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Saint James School

140 North Avenue
Highwood, IL 60040

(847) 432-2277


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Our preschool philosophy is developmentally appropriate. Our philosophy is
child centered with emphasis upon the balanced development of each child.
We believe in letting the child be a child. We believe that play is the child's
developmental medium and that through exposure to creative play situations,
we can provide challenging learning experiences that will help the child
develop spiritually, emotionally, intellectually, physically and socially. To play
is to orient oneself to test, to discover. Play instills social values such as
learning to share and to cooperate. Play leads a child to self discover basic
truths and concepts. Play enhances the thinking process which enables a child
to problem solve more effectively.
Our children do not experience the tedium and frustration of typical readiness
programs. We encourage the children to discover the joy and fulfillment that
comes through the creative process. Less emphasis is placed upon the finished
Our program recognizes that each child is a unique individual with special
talents, thoughts, feelings and interests. We encourage each child to be
himself/herself. We strive to develop one of the most important ingredients in
the learning process, the child's positive self-image. We encourage a strong
home-school partnership to help us realize this goal."
Excerpted from the preschool's website