Pre-School & Pre-Kindergarten at Saint John Academy

Our Pre-School and Pre-Kindergarten programs provide children ages 3-5 with expanded activities and a daily schedule that promotes active and positive interactions with their environment and their classmates. A balance of child-initiated and staff-initiated activities are provided, as well as alternating periods of quiet and active play with small and large group experiences throughout the day. The understanding of basic religious principles and beliefs are deepened through everyday practices as spiritual development is integrated into the curriculum.

Class sizes are limited and incorporate both a head teacher and an assistant at all times.

Learning goals include:

  • Fostering a positive self-concept
  • Encouraging youngsters to think, reason, question, and experiment
  • Promoting the development of language and social skills
  • Nurturing creative expression and promoting an appreciation of the arts
  • Developing and demonstrating sound health, safety, and nutritional practices
  •  Enhancing physical development and skills
  • Respecting and understanding cultural diversity

Parents have several options within our program:

3 Year Olds: (Must be 3 by September 30th )
Class Size: 15 students with one teacher and an assistant

  • 5 Days – Mornings, from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Monday – Friday
  • 5 Days – Full Day, from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.**
    Monday – Friday (With option of using Extended Day from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

4 Year Olds: (Must be 4 by September 30th)
Class Size: 20 students with one teacher and one assistant

  • 5 Days – Mornings, from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Monday – Friday
  • 5 Days – Afternoon Only, from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Monday – Friday
  • 5 Days – Full Day, from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.**
    Monday – Friday (With option of using Extended Day from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

**The afternoon class on full days, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., is a combination of 3 and 4 year olds.  The full day includes lunch time and nap time.  Lunch is provided by the parents. 

Saint John Academy’s Preschool Program is accredited through the Virginia Catholic Education Association in coordination with the Virginia Council for Private Education. We are also licensed through the Virginia Department of Social Services and we comply with all state and diocesan policies regarding early childhood education.

Pre-Kindergarten

Our half-day pre-kindergarten program provides children ages 4-5 with expanded activities and a daily schedule that promotes active and positive interactions with their environment and their classmates. A balance of child-initiated and staff-initiated activities are provided, as well as alternating periods of quiet and active play with small and large group experiences throughout the day. The understanding of basic religious principles and beliefs are deepened through everyday practices as spiritual development is integrated into the curriculum.

Class sizes are limited and incorporate both a head teacher and an assistant at all times.
Learning goals include:

• Fostering a positive self-concept
• Encouraging youngsters to think, reason, question, and experiment
• Promoting the development of language and social skills
• Nurturing creative expression and promoting an appreciation of the arts
• Developing and demonstrating sound health, safety, and nutritional practices
• Enhancing physical development and skills