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John Calvin Presbyterian Chr

4201 Transcontinental Dr.
Metairie, LA 70006-2698

(504) 888-1378


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our curriculum is not a "one size fits all." Teachers are sensitive to children's developmental differences and strive to make all learning experiences relevant to each child's capabilities and goals.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Today we are still providing our students with a warm and nurturing school experience while helping them develop social skills, creativity, self-confidence, and a love for learning in a Christian environment."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

Children arrive in the morning with the opportunity to choose a learning center in their classroom. Blocks, housekeeping, puzzles, free art, manipulatives, reading and listening are some of the many centers they are free to choose. After centertime the children meet together with the teacher for Circle Time. This involves discussions concernig attendance, weather, topic of the week, art project of the week, storytelling, or whatever activities the teacher chooses to share. John Calvin also offers Music and Body Movement resource classes which are additionally worked into the students' weekly schedule. Art time, snack time, and playground time are also part of their school routine.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Foramally, children receive Progress Reports and have parent-teacher conferences to discuss students' progress. In addition, we have Parents' Night in October for parents to visit their childrens' classrooms and to view the many activities they are involved in. We publish a newsletter twice a month, distribute a resouce newsletter monthly, advertise programs we think are of value in the community, maintain outside classroom bulletin boards to keep parents abreast of current and upcoming activities, distribute yearly Student Handbooks, maintain a Playschool website, offer Speech and Hearing screenings and other health related services, and distribute letters to parents about issues or policies that need to be addressed.


Separation is Handled through:

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

Handling Separation: From the Director

Our first day of school consists of children spending 1/2 hour in their classroom with their parent(s), and 1/2 hour in the classroom, while parents attend a school sponsored coffee. The rest of the week involves no Extended Care or Before School Care schedule. Our two year-old classes also follow this schedule, but additionally, are dismissed from school at 11:00 AM instead of 11:45 AM for the first week of school. We also hire additional teachers to assist in the Two year-old classrooms for the first two weeks of school. Two year-olds cannot attend Extended Day until the middle of October, and that is only after their teacher signs off that they are ready to handle this long-day transition. Extended Day for Twos is only available one day a week until after the Christmas holidays when it is then available for two days a week. We want to be certain our two year-olds are ready to handle this.