At First Presbyterian Academy we are continually striving to equip and challenge our students spiritually to influence culture and society for Jesus Christ. The foundation and framework of The Academy are rooted in a Christian worldview that permeates all that we do from Preschool to High School. As a common thread, the Bible and its message are at the core of every subject and foundational to all that we do as a school. Because the Christian worldview is our foundation, we believe that everything we do as a school must be distinctly Christian and excellence. All members of our faculty and staff are expected to be growing in their faith as each embraces the idea that teaching is also discipleship. We require all of our faculty to teach their discipline at an exceptionally high level and live out their faith in a transparent way on and off-campus.
Our 6th - 12th Grade students divide into small Discover Groups that meet approximately twice a month. Discover groups are places…
- Of real, authentic, meaningful relationships
- To know one another and be known
- Where it is safe to be yourself
- Where truth is spoken
- Where accountability happens
- Where we learn the story of the Bible as one coherent story
Stories are shared…
- That connect as a whole
- That are Christ-centered
- That are authentic and real
- About redemption and salvation
Students in Preschool - 12th Grade participates in weekly Chapel services where they have the privilege of coming together in vibrant worship with dynamic music and compelling speakers. Chapel messages are designed to be relevant and age-appropriate. Students in K3, K4, K5, K6, and 1st - 5th Grade also attend chapel on a weekly basis. Middle and High School students attend chapel twice a month (Alternating with Discover Groups.) The entire student body, on the Shannon Forest campus, meet for special chapels at different points during the year.
At First Presbyterian Academy, we long to nurture a desire within our students to serve others whether it be in their own community or around the world in the name of Jesus. We believe that in order to empower our students to impact the world for Jesus Christ, it is necessary to first instill in them knowledge in regard to service, and then place students in positions to serve others. Therefore, we ask students and their families to take part in numerous outreach opportunities throughout the school year. Mission efforts have included: Water of Life, Operation Christmas Child, and Sole Hope; we also provide local opportunities like ministering to a local Assisted Living facilities and more.
Students in 6th Grade spend the year in a unique program called Bridges. The program is an inter-generational experience where students “adopt” an elder partner from a local assisted living facility, visit them regularly, get to know them and, then, write about their experiences as well as those of their elder partners. The project culminates in the development and production of a book that is given as a gift to each elder partner.
All students in 7th - 12th Grade participate in two Impact Service Days per year where they blanket the community serving at numerous organizations.