The Preschool grades are characterized by small classes, taught by experienced, degreed teachers, utilizing the very best curriculum available.  All First Presbyterian Academy teachers and staff are dedicated, Christian professionals who love children and seek to provide a clear model of a biblical, grace-centered Christian life and worldview to our students.

Student/Teacher Ratio
K2 and K3:  14/2
K4:  18/2

While every aspect of the school is based upon a Biblical worldview, as an evangelical school, First Presbyterian Academy is open to all qualified students regardless of their, or their parents', religious background or training.

NAIS and SAIS Accreditation and Governance

First Presbyterian Academy will be seeking accreditation from both the National Association of Independent Schools and the Southern Association of Independent Schools. As a ministry of First Presbyterian Church, the Academy is governed by a committee appointed by the session.

Instructional Opportunities

Teachers at the Academy provide a framework for structuring learning that is flexible enough to enable them to respond to children's developing interests. Children learn through play and exploration with emphasis on hands-on direct interactive experiences.  The students in the four-year old program are introduced to phonics and reading through SRA's Open Court curriculum.  The 3s and 4s also use the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum.

To support the parents who need a longer day at school, the following options are available:

Additional Information on K4 All Day Program

In an attempt to best serve the children and families in our K4 program, the Academy offers a full-day K4.  Details concerning the program are as follows:

Rigorous Academics

  • Bible, Reading, Phonics, Writing, Handwriting, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies

Related Arts and Academic Enrichment

  • Art, Music and P.E., Centers, and STEM Lab

Christian Worldview

Christian Worldview is an overarching view of the world based on God’s revealed truth, the Bible, which directs our life in the world. The Christian Worldview is the framework through which the academic program is taught, and it permeates all levels of the school and all coursework at the school.

Campus Facility

The Preschool is part of First Presbyterian Academy and classes are located on the ground floor of the Symmes-Wilson Building and the ground floor of the McCoy Education Building. There is a plan for a new facility that will include the Preschool, Elementary, and Middle School. The new school will be located in downtown Greenville on the First Presbyterian Church campus.