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.
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.
Enrichment Program (see below for details): 12:00-2:00 p.m
Afternoon "Playground Pals" 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.
Preschool Music and Movement
Highly Qualified Teaching Faculty: All of our teachers are certified, with the majority having a B.A. or M.A. in Early Childhood or Elementary Education
Our teaching turn-over is extremely low with most teachers staying several years.