Memorial Presbyterian Day School is a local St. Augustine tradition, having served families in the St Augustine area for more than fifty years. Established in 1955, PDS is an outreach ministry of Memorial Presbyterian Church that represents a diverse faith community that has served St. Augustine children and families for three generations. Our St. Augustine preschool is located in the heart of historic, downtown St. Augustine on the Memorial Presbyterian Church campus, which was recently named by CNN as one of the "8 Religious Wonders to See in the U.S.". Children and teachers enjoy the beautiful facilities and historic setting of the school.
Our goal at Presbyterian Day School is to provide an atmosphere in which students not only learn academically, but also grow socially, emotionally, physically, and spiritually through receiving loving preparation to help them succeed in kindergarten and beyond. Recognizing that each child is an individual, our knowledgeable and experienced teaching staff fosters the intellectual curiosity, self-confidence, and faith of each child.
PDS excels in providing outstanding early childhood education. We are known for our love of children and our high standard of educational excellence. At Memorial Presbyterian Day School, we believe in giving children the opportunity to grow, explore, and learn at their own pace. We realize that each child is unique and we tailor our program to complement each child's individual needs. At PDS, we have high curriculum standards and flexible hours to further enrich your child's day. We have small classroom sizes with low student teacher ratios so that all children receive the attention they need.
Our classes are for two year olds, three year olds, four year olds, and five year olds; we participate in VPK and School Readiness. Our core schedule is from 9:00-12:00 two, three, or five days a week. We also offer before school care starting at 8, after school enrichment activities until 2:00, and extended day programming until 4:30, so you can tailor your child's day to the best fit for your family.
Our school is licensed by the State of Florida, license #C045J0037
We are endorsed as an Eco-Healthy Child Care program. This endorsement from the Children's Environmental Health Network verifies that we are committed to provide a healthy, safe, and green child care setting for the children and families that we serve.
School Hours and Options
We have flexible scheduling so you can mix and match options to go along with your child's core class in order to best meet the needs your family.
Morning "Sunshine Club" Before School Care: 8:00-9:00 a.m.
Core School Day (all students attend this): 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Lunch Bunch & STEAM Enrichment Program (see below for details): 12:00-2:00 p.m
Afternoon Extended Day: 2:00-4:30 p.m.
This program runs from 12:00-2:00. Children eat lunch after the regular noon dismissal and then have some outside time followed by an enrichment activity. Your child can attend enrichments 2 days, 3 days, or 5 days (it doesn't have to be every day, even if your child attends 5 days of school a week). Some children are picked up at 2:00 when enrichments are over, while others stay for Extended Day and are picked up by 4:30.
STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) developmentally appropriate curriculum and activities for preschool students: There is a short enriching STEAM activity each day in addition to the day's regular enrichment, and one day a week there will be a special longer STEAM activity (usually a fun interactive science experiment!)
Fitness Fun: The children love this PE class with lots of fun activities!
Preschool Music and Movement: This music class focuses on instruments and traditional songs.
Smiling Easel Preschool Art: You would be amazed at the art the children create after learning about and being inspired by different artists!
Little Scientists: Hands on interactive science fun!
Gardening: This year we are excited about exploring nature with our new gardening enrichment activity!
Highly Qualified Teaching Faculty: All of our teachers are certified, with the majority having a B.A. with classes in Early Childhood or Elementary Education.
Our teaching turn-over is extremely low with most teachers staying several years. We strive to provide a fun and inspiring workplace to keep our teachers with us!
WHAT MAKES US SPECIAL?
There are a lot of things that separate us from the pack! Here are a few things that our families have said about us that they particularly like.
- We are a family oriented school, NOT an institution.
- Our teachers are very qualified and stay with us a long time; all of us really want to get to know you and your children to help make your years at Memorial PDS the best they can be!
- Christian values are interwoven throughout our day, and we have regular Chapel Time.
- We have small classes with low student-teacher ratios, and we have two teachers in each room.
- We love and appreciate the outdoors! We believe it is so important for kids to be able to get outside, and we provide lots of opportunities for them to run, climb, ride bikes, play in a water table, dig in the sand, garden, and go on walks.
- We provide flexible scheduling with lots of fun extra activities such as music, art, and PE.
- Our facility is amazing! We are right in the heart of downtown and are located in an incredibly beautiful and historic church that was named one of the "8 Religious Wonders to See in the U.S."!
The most important thing that our families can tell about us is that we truly love children and all love our jobs!