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St Anne School

32451 Bear Brand Road
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

(949) 487-2663


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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"St. Anne provides a traditional education, combining time-proven concepts of instruction and discipline with modern technologies and a contemporary understanding of childhood learning processes - in a safe atmosphere of support, encouragement, and close personal attention.
- St. Anne believes school children today need to be proficient in basic factual knowledge and develop the discipline necessary to learn. Modern educators stress "learning skills" and "self esteem." St. Anne believes that students acquire these elements by addressing tangible facts, considering logical concepts, and using intelligent language. Through these methods, St. Anne teaches the skill of "thinking".
- The curriculum developed at St. Anne offers a traditional, well-balanced core of subjects: art, computer training, English, foreign language, geography, grammar, history, literature, mathematics, music, natural sciences, phonics, physical education, reading, religion, social studies, spelling, and writing.
- Traditional literature appropriate to the age and ability of each child complements the use of textbooks. This provides children with reading materials of high quality, while stimulating their interest and introducing them to a rich literary heritage.
- The curriculum incorporates the best of the Western educational tradition with modern innovation in a creative, value-centered approach. Each student receives personalized instruction from teachers dedicated to the well-rounded development of the young mind.
- The School's goal is to impart the basic skills of reading, writing, speaking, listening, calculating, problem-solving, observing, measuring, estimating, critical reasoning, and discussion of great ideas and books, as well as appreciation of and participation in artistic activities such as music, drama, and the visual arts. All subjects are presented cumulatively, each level of difficulty building on previously acquired knowledge. Science is taught through field and laboratory studies, manipulation of objects, experiments and individual projects. Students progress logically through each aspect of mathematics, from counting and arithmetic to algebra and simple geometry. Computers, calculators and other learning devices enhance individual comprehension and provide enrichment. Computer instruction begins in kindergarten with students having access to the most recent technology. However, these computational aids are introduced only after basic understanding has been achieved.
- At St. Anne School, a uniform dress code in Grades K-8 enhances classroom decorum, reduces peer pressure and reinforces the precept of school as a place of structure and learning.
- As a liberal arts program, St. Anne is concerned about teaching the traditional values of reverence for God, while promoting the development of character. These teachings include the quest for truth, honesty, respect for others, humility, good citizenship, encouragement of positive relationships, service to one's community and nation, discipline, acquiring knowledge and wisdom, and the pursuit of excellence in all endeavors.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"8:30 am- 9:00 am
Preschool Session Begins- Welcoming Circle Time, Orientation for Daily Plans
9:00 am - 9:15 am
9:15 am-10:15 am
Curriculum Development
9:15 am-10:15 am
Recess for younger programs
10:15 am-11:15 am
Recess Schedule For All Pre-K Classes
11:30 am-12:00 pm
12:30 pm-1:30 pm
Rest/quiet time for Pre-K
1:30 pm-2:00 pm
End of Day Circle Time
2:00 pm
2:00 pm
Individual Class Closure, Dismissal Remaining children signed in to day care "
Excerpted from the preschool's website

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
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school