself. The educational offerings include K2, K3, and K4, and the school offers Kindergarten(K5) and a transition class (K6) to support learners who need the gift of time. The school is housed in the church (Symmes Wilson Building and the Red Brick Building). Students attend weekly worship times in Harper Chapel.
Known by our families as The Forest, the name The Academy at Shannon Forest is obvious upon arrival. Traditional brick buildings on 15-acres make up a campus that is designed to create a specialized environment for the specific ages of our students. The Lower School is housed on the east side of Garlington Road and includes our Preschool K3, K4, and K5 - 5th Grade classrooms, a Multi-Purpose Room/Cafeteria, a beautiful Sanctuary, and Gymnasium. A unique garden between the Lower and Preschool buildings creates a peaceful place for students to read, sketch during Art classes and learn about nature. The Upper School (6th - 12th Grade) is on the west side of Garlington and includes the Main Offices, Middle School Classrooms, High School Classrooms, Gymnasium, Stage, Cafeteria and C.A.R.E Center. Baseball, Soccer and practice fields are also a part of this campus.