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St. James Nursery School

4526 Albany Post Road / Route 9
Hyde Park, NY 12538

(845) 229-0100


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Our philosophy is to provide a loving Christian environment, in which children are nurtured and taught age-appropriate activities. We believe the development of social skills makes for superior school readiness. We help children play sociably and adjust to a group outside their family.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

From the Director:

To achieve our goals, we provide age-appropriate bible stories, field trips, healthy snacks, arts and crafts, fine motor activities, outdoor and indoor play, and much more

Day in the Life

General School Mission

-Learn to follow directions, excercise memory through songs, rhymes and routine.
-Learn to take care of toys and classroom items, simple dressing skills, being responsible for their belongings and helping with prep and cleanup of snack.
-Take responsibility for their behavior and beginning to solve interpersonal conflicts. Children are encouraged to voice their concerns to one another before coming to the teacher.
-Broaden their experience through exposure to music, children's songs, puzzles, drawing, coloring, games, fine motor and gross motor activities, children's magazines and books and many field trips throughout the community.
-Practice observing their surroundings through weather, the seasons and nature in the school yard.
-Learn colors, shapes and numbers. Practice pre-writing skills, name recognition and other kindergarten readiness skills

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 able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school