The Lower School Experience

Come on in, but don't leave your sense of humor at the door. You're going to need it. A class of third graders is enjoying the perennial favorite, How to Eat Fried Worms, and the belly laughs inspired by the characters' antics can be heard down the hall.

Utilizing captivating (and fun!) literature in the lower school fosters a love of reading students will carry with them for a lifetime. Novel studies provide a springboard for higher-level thinking: "Would you eat the worm? What deeper motives might be causing Billy to eat it?" And while the students are not actually encouraged to eat worms (just in case you were growing concerned), they are challenged to envision new ways to serve them up!

After all, learning in the lower school is all about broadening perspectives and developing minds. It's about studying specific skills, while also mastering foundational strategies. And, above all, it's about developing a love of learning...for life.

Curriculum and Programs

Academics: Students receive standards-based instruction in Bible, math, language arts (reading, grammar, writing), science, and social studies.
Biblical Integration: Students participate in weekly chapels and daily Bible instruction, and every subject is taught through the lens of biblical truth.
Exploratories: Students participate in a different exploratory class each day: Spanish, art, music, drama, critical thinking skills, physical education, or technology.
Media Services: The Myrick Media Center serves the lower school with print material and technology to support the Accelerated Reader program. Maker Space activities are available to challenge and inspire creative thinking.
Advanced Classes: Advanced language arts and math are offered to eligible fourth and fifth graders.
Enrichment Program: The ENCORE enrichment program is offered to qualifying students in grades second through fourth. This program is an additional fee.
Directed Studies: The Directed Studies program at MPCS supports non-traditional learners in developing clear and confident understanding of their God-given gifts. Read more about this program by clicking here.
Speech - Language Services: Mount Paran Christian School is pleased to provide an on-site certified and licensed, Speech-Language Pathologist to offer the opportunity 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 are set up on an annual school-year basis with services generally offered from August through May. MPCS works to provide weekly speech services, but there are not specific make-up sessions for field trips, holidays or illness.


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  • Arts

    Curricular art and music classes are taken by all lower school students, who also participate in musical and theatrical performances. Orchestra, band, and chorus provide additional options for fifth graders.
  • Athletics

    In addition to daily recess and twice-a-week physical education for all lower-schoolers, fifth graders may also participate in no-cut sports.
  • Technology Integration

    Technology is integrated across the curriculum through mobile wireless laptop labs, computer labs, LCD projectors, the use of iPads for both the student and teacher, and classroom ActivBoards.

Lower School Highlights

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  • Community Service

    The annual MPCS Community Service Day allows lower school students to put servant-leadership into practice.
  • Clubs and Extracurriculars

    Lower school special activities include Grandparents' Day, Art Night, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Chess Club, private dance and instrumental music instruction, and a youth musical for students.
  • High School Role Models

    MPCS lower school students have the unique opportunity to interact with the upper grades at MPCS through school activities, service days, and athletic events.

Our Teachers

Certification: Every teacher, including exploratory teachers, is a degreed, Georgia-certified teacher. All kindergarten through second grade teachers are trained in the Orton-Gillingham reading approach. More than 50% of the lower school faculty is gifted-certified.

Covenant Relationship: Every teacher is dedicated to the Christian faith and committed to integrating faith into all aspects of school life.

Student-to-Teacher Ratio: Class size is limited to allow teachers to meet the individual needs of each child.

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