First Presbyterian Academy’s K5 - 5th Grade program prepares students for the rigors of Middle School while celebrating the differences of all God’s children. The average week of an Elementary student will include challenging, hands on classroom time, instruction in Spanish, STEM, Art, Physical Education, Music, Library, Chapel and daily Bible lessons. Classroom management is approached from a biblical worldview with the example of Christ and the teachings of scripture as our foundation. Further opportunities are available for students who qualify for the Gifted Program.

Hours of Operation:

  • Early Stay available at 7:15 a.m.
  • Students may begin entering classrooms at 7:50 a.m.
  • School Day:
  • Full Day 8:10 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Late Stay available from 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • All School Early Dismissal - 11:45 a.m.

Gifted Program

First Presbyterian Academy offers a program to meet the challenging needs of high ability learners. Qualifying students may be admitted to the program at the beginning of each semester.

Entrance Criteria

Single Factor Qualifier

A student with an ability index at or greater than 96% on Otis-Lennon, Wechsler Intelligence Scale (WISC IV), InView, PTCS or other nationally recognized ability tests gains automatic entrance into the program.   InView (3rd and 5th Grades) and PTCS (1st Grade) are administered in school as a part of the Terra Nova Testing in the spring each year.  Scores will be taken from current year tests and tests that are no more than one-year-old.

Multiple Factor Qualifiers

A student meeting two of the following three dimensions gains entrance into the program.

  1. Reasoning:  ability index at or greater than 93% on Otis-Lennon, Wechsler Intelligence Scale (WISC IV), InView, PTCS or other nationally recognized tests. Scores will be taken from current year tests and tests that are no more than one-year-old.
  2. Achievement:  achievement at or greater than 94% in Total Reading and/or Total Math on the Terra Nova achievement tests or other nationally recognized achievement tests such as IOWA or CAT.  Scores will be taken from current year tests and tests that are no more than one-year-old.
  3. Performance: successful classroom performance with a 96% overall Grade Point Average (GPA) on all graded subjects.  GPA for students entering in the fall will be taken from the final grades of the prior year.  GPA for students entering in the second semester will be taken from the average of the first semester grades of the current school year.

Any student who qualifies with Dimension A and B with a classroom performance of 2.75 or less will be admitted for a probationary period of 9 weeks. If the GPA does not improve to a 3.0 after nine weeks, the student may be dismissed from the program.

Any student qualifying for the program using Dimension C (successful classroom performance) who drops below a 3.0 GPA at the end of a nine weeks will be placed on probation. The student may be dismissed from the program if GPA does not increase to a 3.0 at the end of the next 9 weeks and 3.25 the following nine weeks.

A student holding a D grade in a core subject will not be admitted to or retained in the program.

For more information, contact Julie Sellars.

STEM

Science, Technology, Engineering & Math

STEM learning invites collaboration and creativity among our Kindergarten - 5th Grade students.  STEM students develop social skills, learn cooperation, enjoy project - based learning, apply knowledge to real-life situations and use technology to engineer solutions to actual global problems, such as building bridges or supplying water.

Students use materials such as:

  • iPads
  • 3D Printers
  • Computer Coding
  • Dash and Dot Robots
  • Spheros Robots
  • Ollie Robots
  • Ozobots
  • littleBits: Electronic Building Blocks
  • LegoMindstorms
  • Makey Makey
  • Legos
  • K’Nex
  • Magnetic 3D Shapes
  • Marvel Marbles

By working through problems collaboratively, students understand the variables involved in the problem and are able to see the viewpoints of others.  Students will work through the design thinking process during each STEM experience.