Non-refundable Annual Registration Fee
First Presbyterian Members – $60
Active Military – $60
Non-Members – $70
Monthly Tuition Rates for 2013-2014
Montessori School Fees
- 3 Day Classes (Three year olds) – $210
- 5 Day Classes (Threes-Kindergarten) – $325
- Montessori Extended Day Kindergarten (1:00-3:00 p.m.) – $150
Traditional School Fees
- 2 Day Classes (Infant and Ones) – $150
- 3 Day Classes (Twos and Threes) – $180
- 5 Day Classes (Twos, Threes, and Pre-K) – $245
Other Fees: One-time Supply Fee $25.00 (ages 1+)
The Day School is a ministry of First Presbyterian Church. Its purpose is to nurture our children in the Christian faith. Our goal is to provide a Christian atmosphere in which each child will grow spiritually, physically, socially, emotionally, and intellectually.
This program is designed to give each child the age appropriate experience he or she needs in a Christian environment surrounded with love, to develop satisfying relationships, increase awareness and knowledge about the world, to grow in self understanding, and to use his or her developing powers to communicate and think.
Our traditional classes will also be using Zoo-phonics, a phonetically based comprehensive curriculum. Activities are individualized to each age group.
Students from both the traditional and Montessori classes will attend a music class, Chapel, and Library each week. Three and four year olds will also attend Spanish class weekly. We will have special days each year including days for moms, dads, and other family members.
Montessori classrooms provide a prepared environment where children are free to respond to their natural curiosity and desire to learn and grow. Through hands-on Montessori materials children gain a deeper, more comprehensive understanding of language, math, history, geography, all sciences, the arts and more. Montessori children not only learn the answers, they learn how they got there and its relationship to everything else. Montessori children learn by doing, and become good at doing things.
Each child receives individualized instruction allowing them to go as far and as fast as they can in each subject area. Children master each exercise through repetition as they move forward. Each child is no longer subjected to the one size fits all approach of traditional group based teaching.
Often a child’s natural curiosity leads them to want to explore a lesson beyond its initial design. In our Montessori classrooms that child is actually encouraged to expand their studies in any direction they feel led. Our entire community, with its natural resources: businesses, museums, symphonies, etc., becomes an extension of the classroom.
For more information about Montessori click here.
Things to look for in a Montessori Program: Montessori schools come in all shapes and sizes, from the small, in-home class for a few children to schools with hundreds of students with infants to, in some instances, high school. While schools vary in size and scope, successful Montessori classrooms and schools will have three key components that create an authentic Montessori educational experience:
- Adults professionally trained in Montessori philosophy, methods and materials for the group they are teaching
- Prepared environments based on three-year age groups
- Children’s free choice of activity within
Children from 8 weeks to 5 years of age as of September 1 may register for Day School. Registration opens first to currently enrolled children and their siblings, then church members. Any spaces still available will be open to other children in the community.
All classes are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with options for early drop-off and after school care.
The program runs from mid-August through mid-May, and follows the schedule of the Muscogee County School District for breaks and planning days.
Robyn Moore, Director
rmoore [at] columbusfpc [dot] org