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St. Frances Cabrini School

15325 Woodard Road
San Jose, CA 95124

(408) 377-6545 ex. 3014

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

From the Director:

Because our program prepares children for our Kindergarten needs, it is designed to be a balance between opportunities for social interaction through planned centers, and one that addresses the learning of letters, sounds, phonemic awareness, numbers, and social studies and science centered around holidays.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

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

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • paint easels
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • manipulatives
Time & space more

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  • 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
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • rhythm band
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
  • 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
  • shaded playground area; hopscotch, etc. painted on the blacktop
Other subjects taught Because SFC is a Catholic school, we teach a daily lesson on religion, and incorporate it throughout the day.

From the Director:

The curriculum is designed to prepare the children for any Kindergarten, and particularly the SFC Kindergarten. The approach used is that of teacher-prepared lessons to ensure that the material is covered according to the standards required.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Each classroom has its own aide to assist the teacher in cases that need extra assistance.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

St. Frances Cabrini is a Catholic school, Pre-K to 8th grade. Our philosophy is that we all have a responsibility to live as Jesus did. Our mission is that we address our schoolwide learning expectations through being part of a faith, learning, and socially responsible community.

A Typical Day

They would see daily opening activities, story time, rhymes and word games, singing and rhythm band, art activities, centers, PE, and motor skills taught by the PE teacher.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year