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St. Luke's Preschool

1755 Clay Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

(415) 474-9489

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Philosophy & Approach

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught Grace and courtesy, French, cooking class

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"To provide an open, warm and welcoming first step from the home environment to school where children learn to trust adults and are free to express their feelings and their needs. To strive for excellence in preschool education. To provide experienced faculty as classroom teachers. To teach children to approach new situations with a positive, enthusiastic and open mind. To teach children to be independent, self-reliant free thinkers. To provide a stimulating environment where each child's potentialities and abilities are recognized and helped to unfold in accordance with their inner clock. To provide a structured environment where there is a balance between academic instruction, social interacation, and artistic expression, where a child's self confidence is supported and developed by providing a range of developmental experiences. To foster respect and responsibility, to help the child internalize structure and develop inner discipline. To prepare the child for the transition into kindergarten, either in a public or independent school." Extracted from St. Lukes School Admissions Packet sent to prospective applicants

A Typical Day

'1. The children arrive at school, are greeted by the teachers and then descend the steps into school.
2. The children shake hands and say 'Good Morning' and then are encouraged to make eye contact with the teachers who greet them at the door. They take off their coats and hang them up in their lockers.
3. The children use the bathroom and wash their hands.
4. With the help of the teachers, the children find their nametags and place them in their containers.
5. While they are waiting for other children to arrive, they participate in various activities and are encouraged to talk to the teachers, socialize with their friends and work with the manipulatives that are placed on various tables. The free playtime lasts for approximately twenty to thirty minutes.
6. All teachers and children come to the rug and the school door is closed.
7. Role is called and the date is changed on the calendar. We say the 'Pledge of Allegiance,' sing a song and say the 'Lord's Prayer'.
8. While on the rug, the children practice their listening skills and review various activities they have been learning at class time.
9. Then begins the music and movement activity on the rug.
10. The group then splits up: one half goes to the 'United States Room' where the art project is explained; the other half goes to the bathroom, puts on their coats and gets ready to go to the roof. The 'United States Room' group is split up into small groups that go with a teacher for class. The class period lasts anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the age and attention span of the children.
11. The children then go to work and play at different activities.
Some children are called to go into the Art Room to do a special art project; some children will go to the kitchen for cooking class; and some will go to gymnastics, French or music lessons.
12. Then we clean up and get ready for the second group to go to the roof. The children must go to the bathroom, put on their coats and line up on the red guiding stripes on the floor. After the first group comes down from the roof, the second group heads up to the roof to play.
13. When the second group comes down from the roof to join their friends, we re-split the groups into new small groups for reading, story time, singing, conversation and fun. Then we get ready to go home.
14. At 12:15pm the afternoon class starts arriving at school. Their activities are similar to the morning class activities, but are geared toward their age and Pre-Kindergarten learning skills.
15. During the school year, we also have may exciting visitors to St. Luke's and celebrate various religious and ethnic holidays. Parents are invited to share in our celebrations.' Extracted from St. Luke's Admissions Package sent to prospective parents

Home-School Connection

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