Welcome to the Primary Division!
At St. John’s Episcopal Primary Division we believe that, as teachers of young children we need to prepare our students to be professionals of tomorrow. The way we need to educate children changes rapidly especially with technology and the way we are bringing up our children has changed. Teachers not only play one role in today’s world, they must be a coach, facilitator and supported of student’s pursuit of knowledge.
The philosophy of the early childhood program very much concentrates on developing the whole child. The school’s program is accelerated from K4 all the way through Grade 8. The early childhood program’s main focus is developing the skills to help students learn in the accelerated classroom. Not focused solely on learning the benchmarks needed but also the social and emotional needs each child needs to cope and positively cultivate in the classroom. The School’s mission is to provide a “superior educational experience in a nurturing Christian environment.” The early childhood program provides this by constantly monitoring the student’s needs in all aspects of each child’s daily classroom experience. We embrace a philosophy and approach that recognizes that each child comes to us with unique backgrounds, dreams, and goals, and that it is our responsibility to provide a nurturing environment that helps each student be successful. What distinguishes St. John’s is that we provide a safe and nurturing environment in which each child is encouraged to take risks, to stretch their thinking, and challenge themselves to their fullest potential.
Primary Division Curriculum
The Primary Division of St. John’s offers challenging academic programs for K(4) and K(5) students within a nurturing Christian environment.
Early emphasis on the building blocks of phonics and mathematics means every St. John’s student leaves the Primary Division reading independently and in command of basic math facts. We also recognize the importance of educating the whole child and offer instruction in the fine arts, as well as enrichment classes such as P.E., computer, library, science, divinity, character education, and Spanish.
The Primary Division Experience
At the Primary Division at St. John’s, teachers are dedicated to preparing our youngest students to be citizens and leaders of tomorrow. As education and, indeed, child-rearing, has changed, teaching has changed as well. However, we hold fast to core values of respect, kindness, a love of learning, and an understanding that we are all children of God.
The focus of the early childhood program is on developing the whole child. Our experienced teachers understand the needs and talents of four-and five-year-olds and have crafted a curriculum and structured daily routine to play to their distinctive strengths. Laying a strong foundation in preparation for the exciting and challenging program students will experience in the Lower and Middle Division is key. So is nurturing the social and emotional skills each child needs to succeed in the classroom and in life.
Starting in K(5), students bring home a reader twice a week to read aloud at home for practice. On Wednesdays, all workbooks go home with K(5) students, so parents can review their work and see their progress. From the beginning, we teach students the value of structured after-school academic work, which helps them become used to the idea that learning does not end at the end of the school day. Parents, too, benefit from getting this behind-the-scenes view of their child’s growth.
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‘Ms. Jennie’ as the students affectionately call her, has been with St. John’s since 2003! She’s the first joyful face you see when you enter the Primary School, and is always there to lend a hand.