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St. James Preschool

4620 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94118

Phone:
(415) 752-8258

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

Each child is exceptional. And it takes an exceptional school, staffed by committed teachers to draw out, build on, and develop each child’s unique abilities. St. James Preschool is that school. Founded in 1963, St. James Preschool has been a much-loved fixture of the Richmond district for nearly 50 years. Initially started as a church-based nursery school, we are now an independent non-profit preschool, offering quality education to children ages 2-5. We do this in an atmosphere of learning and joy which is integral to childhood and St. James Preschool.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught We have specialist music, science, art , and physical ed. classes.

From the Director:

School Mission At St. James Preschool, we create an educational environment that respects each child’s individuality, while cultivating a strong sense of community. We are dedicated to a developmental child-centered philosophy that fosters personal growth, cultural awareness and respect for a child’s spirit. St. James Preschool is place where a child can grow, explore, learn and have fun in a safe, and intimate setting.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

As a teaching team, we are committed, hard-working professionals. Each classroom has two teachers, and each teacher knows each and every St. James Preschool child. If you’re looking for a preschool where the teachers will truly individualize an education for each student, St. James Preschool is the place.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

School Mission
At St. James Preschool, we create an educational environment that respects each child’s individuality, while cultivating a strong sense of community. We are dedicated to a developmental child-centered philosophy that fosters personal growth, cultural awareness and respect for a child’s spirit. St. James Preschool is place where a child can grow, explore, learn and have fun in a safe, and intimate setting.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We communicate with our parents via phone calls, e-mails, special meetings, regular conferences, at drop off and pick up and in a newsletter that is circulated for the entire school. What about future Kindergarten? We know that the search is daunting and time-consuming. SJP offers advice and guidance from our Director, Roger Setterfield, who has 12 years experience working with families to find the right public, parochial, or independent Kindergarten for their child.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

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

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation