A History of FPDS
Over 50 Years of Excellence in Christian Education
FPDS serves approximately 650 students in grades K3 through sixth with a mission that began in 1965 and continues today. Believing that children are our heritage of the Lord, FPDS strives to plant seeds of Christlikeness in the hearts of children; pursue excellence in academics; and prepare students for future service in God’s kingdom in their homes, churches, and professions.
Since its doors first opened, FPDS has been located on North State Street in the Belhaven neighborhood near downtown Jackson within First Presbyterian Church. Over the years, numerous classrooms have been renovated, including the art room, library and a new state-of-the-art science lab. The “kindergarten house” was torn down in the early 1990s to create room for a safe and fun playground and pavilion. The gymnasium was renovated in 2000, providing updated space for students to play intramural basketball, participate in pep rallies, and attend physical education classes each day. Also during the tenure of Gary Herring, the school has reduced teacher to student ratios, instituted curriculum changes, developed strategic plans, and introduced modern technology at every grade level.
FPDS students have developed friendships and celebrated childhood with numerous school traditions, dating back to the first years of the school. Each year at Field Day, students and their parents take off a morning and participate in traditional field day events, such as games, relays, and concessions. Each student in grades kindergarten through fifth grade takes part in a play once a year, and Grandparents’ Day is a festive occasion held every other year for fourth and fifth grades. Class holiday parties and field trips are also exciting times in the life of the school. The school’s only fundraiser, Holiday Potpourri, held annually since 1974, is led by the families of FPDS in conjunction with Crusader Club, the parent/ teacher organization of the school.
FPDS is held in high-standing in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools.