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St. Patrick School

9635 Ferndale Drive
Dallas, TX 75238

(214) 348-8070


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

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
  • Many manipulatives including cubes, blocks, counters, etc.
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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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
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
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
  • Parachutes and gym equipment are available to Pre-K.
Other subjects taught We have a strong Catholic curriculum in our Pre-K program, as well as an introduction to computers. We also attend library.

From the Director:

There is teacher-led instruction on new concepts and follow-throughs; however, we also expand on these through free play and stations with guidance that the teacher feels is needed.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Each child is unique and learns differently. As Pre-K teachers at St. Patrick, we take each student and work with them as needed. The teacher may provide this assistance in a small group setting or an individual pull-out. Each child deserves the proper guidance to fit their learning style.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

St. Patrick is an integral and contributing body within our Catholic Community. Rooted in the tradition and faith of our church, St. Patrick School strives to be a visible instrument and servant of Christ in the formation and education of its students.

The Pre-K program is developed to meet the growing, independent and social awareness of the three- and four-year-old child. The child needs a flexible environment, while at the same time, the security of definite limits. The child is an experiential learner. It is important that a multisensory setting, composed of a variety of materials, be used to acclimate the child to religion, social skills, language, science, math, social studies, sensory-motor and fine arts.

Pre-K education must provide a trusting and open atmosphere in which children grow to their fullest potential. Within this atmosphere, the feelings of self-worth, self-respect, and respect for others are fostered. Creativity and delight in the joy of learning can also be expressed. Each child is unique and his/her life experiences are important factors in creating an individualized and developmentally appropriate child-centered program.

The building of friendships is a vital and exciting experience for the young child. Since it is imperative to allow time for these relationships to develop, most activities are planned to be non-competitive and self-paced. The Pre-K curriculum along with the classroom environment makes exploration and growth a rewarding experience so each child may develop cognitively, socially, emotionally, spiritually, and physically.

A Typical Day

As the children enter the classroom, they are greeted by the teacher, and then they continue to hang up backpacks/lunchboxes. They may choose upon the tabletop activites. This eases them into the transition of leaving their parents, and entering the classroom. Our day begins with the Good Morning Song, the Pledge of Allegiance, and a prayer. Then they begin Circle Time where the lesson of the day is discussed. After Circle Time, the students proceed to stations where the opportunity for enrichment of the day's lesson takes place.

Small groups are pulled over to do a teacher-guided activity with an instructor while the teacher works in groups on curriculum activites. These activities may range from fine motor skills, math, language arts, etc. The students clean up stations and have a snack. They also participate in Show & Tell. Next they have outside play. When they come in from outside, we transition with a song, closing story, and prayer. On various days we have music, gym, church, library, computer, mystery readers, and guests.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

* Open house during Catholic Schools Week
* Mandatory Back To School Meeting
* Orientation
* Parent/teacher conferences mandatory in January, others as needed
* Progress reports in October
* Three reporting periods throughout the year
* Parents are welcome to e-mail or call the teacher at home any time

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


Handling Separation: From the Director

Most children move into Kindergarten located in the same area.