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St. Thomas Episcopal School

1416 North Loop 1604
San Antonio, TX 78232

(210) 494-3509


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Establishing daily routines is an important part of the philosophy at St. Thomas. We believe that children learn best when they feel comfortable in their environment and when they know what to expect.

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

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  • Puzzles
  • games, charts, some graphing
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • 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
  • water and sand tables, cooking activities, guest speakers
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • movement activities, songs that reinforce language development
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
  • Field Day activities
Other subjects taught Our students receive instruction in Spanish, and they have library time each week. Occasional computer instruction in the school's lab is available as well. Students even receive religious instruction in daily chaple services.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

St. Thomas stresses the imporance of a developmental approach. Positive, age appropriate activities are designed to promote spiritual, social, physical, and mental growth.

A Typical Day

A daily schedule is sent home with students. Open communication between parents and teachers is encouraged.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We communicate daily with parents through daily schedules, newsletters, telephone conversations, and drop-ins. A formal meeting is called each November to discuss children's progress. Other meetings can be called by parents or teachers at any time.We certainly encourage our parents to look at our kindergarten or Gift of Time classes. The GOT class is designed for students who need a little more time to develop the skills they need to be successful in elementary school. We also suggest some area public schools for those who wan to pursue that route.

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
  • 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:

  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

We invite students to come in to their classrooms and to get involved with activities quickly. We also educate parents on the importance of encouraging their children to be excited about playing with other children. We have very few pre-schoolers who do not immediately immerse themselves in the activities.