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Welcome!

 

Saint James School’s Pre-K is a Christ-centered community, which creates an atmosphere inspired by the gospel. We are an extension of the Catholic Church’s teachings, traditions, and values and provide a strong spiritual and academic foundation that will help your student succeed. We cultivate faith-centered learning at a young age within the Catholic school environment. Through monthly school Masses, daily prayer, faith-incorporated daily lessons, religious education books, and the celebration of Christian holidays, we strive to instill the importance of faith and religion early on.

The Pre-K is located within the greater Saint James Catholic School, providing proper security, a dedicated fenced-in playground, hot lunch options (in a peanut-free environment), and an extensive support staff. We also offer full-day, half-day, and extended-care options to help make it easier on our school’s families.

Our Pre-K programs include a 2 ½- to 3-year-old program (students must be 2 1/2 by October 1st of the current school year) and a 4-year-old program. All students are encouraged to learn through active exploration of their child-centered environment, which helps them develop positive self-esteem, self-control, and independence.

 

We have recently created a new interdisciplinary curriculum that fully leverages the current New Jersey Preschool teaching and learning standards. This curriculum focuses on a well-rounded breadth of subjects, incorporating cognitive and perceptual skill development, as well as Art, Music, and Physical Fitness classes taught by instructors dedicated to those special areas.  Moreover, technology is fully integrated into our curriculum: our classrooms include an interactive projector and a SMART table. We are also proud to offer buddies, mentors, and school Mass assistants from Saint James School to work with our Pre-K students. Pre-K students are encouraged to participate in Saint James School’s annual events, which include the Christmas Concert, Grandparents’ Day, the Fall Festival, and Farm Day.  
 

Our full-time teachers hold New Jersey State certification and pursue professional development opportunities for both academic and spiritual growth annually. Additionally, our school has a full-time nurse on staff.  
 
We believe it is our moral imperative to provide a strong foundation in both Catholic faith formation and academic excellence.  We emphasize values that encourage students to accept others rather than exclude them, to understand the difference between right and wrong, and to commit themselves to serve God by serving others.  This philosophy challenges our students to improve the world by sharing gospel values and living Christ's message of salvation. Our students grow to understand the roots of their faith and their responsibilities as Christians.
 
Thanks to our faculty and parents, the Saint James School Pre-K provides a safe, fun, and loving environment to nurture the emerging skills of all of our students.