At St. Mark’s we believe, children’s self-esteem is based on pride in themselves, their families, their cultures. We encourage families to share their cultures, beliefs and traditions with our students. The family is, and should be, the primary influence on the child; Cooperative efforts of parents and teachers are essential to providing an enriching learning experience for all children.
St. Mark’s Preschool serves children of all religious and ethnic heritages.
Small class sizes
An open-ended program designed to encourage and challenge a growing child’s creative and intellectual abilities
Hands-on learning experiences and opportunities for self-discovery offered in small group learning centers
Classrooms and an outside play area designed to meet the small and large motor skills of young children
A developmentally appropriate environment where individual learning styles are accepted and accommodated
An ‘at-their-own-pace’ attitude toward preschool and early childhood learning
Children learning to make free choices within safe limits
Children learning social and intellectual skills that will help prepare them for elementary school
A Christian program designed to build a child’s self-esteem, awareness of others and their world through the understanding and sharing of God’s love for us all
Yearly Commitment Fee………$150 (non-refundable)
Two days per week $320/month
Three days per week $480/month
Four days per week $640/month
Five days per week $760/month
Afternoon: (4 year olds only)
Three days per week $480/month
Morning and Afternoon:
Four sessions $640/month
Five sessions $760/month
Six sessions $840/month
Seven sessions $920/month
Eight sessions $1000/month
Age Requirement :
The minimum age for enrollment is two years, nine months (before September 1). We do not accept children who wear diapers. (Pull-ups are recommended.)
In accordance with California state regulations, a record of the following must be provided before a child can be enrolled:
Current required immunizations
Negative TB test results (less than one year old)
Physical examination report (signed by a physician)
Completed enrollment form
Student health history
Emergency treatment permission form (signed)
Admissions policies agreement form (signed)
Clients’ rights form (signed)
Child abuse awareness form (signed)
Please ask the office for the required paperwork
Daily Activities and Learning Center
Daily activities often reflect the work we are doing and the concepts we are learning. Playdough, painting easel, the drawing and colouring table and free choice of areas are open and available to welcome students and begin our day.
The large table is set up with manipulatives and tools that correspond to our letter of the week or our work, the letter 'A' could mean apple counting, preparing apples for snack, apple seed planting etc.,
About 25 min after they arrive the bell rings, clean up is done we meet for circle time, talk about our packets, the ideas involved and what our day will bring. We do our papers, head outside for about twenty minutes.
Then its inside for snack and more directed art or science activities.
At our last circle time we have show and tell, music, reading or whatever we need to finish up. Then its back outside for about 40 mins until our day is done.
A bit about water and using the toilets, each child is free to get a drink or use the potty as they need. Younger students are escorted to the potties several times a day or as they need.
Briefly its our hope to provide a well balanced day in three hours. Inside and outside free choice, work and circle time, activities time and the in between transition times.
Sample Daily Schedule:
Greeting and assembling
Circle time: stories/felt-board/music
Brief outside time
Featured learning centers
Free choice activity time
Clean-up and snack time