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Saint Paul the Apostle School

720 S. Floyd Road
Richardson, TX 75080

(972) 235-3263


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

While most of the curriculum is predominantly teacher-led instruction, learning experiences are also included in centers. Stations are set up to reinforce the curriculum that has been presented. Free play and imaginations are also part of the growing and learning experiences as the children play in centers and outside.

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
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world
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
Other subjects taught Religion, Art, Music, Library, P.E, and Computers

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Ongoing individual assessments provide areas of strengths and weaknesses in each child and time to focus on those needs. Small groups are also used to work in these areas. Encouragement and various methods that meet the needs of each individual are also constantly employed. Children who show reading readiness are worked with to encourage their progress as children who need further development are given special attention to strengthen their weaknesses. The teacher and aide work closely together to meet these needs.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The philosophy of St. Paul the Apostle School states that the school shares the responsibility with the parents for the religious, intellectual, moral, physical, esthetic and social formation of children.

It is the fundamental goal of Saint Paul the Apostle School to help the families develop values, so that the children may apply Christian principles to all facets of their lives.

A Typical Day

The Pre-Kindergarten program focuses on developing the whole child as a unique gift from God. Each day the children participate in a variety of activities that include whole group, small group, and individual learning. The language-based program offers experiences in stories, nursery rhymes, role-play, math, science, art, computers, and fine and large motor development. It includes movement, music, kinesthetic, tactile, auditory, and visual methods to teach to all learning styles. Parents provide morning snacks that help the children stay focused until lunch time. Outdoor recess and movement time in the gym provide ample opportunities for large motor development. Indoor centers allow for free choices and role-play to stimulate imaginations and further language development. Lunch is enjoyed in the school cafeteria and can either be purchased at the cafeteria or brought from home. Rest time follows lunch and an afternoon of specials or recess, small groups, and centers complete our day.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

The home and school connection is vital. A parent-teacher group meeting, combined with kindergarten teachers and parents, is held in early August before school starts to give general information and answer questions prior to the first day of school. Within the first two weeks of school, Saint Paul School hosts a school-wide Back-to-School night where the Pre-Kindergarten parents obtain information specific to their child's day and the workings of the Pre-Kindergarten classes. In October, parent-teacher conferences are held to discuss each individual student's progress, strengths, and weaknesses. Plans and suggestions for strong team bulding between home and school are developed. Formal conferences are also held in the spring on an as-needed basis. The teacher or parent can schedule a conference anytime throughout the year.

Each Pre-Kindergarten child has a daily folder that contains a sheet featuring places to indicate lunch preferences and extended day, and sections where the parents and teachers can communicate information. A weekly class newsletter informs parents of upcoming events as well as religion topics, themes, language and math skills, and other points of interest to Pre-Kindergarten. Weekly packets of information pertaining to the whole school are sent home every Thursday. Communication is also available via email or through messages left at the office.

Saint Paul School also has a very active Home and School Association that helps build the school community through organizing fund raisers, volunteers, our annual auction, and many other valuable services.

As a Catholic school, Saint Paul School is very active in many service projects that benefit the residents of Richardson and surrounding areas throughout the year. The Pre-Kindergarten classes are included in these special opportunities to share God's love.


Separation is Handled through:

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

Handling Separation: From the Director

Each child is greeted as they come into the classroom. A child who is having difficulty separating is given hugs and assurances that everything will be fine. The teacher and aide work closely with any upset children to get them involved in the activity at hand and to reassure parents of the well-being of the child.