Cleveland, Mississippi

Academic Program & Curriculum

The Academic Program

Presbyterian Day School provides learning opportunities for three, four, and five year-old preschool students through a learning centered approach. Emphasis is placed on providing experiences that foster development appropriate to the child's maturational level. Our purpose is to develop the whole child as he is introduced to his place in God's world. The three and four-year-old curriculum introduce numbers, letters, and writing skills. The five-year-old curriculum introduces our Pearson Reading Street Language Arts curriculum used in 5K through sixth grade. The 5K language arts pro-gram teaches phonemic awareness skills, reading and writing skills. In addition, our five-year-old kindergarten program also introduces our math curriculum which is used through sixth grade.

Our first and second grade curriculum focuses on language arts with emphasis on instruction in word recognition skills, phonemic awareness, oral and silent reading, comprehension, spelling, grammar, manuscript, cursive penmanship, and creative writing. Also included in the curriculum is a strong emphasis in mathematics as we introduce number concepts, operations and critical thinking skills. Science and social studies are also included in our first and second grade curriculum.

Curriculum in third through sixth grade provides a strong language arts program which provides emphasis in comprehension and reading skills, grammar, vocabulary, creative writing, spelling, and handwriting. Our mathematics program challenges students to reason and think critically. A social studies and science curriculum, with an emphasis in problem-solving techniques, completes our third through sixth grade curriculum. Bible is taught in three-year-old kindergarten through sixth grade. There is no denominational emphasis in our Bible curriculum. All students learn a weekly Bible verse.


Students in first through sixth grade utilize the Accelerated Reading and Accelerated Math pro-grams. First through sixth grade students also attend and participate in our STEM Lab twice a week. Students in 3K-sixth grade benefit weekly from a specialist in the areas of physical education, music, library, and art. Enrichment opportunities in 4K through sixth grade also include introduction to computer skills and foreign language. All classes take part in field trips, and resource speakers are used to enhance the classroom curriculum. SOAR, a reading/vocabulary enrichment program, is offered to students in 5K through sixth grade at an additional cost.

The school's academic excellence is exemplified by its students' outstanding performance in scholastic and creative competitions, achievements in community and civic programs, and by achievement test scores that are consistently above the national average.

At Presbyterian Day School, the curriculum is the medium through which the child is oriented to a life in Christ and to the culture of his world. We seek to provide an education in a wholesome Christian environment in which the child can learn and grow in a school that genuinely offers academic excellence. It is our purpose at all times to meet and to exceed, whenever possible, all the academic standards set by the state. In addition, the elementary child is guided to develop intellectual processes, physical skills, study skills, communication skills, mathematical and scientific skills, good work habits, and aesthetic appreciation.


Presbyterian Day School has been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI) since 1980. PDS is also fully accredited, and in good standing, with a rating of Class AA by the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS).

The school’s academic excellence is exemplified by its students’ outstanding performance in scholastic and creative competitions, achievements in community and civic programs, and by achievement test scores that are consistently above the national average.


(Three, Four, and Five year- old Kindergarten)
A child's training and education in the early years of his life are as important as any he will ever receive. Our preschool program recognizes that three, four, and five year olds need time to develop and grow into maturity. We strive to provide experiences that contribute to development at this early age. The child learns to expand his world as he becomes a part of a group. There are ample opportunities for learning through play, sharing, resting, and hands-on activities. Our program is center-based and follows prescribed guidelines. We seek to help the child at this early age learn to live in such a way as to glorify his Maker and Creator, to develop a sense of self-esteem, and to be confident that he is loved. Preschool students are an integral part of our PDS family .


  • Bible *
  • Science
  • Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies & Citizenship
  • Language Arts*
  • Computer
  • Health & Physical Ed.
  • Foreign Language
  • Library Skills
  • Music
  • Art
  • Science/Math Lab
  • Soar*

*Biblical instruction is given daily and chapel services are attended weekly.
*Language Arts include: reading, phonics, English, speaking, spelling, writing, and penmanship.
*SOAR, a reading/vocabulary enrichment program is offered to students in 5K - 6th grade at an additional cost.