Our Preschool

Thank you for your interest in the preschool program.  We hope the following information will help you determine if Star of the Sea will be a match for your child.

Philosophy

Star of the Sea Preschool is a Catholic School directed by Ms. Jacqueline Maria Paras and under the guidance of the school Principal Mr. Terrence Hanley. Its goals include promoting the physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual development of each child.

Recognizing that childhood is a critical period in human development, Star of the Sea Preschool provides an environment in which children can grow and develop at their own rate, develop a positive self-image, learn to express emotion in an appropriate way, act on their environment, develop a sense of responsibility, and learn to trust those around them.

Each child is seen as a unique individual with particular interests, strengths and needs. By providing a nurturing environment where specially designed materials and activities lead to problem solving, independence, creativity and discovery, we hope to build a strong foundation for each child’s future.

Through loving guidance and unconditional acceptance, we hope to establish conditions for the development of self-discipline, self-respect, and self-confidence, all essential components for embarking on their journey.

Curriculum

Star of the Sea Preschool is a Catholic multi-age pre-primary curriculum guided by the principles and methodology of Maria Montessori. We believe that children learn best when they have the freedom to explore their environments, select materials that are self-correcting and given time to learn and absorb the concepts being investigated. The teacher is seen as a guide for the learning that occurs, and provides learning tasks or jobs based upon observation of the child. Life-long learning occurs most efficiently when the individual child’s interest and development determine the materials being offered for exploration.

In the classroom, there are four main subject areas: Practical Life, Sensorial, Math and Language. Along with these basic subjects are the Cultural Subjects, for example Art, Music and Science. In addition, the curriculum provides time for large and small motor development, basic Religious/Spiritual preparation and focus, and large group gatherings for problem-solving classroom challenges, acknowledging special events, holidays and people, and building community.

The Star of the Sea Preschool faculty and administrators work closely with the Elementary staff to insure a smooth transition to the Kindergarten at Star Elementary as well as with other public and private schools.

Enrollment

  • The maximum ratio of teachers to students is 1:10
  • The maximum group size is 30 each day.
  • The youngest child enrolled must be 3 years of age before September 1st

Before beginning preschool at Star of the Sea, a child must be toilet trained, ready to separate from parents, and interact positively with other children and adults.   Children not yet ready will be asked to withdraw and re-enroll at a later date.

For more information on Star of the Sea preschool or to schedule a visit in the classroom and tour the school, call 415-221-7449.

 

 

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