Student
Handbook

The Comprehensive Testing Program (CTP) developed by the Educational Records Bureau is administered each year to boys in grades two through six. The CTP is the most widely used test among independent schools in the country, and its results afford us the most accurate measurement of both the aptitude and achievement levels of our boys.
PDS requires that each student acquire the skills and strategies listed in the Subject Area Competencies section of the PDS report card in order to be promoted to the next grade.
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Awards Day

Several awards are given out at the conclusion of each year.
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Academic Support

At PDS, we believe that every boy can learn, and we strive to teach in ways that maximize learning for each boy.
Parents or guardians have a key role to play in assuring that their boys are completing their homework, preparing for tests (as applicable), and doing other work necessary to a boy’s academic growth and development. Parents should provide the appropriate structure and support and assure that a boy is completing these school obligations.
Many elementary students suffer a relapse in reading and math skills during the summer months. Therefore, PDS asks families to make reading and review of math skills a priority by weaving these important endeavors into their summer schedule of activities.
On Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, teachers generally remain in their rooms for 30 minutes after the school day ends to work with students whom the teacher determines need extra help. Such extra help sessions are at the invitation of the teacher only.

Academic and behavioral performance are reported to parents in the following manner:

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Field Trips

PDS schedules a number of field trips throughout the year designed to enrich traditional classroom instruction by exposing our boys to creative and practical applications of curricular concepts in the field.
Parents must be kept up-to-date even beyond the report cards issued each trimester. Open and regular communication will not only avoid negative surprises but will also encourage parents to join us in our efforts with their boys.
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Honor Rolls

Trimester Honor Roll

Each trimester boys in grades 5 and 6 will receive recognition on Honor Roll if they achieve 90’s or better in each of the 5 core subject areas (Reading, English, Math, Science, Social Studies) and 2 or

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Homeroom Teachers

Each student will be carefully assigned to a homeroom through a thoughtful process supervised by the Head of Early Childhood, Principal of the Elementary Division, and the Head of Elementary.
Presbyterian Day School
We know boys.

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.

4025 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN 38111

901-842-4600

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