Preschool Overview and Application

Preschool at St. John’s Episcopal School is a theme-based, academic program nurturing character development and faith for children ages three to five years old. Our primary mission is to provide a safe, caring, and positive environment that fosters a lifelong love of learning.

Our engaging program encourages the social, emotional, physical, creative, spiritual, and cognitive development of the whole child. We proudly focus on teaching our students our core values of kindness, honesty, respect, and compassion. These values are integrated into the daily routines that form a strong basis for all our academic and social/emotional learning throughout the school year.

Our daily schedule is designed to balance teacher-guided and child-initiated activities, along with both active and quiet time. There is a balance between individual, small group, and large group activities. We promote and provide numerous opportunities for our children to explore, interact, imagine, create, make decisions, and solve problems. Our curriculum teaches readiness skills in reading, math, science, and social studies through discovery and creative activities both inside and outside the classroom. Our children are engaged and involved in a literature-rich classroom that also provides many opportunities in art, music, movement, dance, and dramatic play as well as STEM, Spanish, Library, and PE.

Our preschool teachers focus on each child’s age and stage of development, help each child meet the goals that are right for him or her, and value and include each child’s family, language, and culture. Materials, activities, and strategies are chosen and adapted with these outcomes in mind. Teachers plan activities and experiences that build upon, support and enhance children’s well-being; a sense of belonging; confidence in their capacities to explore and learn; growing skills in communication; and the opportunity to contribute to the life of the classroom.

Recent brain research points out the significance of creating patterns and assisting children in figuring out the connections to learning. Learning is an integrated process. Jane Healy, a child development expert, says, “I’m increasingly convinced that patterns are the key to intelligence. Patterning information means really organizing and associating new information with previously developed mental hooks.” A theme-based model encourages children to form those patterns. When all the learning activities are connected around a “theme,” children see how learning is interconnected. For example, science isn’t just a subject that stands alone but is very closely related to reading, math, and social studies. Our program promotes children’s knowledge and skills, helping them make connections about the world around them.

Click this link to read more about our Preschool Program.

Application Process:

1. Schedule a tour of the campus

Contact the Admissions Office to arrange an initial visit to the School. During your visit, you will have the opportunity to meet the Head of School and the Director of Admissions.  You will receive a tour of the campus and facilities, as well as observe classes in session.

2. Complete the Application and Parent Questionnaire

You may apply online by completing the Online Application. There is a non-refundable $75 application fee for each student.

3. Playdate and Assessment

Preschool/3 applicants are required to spend 90 minutes in the Preschool-3 classroom during the school day on a mutually agreed upon date prior to the last day of school. Teachers will observe and assess your child.

Preschool-4 applicants are required to spend a morning in the Preschool-3 classroom during the school day on a mutually agreed-upon date prior to the last day of school. Teachers will observe and assess your child.  This visit will provide an opportunity for your child to interact with their future classmates.

4. Submit Teacher Recommendation

A teacher recommendation form is required for all students who are currently enrolled in a preschool. A Teacher Recommendation form is included in the Application packet online.

5. Enrollment Decisions

Once all steps are completed, the Admissions Team will make a decision based on multiple factors, including the student’s assessment results, school visit, and the availability of space in the grade that the student is applying.

Application deadline: February 1.

Applications received by February 1 will be given first consideration, with decisions to be mailed by the beginning of March.

Applications received after February 1 will be considered on a rolling basis, depending on class openings.

Curriculum Overview:

  • The daily schedule is designed to balance teacher-guided and child-selected activities with active and quiet time.
  • We promote and provide numerous and varied opportunities for our children to explore, interact, imagine, create, and problem solve.
  • Language Development: phonemic awareness, letter and sound recognition, receptive and expressive language skills.
  • Math: counting, sorting, shapes, number awareness, and recognition.
  • Social Awareness Units of Study: All About Me, Family, The World Around Us, Holidays, Community and Community helpers.
  • Science Exploration: Five Senses, Animals, Plants, Weather, and Butterfly Life Cycle.
  • Fine Motor Skills: diversified hands-on manipulatives, art-based activities, pre-printing and printing activities
  • Gross Motor Skills: outdoor play consisting of parachute, obstacle course, climbing, and numerous teacher-guided group game activities.
  • Technology, Library, P.E. and Religion classes weekly


1. Preschool is for students who will turn 3 years of age by September 1 of that school year.

2. Attendance options:

  • 5 day full day 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Monday -Friday
  • 5 day partial day 8:00 am -1:00 p.m. Monday – Friday
  • 3-4 day full or partial days are available in the PK3 program. Please inquire about this option when applying.

3. The maximum class size is 15 students.

4. Extended Day Programs: Before and Aftercare is available. Click here for more information.

5. The school year will follow the same schedule as St. John’s Kindergarten through Grade 8 calendar.

Douglas R. Perkins
Director of Admissions
St. John’s Episcopal School
301-774-6804, ext. 160