Engaging New Learners
St. Pius X School’s pre-K is open to children who are 4 and 5 years old. Our program is designed to expose students to early level learning, to allow the maximum amount of time for socialization, to learn the building blocks of faith, and to develop the skills necessary for success in kindergarten. We implement a theme-based curriculum and firmly believe that children learn by doing, getting messy, investigating their questions, and problem-solving with their friends. We offer lessons and activities in the areas of literacy, language, math, science, social studies, creative arts, gross and fine motor skills, and social skills (character education), as well as the age-appropriate integration of technology. Our teachers, design intentional play activities and explorations that meet the needs of individual students. Small group instruction and interactions in centers help the students to develop academically, socially, and physically. In March, pre-kindergarten students take the Brigance Early Childhood Screening to assess their readiness for kindergarten.
We have both full-time and part-time pre-K. Full-time follows our regular school schedule from 8:10 am to 3:10 pm, while parents may pick up students attending part time at 12:15 pm. We have two pre-K classrooms. Enrollment is capped at 16 students per class, and each class has both a teacher and a full-time instructional assistant. In addition to the rich learning environment in the classroom, pre-K students at St. Pius X Catholic School receive instruction in Spanish, American Sign Language, music, and physical education. They go to our library weekly in the second half of the year and may check out books to take back to their classroom.