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.
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.
The faculty and administration of Saint James School is proud to announce a partnership with the Mother Goose Time PreSchool curriculum program. This is a research-based program that nurtures the whole child in all areas of development: social-emotional, physical, language, and cognitive. The curriculum uniquely weaves 33 key skills into playful games and hands-on projects.
At Saint James School, your child will explore the world through carefully designed thematic investigations. These themes help children know who they are, love others, and make healthy life choices. Each day, your child will sing songs, create art, investigate STEM projects, play math and literacy games, read books, build friendships, and develop a personal relationship with Jesus, come to understand His love for them and build Christian character.
Students in Saint James School’s Pre-Kindergarten programs will also experience instruction in 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 interactive projectors and students in the 4-year-old program attend weekly technology instruction in our computer lab. We are also proud to offer 6th grade buddies who act as mentors and role models. 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.