Memorial Presbyterian Day School has 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 exellence. 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 individual attention.
Our classes are for two year olds, three year olds, and four 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.
STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Music) developmentally appropriate curriculum and activities for preschool students
KinderFit Preschool Fitness Fun
Smiling Easel Preschool Art
Highly Qualified Teaching Staff: All of our teachers are certified with the majority having a B.A. in Early Childhood or Elementary Education
Average Teaching Tenure at PDS: 5 years
What makes us special?
- We provide a quality educational atmosphere and look at the whole child, meeting each child where he or she is and helping him or her to move to the next step.
- We individualize classroom instruction to the needs of the class.
- Our student teacher ratios are much lower than average which helps us know each child as an individual while keeping children safe.
- Christian values are interwoven throughout our day, and we have regular Chapel Time.
- Our teachers are highly educated and qualified; they also regularly take continuing education classes.
- We have regular outside time, playing in our outside classroom and also going for nature, shape, color, and word walks.
- We provide a family atmosphere--no institution here!
- We love your children!