Thank you for your interest in Presbyterian Day School.  We believe PDS is more than just a place to send your child to school; it is a place that nurtures both your child and your family.   

    We believe the environment of love and learning at PDS sets us apart. Our curriculum and activities build a strong academic and Christian foundation for each student. We are always looking for new ways to make learning fun, yet purposeful here at PDS.  The teachers are dedicated to meeting each child where he or she is and developing them to their full potential.  

   My desire, as the principal, is to work with your family and provide a quality education that will prepare each student to shape the future for the world in which they will live.  Whether they are having trouble with self-control, feelings, or friendships, I enjoy showing how God’s word applies to every part of my students' lives.   

   It is my privilege to make sure these children are getting the best education possible.  We never want learning to be static.  The teachers and I are always looking for successful practices that we can incorporate into our curriculum and extra activities to make learning fun!  

Loving your children,



Thank you for your interest in PDS as a partner for your family in your child's education.

In the time I’ve been in Clarksdale as Headmaster of PDS and Pastor of First Presbyterian Church, it’s become evident that our church’s school is one of the jewels of our community—a beloved and loving place that serves children and their families so well.

I say that not only as an administrator but as a parent of PDS students. I know that my children are receiving here not only a first-rate education but the continual nurture of teachers and administrators who are personally invested in their progress—academically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. PDS feels like an extension of the home my wife and I strive to create for our children—a place where they feel safe, unconditionally loved, and so, are free to flourish as children of God in their Father’s world.

Let me say, in that vein, that when we talk of PDS offering a Christian education, it is no empty label. The reality of the God of the Bible—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit—and the truth and relevance of the Gospel proclaimed in the Bible shape everything about the education children receive at PDS. Our fervent hope and prayer for each of them is not only that they will leave us prepared to excel academically at the next level, but that they will know and love personally the One who alone makes life worth living. Such a hope is beyond our power to realize; yet PDS is unapologetically designed as a greenhouse of the Gospel, where the soil is turned and seeds of the Gospel are daily planted.

I am always available to answer any questions you have about PDS, FPC, or the Gospel of Jesus Christ that has transformed my life. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me, for I am a servant of Christ to this community.

Blessings in Christ,

Pastor Ryan Dean