First (Scots) Presbyterian Church



First (Scots) Presbyterian Kindergarten is located in the heart of Charleston’s Historic District on the ground of First (Scots) Presbyterian Church. Founded in 1956, First (Scots) Presbyterian Preschool and Kindergarten has provided generations of Charleston’s children an opportunity to develop socially, spiritually, physically, emotionally and intellectually in an atmosphere of Christian love. 

First (Scots) Kindergarten welcomes students of any race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin.


At First (Scots), we believe in educating the whole child-socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually. Different levels of ability, development and learning styles are both expected and appreciated at First (Scots). 

We feel that children can learn in a nurturing, but structured hands-on environment which focuses on learning through playful discovery of their environment and directed instruction.



Our curriculum is created from the best programs available for the education of young children. Each age-level curriculum is designed to meet the developmental needs of children in the class and allow for a more flexible child-centered approach to education. Our teachers strive to present new ideas that build on concepts already familiar to the children, and set forth objectives that encourage them to stretch their experience while still taking joy in the process of learning.

Special Resources

Our children participate weekly in music, art and sports classes as well as Chapel led by members of the Professional Staff for First (Scots) Presbyterian Church. Children join their classmates throughout the year on field trips to enrich their learning experiences.


First (Scots) faculty members are all experienced, qualified educators. Each year, faculty members attend workshops and conferences held by national acclaimed groups for the education of young children such as The Wright Group, NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children), SECA (Southern Early Childhood Association), SCAEYC (South Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children), and Staff Development Institute as well as seminars sponsored by local groups.

If you would like more information about the preschool and kindergarten, please contact our Kindergarten Director by email or feel free to call 843-722-8882.