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Saint James Lutheran

2101 N. Fremont Street
Chicago, IL 60614

(773) 525-4990


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St. James Lutheran School serves families with children in preschool through eighth grade and is dedicated to enhancing the intellectual, social and emotional growth of its students. As the oldest, continuously operating school in the city of Chicago, it boasts a proud heritage of providing a quality Christian education to children from the community.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

We believe that a compassionate and highly trained staff, coupled with engaged parents and a supportive congregation, are essential to delivering a first-rate educational opportunity. Students will thrive in such a learning environment that includes differentiated instruction, individualized goal setting and adult modeling of Christ-like behavior.

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
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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  • Pets for children to watch and care for
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
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

The Early Childhood Program emphasizes experiential education, including purposeful play and hands-on experiences related to thematic units. Social and emotional development is emphasized through the give and take of learning to function as part of a group. Language development is the focus of communication and skill building. STUDENTS WILL: Learn about communicating with one another and develop sills in speaking, listening, writing and reading. Apply ideas about numbers, quantities, measurements, shapes and colors. Improve coordination and control over bodies while learning to move and handle equipment. Discover the love of Jesus Christ through song, dance, story and prayer. Develop confidence and independence while learning to share and be a cooperative member in a group.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

St.  James  Lutheran  School  prepares  students  to  succeed  at  Chicago’s  premier  high  schools.  We  seek  to   form  a  school/family  partnership  to  optimize  the  education  process  in  a  challenging  environment  for  social,   spiritual,  behavioral,  cognitive  and  physical  development.  A  St.  James  student  should  exit  with  a  solid  academic foundation and strong sense of personal confidence as a child of God.

A Typical Day

At St. James we offer five different preschool programs - two half-day, three half-day, two full-day, three full-day and five full-day.

Sample Schedule for Two Full-Day Preschool Class

8:30 a.m. Table Activities

8:50 a.m. Morning Meeting

9:10 a.m. Recess

9:40 a.m. Snack

10:00 a.m. Free Choice

10:30 a.m. Library or Chapel

11:00 a.m. Learning Time

11:30 a.m. Music or Spanish

11:50 a.m. Lunch/Rest Time

1:00 p.m. Centers

1:50 p.m. Recess

2:25 p.m. Story Time, Show and Tell, Closing

2:50 p.m. Dismissal

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

To keep parents informed an e-newsletter from administration with links to teacher newsletters is sent home each week. More in-depth information for the whole school community is included in a seasonal magazine, which is sent home with students. Additionally, teachers schedule three parent-teacher conferences a year and parents are welcome to stop by the classroom and schedule meetings as necessary.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • 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
  • Phone Calls
  • 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
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year