Our regular class time is 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Tuesday – Friday) and 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Monday), with carpool beginning at 8:50 a.m. All classes (including Kindergarten) dismiss at noon on the first Monday of each month, allowing the staff time for meetings and professional development. The church offers an enrichment program, The School of Fine Arts (SFA), from 1:00–2:10 Tuesdays through Fridays. In addition, SFA has an optional aftercare program until 3:00 p.m.
A link to the school calendar is on the website, as well as on each Circle Time weekly newsletter.
If you are picking up your child early, or arriving late, please let the main office know. This information will be passed onto the teachers. If running late, your child will be brought to the office if you arrive at school beyond the end of carpool.
To schedule a tour, please call the office at 404.228.7722 or complete this form.
Upcoming tour dates: 2019: October 29, November 6, November 21, December 4, December 17; 2020: January 10, January 22, February 7, February 20
The teachers communicate through the Kaymbu app. They send a weekly blog to keep parents up to date on what’s going on in the class, including pictures and upcoming events. They also send a “digest” which includes pictures of your child engaged in their daily routines and activities. In addition, the school sends a Circle Time newsletter each week that details overall school news.
Our classes engage in The Project Approach philosophy, allowing children to go in depth with their learning through investigations based on their interests. The Project Approach incorporates all areas of the curriculum in an engaging way. We also implement the Project Approach through a Scope and Sequence which systematically introduces concepts needed to ensure the children are prepared for the next level of their education and social interactions.
All our teachers have a Bachelor’s degree as a minimum requirement, and many have Master’s degrees. We also require 20-25 hours of professional development each year to advance their skills and remain current with best practices.
At First Presbyterian Preschool we practice Positive Discipline. Our teachers and staff are continuously training in the methodology. Positive Discipline focuses on solutions, allowing for the healthy development of self-esteem and the belief that each child is capable. Encouraging independence and providing opportunities to feel a sense of belonging and significance, while developing responsibility, are key concepts to the philosophy.
We are very fortunate to be in close proximity to the Woodruff Arts Center, MODA and the Atlanta Public Library so that we can participate in walking field trips. Our students often attend activities at the High Museum, the Alliance Theatre and MODA. Pre-kindergarten students visit the public library every 2 weeks. In addition, in-house field trips are provided for enrichment in all curriculum areas.
Some classrooms share snacks and parents are assigned 2 or 3 times a year to send in snack for the entire class for a week. The children bring their own lunches from home.
Yes, First Presbyterian Preschool is fully accredited by AdvancEd (formerly the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools).
We welcome parents to volunteer as much as possible in classes as well as school wide opportunities. Many parents come in as mystery chefs or mystery readers. We understand that not everyone has a flexible schedule, so there are no requirements for in class involvement. We have several adult socials that allows most parents to participate and get to know each other.
Each school year begins with a Curriculum Night prior to the start of school. During this event parents are introduced to our entire staff first, then meet with the teachers in their child’s classroom to get to know the teachers and the daily routine of the class. We also offer parent conferences twice each year, in the fall and the spring or as requested.
It is our goal to keep each child with a food allergy safe and to honor identified food restrictions to the best of our ability. In order to best meet the children’s special dietary needs, it is essential that the center staff and parents work closely together. Parents should discuss it with the Director and the child’s teachers upon enrollment. FPP is a nut free facility and all shared snacks are required to be sent in original packaging so ingredients can be monitored.