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Saint Joseph Hill AcademyUnder the Direction of the Daughters of Divine CharityElementary School

Preschool Program (Pre-K 3 and Pre-K 4)

Preschool Program Where Tradition Meets Innovation

Pre-K 3 Teachers
Pre-K 3 and Pre-K 4
 

St. Joseph Hill Academy's (SJHA) Preschool Program for three- and four-year-old students is a traditional academic setting filled with joy and exploration. We lay the foundation for a lifelong love of learning, all set in a Catholic environment. SJHA’s Pre-K 3 and Pre-K 4 are learning through play, fostering healthy habits, and preparing children for a successful academic future.

SJHA’s Pre-K is modeled on center-based play, where each “center” provides a different educational focus that inspires hands-on learning in an organized way. This environment develops fine and gross motor skills, stimulates growth, and accelerates social-emotional learning. At SJHA, our center-based play model takes place in a safe and nurturing environment, which is key to child development, and sets up students for a lifetime love of learning.

Through the support from their teachers, they are developing self-help skills that build independence and confidence. SJHA’s Preschool Program is helping our youngest students learn how to take care of themselves and each other. Our curriculum and activities uniquely provide them with academic and social readiness for Kindergarten.

SJHA Preschool Schedule Options:

  • Three full days
  • Five full days
  • Extended day programs
 

All parents have the opportunity to download the mobile app, School Rush, where teachers publish classroom events and messages with pictures on a daily basis. 


Student to Teacher and Teacher’s Aide Ratio (2020-2021 School Year)


  • Pre-K 3: 12:1:1
  • Pre-K 4: 13:1:1

 

The SJHA Preschool Program lays the foundation for a lifelong love of learning with a focus on providing students with academic and social readiness for Kindergarten.


SJHA Pre-K 3 Program

  •   Transitions from home to school
  •   Models a center-based approach using academics and playtime
  •   Develops early literacy skills
  •   Introduces basic math concepts
  •   Instills independence and confidence
  •   Encourages oral communication
  •   Promotes team building through group discussions and activities
  •   Teaches sharing and socialization skills

 

SJHA Pre-K 4 Program

  • Teaches a progressive curriculum that enhances a preschooler’s creative thinking, imagination, and problem-solving abilities
  • Models a center-based approach using academics and playtime
  • Integrates technology in learning including Kindles and Smartboards (though screen time is limited)
  • Promotes self-confidence through daily routines and activities
  • Provides specialized instruction in physical education, art, music, and dance classes
  • Ensures a seamless transition from Pre-K to Kindergarten

 

The SJHA Preschool Program provides a fun calendar of Special Events that the students both thoroughly enjoy and also learn from:

  • Superhero Day to learn the letter “S” (Pre-K 4 only)
  • Literary Character Day
  • Decades Day
  • 100 Days of School Celebration
  • Dr. Seuss and Read Across America Day
  • Comfy Cozy Day
  • Favorite Color Day
  • Show & Tell: Family History Day
  • STEM Activity Day
  • Christmas Tree Lighting
  • Wacky Hat Day
  • Halloween Parade
  • Mini Walk for Breast Cancer
 
 
For our Pre-K 3 and Pre-K 4 applications please click here
 
For any questions about the SJHA Preschool Program and application process, please contact Mrs. Eileen Gregor, SJHA Early Childhood Director, at egregor@stjhill.org.
 
In keeping with Covid-19 safety protocols, we are unfortunately not scheduling Preschool Campus visits at this time. For more general information on SJHA Elementary School you may also call (718) 981-1197 ext. 9136.