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St. Josaphat School

2245 N. Southport
Chicago, IL 60614

(773) 549-0909


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

The PreK-3 program is committed to fostering children’s social, emotional, physical and intellectual development, with an emphasis on independence and classroom structure. Children are introduced to an interactive classroom that invites exploration, problem solving, creativity and group participation. Throughout the year, there will be a Letter of the Week. Lesson plans are developed around each particular letter. Students are taught to recognize, trace and identify the sound(s) each letter makes. In combination, this learning process lays the foundation for strong readers and writers. Students grow and develop through dramatic play, art, music, literature, religion, foreign language and structured social time. Teachers work to establish structure and routine. Our PreK-4 Program provides a warm and nurturing classroom experience, where strong emphasis is placed on the child’s curiosity, creativity, imagination and natural talents. Teachers and students work together to build the developmental and pre-academic skills that will assist them as they advance to Kindergarten. Both thematic units, as well as interactive curriculum (i.e. the alphabet, numbers, etc.), help advance the child’s thinking skills, while they continue to learn to be a part of a classroom. Music, art projects, physical activity, foreign language and library are incorporated into the students’ weekly schedule.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Welcome to St. Josaphat School in Lincoln Park. SJS is a preschool to eighth grade Catholic educational community where knowledge and culture, integrated with faith, are shared among students, teachers, support staff, and parents. We encourage students to achieve their highest potential and to become morally and socially responsible individuals who act as positive members of our Catholic school and the larger community.

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