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St Stephen Presbyterian Day School

2700 McPherson Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76109

(817) 927-8422


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

SSPDS follows the guidelines set by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. We believe that children learn best through sensory learning, hands on manipulation. Our goal is for each child to leave SSPDS prepared for kindergarten. True academics prepares children for life as productive human beings, concentrating on not only academics but also on the practical, imaginative and creative thinking powers available to each individual. Learning good social skills is also a very important part of our early childhood environment, we want each child to leave SSPDS confident and ready to be a friend to every one they meet.

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
  • Language arts manipulatives
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Math manipulatives, blocks, 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
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Music teacher on Wednesdays for each class
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
  • Tricycles
  • 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
Other subjects taught Our learning environments are developmentally appropriate for each age group. Learning centers are set up in each classroom with materials geared toward the child's interest and planned subject matter. Our Three's and Pre-K classes attend Chapel on Wednesdays. Each class has our music teacher visit their classroom for songs, rhythm and movement on Wednesdays.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"St. Stephen Presbyterian Day School is committed to offering a high quality early childhood program for church members and the surrounding community. SSPDS provides a safe and nurturing environment that promotes the physical, social, emotional, spiritual, and cognitive development of young children. At SSPDS, we believe in preparing children for a life as productive human beings, concentrating on the practical, imaginative, and creative thinking powers of each child, thus allowing for their full growth and development."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • 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


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation