When a boy graduates from PDS, it is our goal that he has a clear definition of what it means to be a Christ-like man in the 21st century. The training and lessons a boy receives during his formative years at PDS will have an impact not only on his character but also on the choices he makes in middle school, high school, and beyond. As a school, we care deeply about our boys’ character and their choices long after they have left our hallways and classrooms.
Shaping our program are seven virtues of manhood — a synthesis of Christ’s wisdom and Biblical truth. Boys begin learning about these virtues and truths early in their PDS careers by attending chapel and Bible classes; weekly grade-level meetings and class devotions also reflect the virtues and allow teachers to purposefully connect student behavior in positive ways. As boys mature to fifth and sixth graders, they attend seminar classes, meet weekly in mentor groups, and retreat once a year with grade-level peers. Sixth-grade boys also participate in a special class designed specifically to answer the question, “What does it mean to be a godly man?” During this class, sixth-grade boys are able to discuss and digest tough topics that they will face in coming years.
Our prayer is that PDS boys will not just remember the Seven Virtues of Manhood, but draw upon and apply them both at PDS and beyond.
In the Lifetime Fitness Room, boys are challenged to continuously improve their physical condition by strapping on harnesses and helmets and scaling the rock wall. Each time a boy attempts to ascend the wall, he is cheered on by classmates eagerly awaiting their turn. This camaraderie is often what encourages a boy to reach a little higher or hang in there a little longer.
PDS coaches work to ensure that boys graduate with an overall lifetime fitness mindset. By teaching skills that transfer to physical activity outside of PE, the boys will enjoy an active and healthy lifestyle beyond the walls of PDS.
Stands by, Stands up. Godly men are willing to stick with their friends through thick and thin.
Uses Gifts for God’s Glory. True heroes are not always successful in the way the world defines success.
Takes Initiative for Others. A servant leader recognizes that his relationship with Christ is first and his relationship with others is second.
Sets the Example. A Pacesetter makes a difference. Stands up for others. Treats others with respect.
Is Loved by God. Faithful Followers live in God's story, following Christ, studying the Bible.
Lives Honorably. Real men have a code of principles that they are going to live by, no matter what.
Goes Courageously. Bold Adventurers follow where God leads and are obedient to His plans.
Presbyterian Day School (PDS) is a private, Christian preschool and elementary school serving 500 boys from 2-years-old through 6th grade.
With our mission of striving to glorify God by developing boys in wisdom and stature and favor with God and man, we take a holistic approach to education, nurturing the heart, soul, mind, and body of each boy.