In the heart of Greenville is a legacy that First Presbyterian Church began more than 50 years ago, First Presbyterian Academy. The Academy began as a preschool (K2-K5), but has expanded within the past five years into an elementary school (1st-5th grades) and middle school (6th-8th grades). The hallmarks of the school include an exceptional Christ-centered educational program, biblical worldview of all subjects, small class sizes, academically rigorous curriculum, dedicated teachers, technologically rich classrooms, and diverse program opportunities. Proverbs 22:6 is at the heart of all the Academy does for the children that the Lord has given us care over.
Train up a child in the way he should go:
and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
The Academic Center opened during the 2013-2014 school year under the leadership of Monique Jensen and Margaret Williams.
The center provides:
• Evaluation of students to identify learning strengths and weaknesses.
• Individual educational planning.
• One-on-one and small group sessions.
• Academic enhancement for the advanced student.
• Academic enrichment for the beginning learner and the learner with identified weaknesses.
• Communication with parents and teachers.
• Interactive Metronome (IM) instruction.
• Processing and cognitive skills enhancement (PACE) instruction.
STEM education targets the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. The lab opened during the 2013-2014 school year with great anticipation and excitement. Classes visit the lab a minimum of once a week to explore each of the fields of study in a hands-on and active learning setting. Students are given a situation in story form in which they:
• Determine their goal based on the situation itself.
• Question to obtain any pertinent information.
• Generate possible solutions.
• Determine the best plan of action.
• Create a prototype that will meet the expectation of the goal.
• Test the prototype to see if it meets the criteria.
• Redesign and build if the first attempt isn’t successful.
The old adage “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again” is very true about working in the STEM Lab. As students evaluate their prototype, they are always considering what could make it perform at a higher level.
• “This is hard, but you learn a lot and have fun at the same time.”
• “My brain hurts! This is one place you have to think all the time.”
• “STEM Lab is the best day of the week!”
• “You are asked hard questions in STEM Lab, and you have to find the answer in the activities that you do.”
LEAP: “Learning Enrichment and Advanced Academic Programming”
LEAP is a program for those students who are identified as academically gifted in K5-5th grades. First Presbyterian Academy is the first school, private or public, in the state of South Carolina who identify and serve academically gifted students as early as ages 5 and 6. Identified students meet in multiage groups weekly to delve deeper into the core academic areas and beyond.
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