Presbyterian Day School | Building Boys, Making Men Character Education
We wrote the book on
character education.

Flight Plan books give boys a clear vision for manhood in the 21st century and help them apply that vision to everything from peer pressure to puberty, and from schoolwork to future ambitions.

How do we define being a man?

A real man glorifies God by seeking an adventuresome life of purpose and passion as he protects and serves others.

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Building Boys, Making Men:
Our Character Education Program

At PDS, we believe that boys should be intentionally taught about authentic manhood and have a biblical framework for making wise and edifying choices during their teenage years and beyond.

That’s why we have spent over twenty years developing Building Boys, Making Men — a character education program that teaches every boy at PDS what it really means to be a man.

 

The Definition of Manhood We Teach Boys:
The Definition of Manhood We Teach Boys:

A real man glorifies God by seeking an adventuresome life of purpose and passion as he protects and serves others.

A real man glorifies God by seeking an adventuresome life of purpose and passion as he protects and serves others.

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Building Boys, Makning Men

PDS wants to partner with you as you raise your son into this kind of man. And because we know boys learn best in small groups through big conversations and hands-on projects, every 5th and 6th grader has a male mentor and meets regularly with a mentor group.


 

The Seven Virtues of Manhood

Leave no man behind. Godly men are willing to stick with their friends through thick and thin.

Develop a God-sized vision. True heroes are not always successful in the way the world defines success.

I am third. A servant leader recognizes that his relationship with Christ is first and his relationship with others is second.

Set the example. A Pacesetter makes a difference. Stands up for others. Treats others with respect.

Give up control. Faithful Followers live in God's story, following Christ, studying the Bible.

Called to duty. Real men have a code of principles that they are going to live by, no matter what.

Don't sit around. Bold Adventurers follow where God leads and are obedient to His plans.

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Leave no man behind. Godly men are willing to stick with their friends through thick and thin.

Develop a God-sized vision. True heroes are not always successful in the way the world defines success.

I am third. A servant leader recognizes that his relationship with Christ is first and his relationship with others is second.

Set the example. A Pacesetter makes a difference. Stands up for others. Treats others with respect.

Don't sit around. Bold Adventurers follow where God leads and are obedient to His plans.

Called to duty. Real men have a code of principles that they are going to live by, no matter what.

Give up control. Faithful Followers live in God's story, following Christ, studying the Bible.

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The Faithful Follower

Is Loved by God

● Gives up control of his life to Christ
● Lives his life faithfully in response to the gospel
● Saved by grace
● Leads a joyful life
● Lives with God’s promises in mind
● Is completely committed
● Studies God’s Word

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The journey from boy to man is a big adventure—and an important one. That’s why PDS published The 7 Virtues of Manhood and Flight Plan. These two books are designed to show our 5th- and 6th-grade boys what it means to be a godly man and how to live that out in the choices they make today and throughout their teenage years.

The Seven Virtues of Manhood
Flight Plan
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What Is Building Boys, Making Men

Building Boys, Making Men is a program that gives boys a compelling vision for godly manhood—helping them understand the gospel deeply, live it faithfully, and share it boldy. We teach every PDS boy what it means to be a godly man—beginning when boys enter PDS as two-year-olds and becoming more intensive as boys approach their teens and prepare to graduate from PDS. Here’s what looks like in practice:

  • Chapel two times each week
  • Teaching on the 7 virtues of manhood for all grades, focusing on one virtue each month
  • Mentor groups for 5th-grade boys (that meet twice a month) and 6th-grade boys (that meet weekly), led by men from the PDS community — coaches, teachers, and staff
  • The 7 Virtues of Manhood, a book that walks our 5th-grade students through the virtues and helps them apply the virtues to their own lives
  • Flight Plan, a book that gives our 6th-grade students a vision for authentic manhood and prepares them to make wise choices as they enter their teens
    • Flight Plan is also supplemented by exclusive online resources at flightplan.org
  • Monthly two-hour seminars to walk 5th and 6th grade students through manhood and life issues
  • A buddy program, through which 4th to 6th grade boys are paired with Pre-K to Sr-K boys, spending time with them, loving on them, and learning to serve others
  • A father-son trip for 6th-grade boys and their dads
  • A father-son retreat for 6th-grade boys and their dads—this is the culmination of the BBMM program, a final send-off before boys graduate from PDS and move into their teens and on toward their next school.

At PDS, we know that parents play a unique and essential role in shaping their sons’ character. We want to partner with parents, but never replace them. Here are some key resources and events we provide for parents:

  • Friday Chapels
  • Leader Guides for Flight Plan and 7 Virtues with discussion questions and activity ideas
  • Flight Plan website for a dad or mom to go through with their son
  • Small group content for dads
  • Training for how to utilize these resources
  • The father-son trip and father-son retreat for 6th-grade boys
  • PDS’s Strategic Parenting blog, where PDS staff, teachers, and others in the PDS community share relevant life and faith issues to support parents

 

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