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Learning in the lower school is about broadening perspectives and developing minds. It's about…

  • studying specific skills while also mastering foundational strategies critical to life-long learning.
  • molding a growth mindset through perseverance and a positive attitude.
  • creating an atmosphere of empathy that celebrates students as unique creations of God, developing and engaging every student’s capacity for knowledge.


Most importantly, it's about developing a love of learning... for life. The Portrait of a Lower School Student guides and directs student learning experiences.


Lower School STEAM Garden


Every teacher, including exploratory teachers, is a degreed, Georgia-certified educator. All kindergarten through second grade teachers are trained in the Orton-Gillingham reading approach. More than 50 percent of the lower school faculty is gifted-certified. Many hold advanced degrees in their field.



Small classes are what truly enable every student to be known and loved with personal attention and instruction. Class size is a limited low student-teacher ratio, which enables teachers the ability to meet the needs of each student.

Grades K-2 have an average 8:1 student-teacher ratio (varies by year).

Grades 3-5 have an average 14:1 student-teacher ratio (varies by year).

Paraprofessionals assist teachers in all grades. Every classroom preschool through second grade has full-time paraprofessionals working alongside teachers and students.

Lower school counselors support students during classroom guidance lessons, small groups, and individual sessions to foster and encourage developmental growth socially, emotionally, academically, and spiritually.



Every teacher is dedicated to the Christian faith and committed to integrating faith into all aspects of the school experience. Their desire is to truly KNOW each student, nurture their strengths, foster a growth mindset, and teach every student that they are part of God’s Divine plan.

Lower School Teachers


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Proven Curriculum

Students receive standards-based instruction in Bible, math, language arts (reading, grammar, writing), science (STEAM), and social studies. Curriculum exceeds state requirements and prepares students with the qualifications needed for entrance into the MPCS middle school.


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Biblical Integration

Students participate in weekly chapels, daily Bible instruction, and prayer. Every subject is taught through the lens of biblical truth.


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Students participate in a different exploratory class each day. Rotations include

  • Spanish
  • art
  • music
  • critical thinking
  • STEAM (science/technology)
  • physical education

P.E. and/or recess is offered every day of the week.


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Technology Integration

Technology is integrated across the curriculum during daily instruction through the use of mobile computer labs, iPads, and classroom interactive whiteboards. Programs and websites such as, Project Lead the Way®, and other various instructional apps enable the use of technology throughout the school day.


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Media Center

The Myrick Media Center serves the lower school with print material and technology. Additionally, students participate in the Accelerated Reader Program and engage in Makerspace activities to challenge and inspire their creative thinking. Students have full accessibility to check out books, so they may dive deeper into their learning and nourish their love for reading!


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Gifted Enrichment Program

The ENCORE enrichment program is designed to serve qualified gifted students in third through fifth grades. The program was created to challenge, stimulate, and stretch gifted and high-achieving students.

The curriculum and instruction of the ENCORE program engage students with a focus on problem-solving, logical thinking, learning at a deeper level, and feeding natural curiosity through in-depth discovery. This program is an additional fee.


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Advanced Classes

Advanced language arts and math are offered to eligible fourth and fifth graders. These grades also switch classrooms for most subjects.


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Speech - Language Services

MPCS is pleased to provide an on-site certified and licensed, Speech-Language Pathologist to serve the students with speech services on the Mount Paran Christian School campus. The mission of Speech Pathology at MPCS is for our students to grow academically and socially by increasing their overall communication skills. In the areas of articulation, language, voice, and fluency, we evaluate and provide appropriate services to meet the individual communication needs of our students. It is also our goal to provide convenient, lower cost, academically-coordinated speech support for our students.

Fees for the speech program are set up on an annual school-year basis, with services generally offered from August through May. MPCS provides weekly speech services, with exceptions for field trips, holidays, or illness.


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Directed Studies Program

MPCS was founded on the philosophy of working with different types of young learners to provide appropriate challenge and individual success. The Directed Studies program at MPCS supports non-traditional learners with mild learning differences including dyslexia. The Directed Studies program helps students develop a clear and confident understanding of their God-given gifts so they may pursue their passions and be successful throughout their journey of learning. Learn more about directed studies.


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Transitional K

MPCS offers a Transitional Kindergarten program available in kindergarten in unison with our Homeschool Hybrid program (depending on demand). This program provides an extra year of learning for young five-year-olds or children that may need additional time for developmental or academic growth. This small class creates the opportunity for developmentally appropriate instruction with a focus on phonics and social skills. These students then move into Kindergarten or first grade the following year with a solid foundation needed for their academic career.


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Lower School Students Dissection
Lower School Playground

Lower School Highlights

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Clubs and Extracurriculars

Lower school clubs and opportunities to get involved include

  • Lower School Musical
  • Morning Chorus
  • First® LEGO® League Jr. Academic Team
  • Kid Chess Club
  • Drop-in and Draw (a.m. art)
  • K-Kids Service Club
  • Lunch Bunch Book Club
  • Makerspace Club
  • Spanish Club
  • Homeless Pet Cub
  • Girl Scouts (Brownies)
  • Cub Scouts
  • Murray Arts Academy after-school dance and music lessons
  • Grandparents' Day
  • Visual @rt Night and music performances
  • MPC football family tailgates

Due to COVID-19, club signups have been postponed. We will announce the sign-ups for clubs in the Weekly Word in September.

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Arts and Athletics Opportunities

In fifth grade, students are offered orchestra, band, or chorus to enrich and expand their exploratory options. Fifth-grade students are eligible for no-cut sports on specific teams, which compete in the Metro 10 league. Fourth and fifth-grade students are eligible to audition for the annual lower school musical.


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Community Service

The annual Family Serve Day allows lower school students to put servant-leadership into practice. They also are able to serve in various ways throughout the year with grade-level projects, food drives, ministry collections, and #BeKind activities.


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High School Role Models

MPCS lower school students have the unique opportunity to interact with students in upper grades at MPCS through school activities, tutoring, classroom mentorships, and athletic events.


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Field Trips

Each grade plans curriculum-specific field trips both on and off campus. Though always fun and age-appropriate, field trips engage learners with authentic experiences related to what's studied in the classroom.

Classes have visited the Atlanta History Center, Tellus Science Museum, Camp Wasegha, Chattahoochee Nature Center, Etowah Indian Mounds, and many others!


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After-School Program

Our after-school program "Eagle Adventure Zone" for grades PK3-fifth is offered every day until 6:00 p.m. Active play and focused hands-on learning are always taking place in EAZ! There is an additional fee for this service. 

Learn more about our extracurricular programs.



MPCS Field Trip Camp Wahsega


"Previously, my child had struggled with math tests. Her teacher was quick to tell me that she felt my daughter knew the material. Together, we developed a strategy to assess my child. My heart was set at ease, and my daughter has a new confidence about herself with math. Her teacher could have left my daughter with forever anxiety about math tests, but she did not. Instead, she went out of her way to allow my child the opportunity to shine. Isn't that the true goal anyway? What a gem we have in our teachers."

-K. Surgala, Parent

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