St. John Primary’s Pre-Kindergarten is a full day program. The curriculum and development program is designed to best meet each student’s needs. To enter PK, a student must be 4 years old by September 30th of the enrolled school year. In preparation for SJP's Kindergarten program, the PK program introduces a rigorous curriculum that includes sight words, letter sounds, and number sense. Each student progresses with help and encouragement to explore and search for answers in a loving and structured environment. At St. John Primary, much emphasis is placed upon each student's spiritual, as well as, academic development. Weekly Mass and daily prayer experiences are provided, as well as, an increase of knowledge about God and friendship with Jesus. Students develop within a play-oriented curriculum with emphasis on language arts, problem solving, motor skills, following directions, and social skills. Creative experiences provide age appropriate opportunities for students to explore, such as cooking, music and movement, constructive play, and various art projects. Teachers provide students with opportunities to discover, gather information, classify, organize materials, process information, make decisions, and solve problems which reinforce the curriculum. PK students have weekly Library and Music classes.
The Kindergarten program at St. John Primary is designed to provide students with a strong academic foundation in a Christ-centered environment. Emphasis is placed on Catholic faith values which are integrated throughout the curriculum. The religion curriculum encourages students to recognize life and religion as a whole, which gives the students the opportunity to develop as individuals and gain an appreciation and respect for all of God’s creations. To further develop their Catholic faith, students attend weekly Mass and are exposed to prayer throughout each day.
The foundation for learning is set in an environment that provides basic reading, writing, math, science, and social studies skills to ensure future academic success. The students participate in many activities throughout the day that include whole group instruction, small group instruction, peer collaboration, and learning centers that promote independent learning. Teachers provide opportunities for students to remember, understand, apply, analyze, evaluate, and create. Kindergarten students participate in weekly music, computer, and library classes. To enter Kindergarten, a student must be 5 years old by September 30th of the enrolled school year.