First Presbyterian Day School

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First Presbyterian Day School
Fpdschoollogo.png
Address
5671 Calvin Drive
Macon, (Bibb County), Georgia 31210
United States
Information
School type Independent college preparatory
Religious affiliation(s) Christian
Established 1970
Founder First Presbyterian Church of Macon
Headmaster Gregg Thompson
Faculty 73
Years offered PK to 12
Gender Coeducational
Enrollment 970
International students Yes
Classes offered College prep, honors, Advanced Placement
Campuses 1
Campus size 200+ acres
Color(s) Red, black, and white
Athletics GHSA Class A
Mascot The Viking
Team name Vikings & Lady Vikings
Publication The Edda (literary magazine)
Newspaper The SAGA
Yearbook Reflections
Website

First Presbyterian Day School (FPD) is an independent college-preparatory Christian school in Macon, Georgia, United States. FPD was founded in 1970 by Macon's First Presbyterian Church and has been described as a segregation academy.[1] The school enrolls about 920 students from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade.[2]

History[edit]

First Presbyterian Day School was founded in 1970. The First Presbyterian church founded the school the same year that a judge ordered Bibb County public schools to desegregate. The campus was located in a mostly white suburban area, some distance away from the church's headquarters in a black neighborhood downtown. These factors have lead some historians to conclude that the school was a segregation academy established to allow white parents to avoid sending their children to racially integrated public schools.[1]

Athletics[edit]

Since the fall of 2010, FPD has competed in the Georgia High School Association. 2010 was its last year in the Georgia Independent School Association.[3] Since entering the GHSA, the Vikings have finished in the top 10 in the Region's Bank Director's Cup for the past six consecutive years. The school's highest finish was second place during the 2015-2016 school year.[4]

The Vikings and Lady Vikings compete in baseball, basketball, cheering, cross-country, dance, football, golf, lacrosse, marksmanship, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball, wrestling, and gymnastics.[5]

Since joining the GHSA in 2010, FPD has won numerous region and area championships as well as two state championships in girls' soccer [6] and state championships in softball[7] and clay target shooting.[8]

Academics[edit]

The elementary school was named a national Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education in 2003, and the middle school was named a national Blue Ribbon School in 2012. The elementary school was again awarded the Blue Ribbon in 2015.[9] [10]

FPD offers 16 honors courses and 22 Advanced Placement courses.[11][better source needed] The school offers diploma endorsements in both Fine Arts and STEM.[12]

At the beginning of the 2016-2017 academic year, FPD added a duel credit and dual enrollment option to its college-preparatory program.[13]

Each student at FPD has access to a personal computer at school and is able to take it home. FPD's campus is fully wireless to help facilitate this commitment to technology in the classroom. [14]

There is a community service component to the curriculum at FPD. Each student must earn at least 30 hours of community service each year and participate in an extended service project before graduation. The focus of the service requirement is distressed populations.[15]

Accreditations[edit]

FPD is a member of the Georgia High School Association[16] and of the College Board.[citation needed] It is accredited by both AdvancED and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is certified by the Council for Educational Standards and Accountability (CESA).[17]

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Manis, Andrew Michael (2004). Macon Black and White: An Unutterable Separation in the American Century. Mercer University Press. p. 312. ISBN 9780865549586. 
  2. ^ "School Detail for First Presbyterian Day School". nces.ed.gov. 
  3. ^ Jonathan Heeter (May 30, 2010). Going out on top: FPD closes its GISA era with a state baseball championship. The Telegraph (Middle Georgia). Accessed March 2014.
  4. ^ "Georgia Athletic Director's Association". Georgia Athletic Director's Association. Retrieved 2016-09-13. 
  5. ^ "First Presbyterian Day School Profile | Macon, Georgia (GA)". www.privateschoolreview.com. Retrieved 2016-09-13. 
  6. ^ "State Championships". fpdvikings.com. Retrieved September 13, 2016. [self-published source]
  7. ^ http://wgxa.tv/sports/high-school/fpd-wins-2016-ghsa-private-a-softball-championship.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ http://www.gisaschools.org/sports/clay-target-sports/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ National Blue Ribbon Schools Program: Schools Recognized 1982 Through 2013. U.S. Department of Education. Accessed March 2014.
  10. ^ "FPD becomes only private school in Georgia to win 2015 National Blue Ribbon for High Performance Award". 41NBC News | WMGT-DT. 2015-09-30. Retrieved 2016-09-13. 
  11. ^ "First Presbyterian Day School Profile | Macon, Georgia (GA)". www.privateschoolreview.com. Retrieved 2016-09-13. 
  12. ^ "FPD Adds STEM And Fine Arts Diploma Endorsements". fpdmacon.org. August 5, 2016. Retrieved September 13, 2016. [self-published source]
  13. ^ "FPD Adds Dual Credit And Dual Enrollment To College Level Studies At FPD". fpdmacon.org. September 9, 2016. Retrieved September 13, 2016. [self-published source]
  14. ^ "At First Presbyterian Day School, even youngsters learning computer programming". Retrieved 2016-09-13. 
  15. ^ "Curriculum Guide" (PDF). fpdmacon.org. Retrieved September 13, 2016. [self-published source]
  16. ^ "Member Schools | GHSA.net". www.ghsa.net. Retrieved 2016-09-13. 
  17. ^ "AdvancED - Institution Summary". www.advanc-ed.org. Retrieved 2016-09-13. 
  18. ^ "First Presbyterian Day School - GA - Outcomes & Test Scores - Niche". K-12 School Rankings and Reviews at Niche.com. Retrieved 2016-09-13. 
  19. ^ "Call this school Rockerville: Battle of the Decade: Braves vs. Yankees, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, October 26, 1999. Accessed March 2014.

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Coordinates: 32°52′21″N 83°45′00″W / 32.872397°N 83.749920°W / 32.872397; -83.749920