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Engaging New Learners


We believe that each child and his/her family are a gift from God, possessing special, unique talents. Our goal for the Little Comets Academy at St. Pius X Catholic School is to provide a nurturing environment where each child can develop, grow, and learn, enabling him/her to fully experience the world God has created for each of them.

St. Pius X Catholic School's pre-kindergarten program is open to children who are 3 ½ to 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. Our philosophy is that children learn by exploring, getting messy, investigating their questions, and problem-solving with their friends. 

We have both a half-day (8:10 am to 12:00 pm) and a full-day option in our pre-K (8:10 am to 3:10 pm).  Because our Little Comets Academy is part of a K-8 school, our pre-kindergarten students have multiple enrichment opportunities, such as Chapel, Library, PE, Guidance, ASL, and prayer buddies (6th graders). We also have a variety of after-school activities and an after-school program (3:15-5:30 pm) in which pre-kindergarteners may participate.


Curricular areas:


Spiritual Growth
  • Bible stories to learn that we are all part of God's family
  • Learning prayers
  • Attending mass
  • Spending time with our prayer buddies (6th grade)
  • Spirit of Truth program
  • School-wide Virtues in Practice program
Cognitive Development
  • Hands-on learning and problem-solving to learn about our world
  • Center-based learning allowing students to learn at their own pace
  • Leveled differentiation in small groups with guided lessons in math and literacy
  • Authentic learning through thematic units
  • Handwriting Without Tears program
Social Skills
  • Learning to share and play with others
  • Clear, positive expectations communicated through our classroom management plan
  • “Green” and “red” choices
Self-Help Skills
  • Gain independence by taking care of their personal needs
  • Follow multi-step directions
Motor Skills
  • Gross motor skills: daily opportunities to move, crawl, climb, walk, skip, throw, and run
  • Fine motor skills: learn to use two hands together, and then learn to manipulate materials and toys in play with increasingly refined skill
Enrichment Opportunities
  • American Sign Language
  • Physical education
  • Art
  • Guidance lessons
  • Library visits