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St Mark Lutheran Pre-School

556 S El Camino Real
Encinitas, CA 92024

(760) 231-1917


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Reggio-Emilia

From the Director:

Reggio-Emilia inspired

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Our mission and ministry is to share the Gospel of Jesus with children of our community by providing a Christ-centered education.
Our program philosophy incorporates the following principles:
We Believe . . .
*A young child needs to discover his/her own unique significance in God's world.
*Children should be given every opportunity to develop various gifts God has given to them.
*In helping children grow in heart as well as mind.
Our program is a joint ministry that involves the child, the family, the staff, the congregation, and the community working together to serve the best interest of the child.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

Daily Schedule

8:30 to 8:45 Parent Drop Off/Free Exploration

8:45 to 9:15 Morning Assembly/Circle

9:15-10:00 Outdoor Exploration

10:00 Chapel or Music

10:30 Project Time/Small Group

11:15-11:30 Reflection

11:30 Morning Dismissal / Transition to Lunch

11:30-12:30 Lunch Bunch

12:30 Lunch Bunch Dismissal

12:30-1:00 Book Sharing Time

1:00 to 2:30 Rest Time (varies by age)

2:30 to 3:15 Free Choice Exploration

3:15 Afternoon Dismissal

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation