Network of Sacred Heart Schools
Academics

Preschool & Kindergarten

St. Madeleine Sophie Barat

"Let us respect childhood; let us honor the soul of these small creatures of God who can already make choices of the best if we take the time to awaken their reason and make them use their judgment."

The Montessori Method at Sacred Heart

Sacred Heart's Preschool & Kindergarten (PSK) provides a safe and nurturing environment for children ages 3-6. Through a Montessori-inspired model, this three-year academic program--two years preschool, one year kindergarten--forms a strong foundation for a lifetime of learning and personal growth, and prepares students for continued success in elementary school.

Integrated seamlessly within the framework of a Sacred Heart education, the Montessori Method is an educational approach that begins with a fundamental premise that children are naturally eager for knowledge and capable of initiating learning in a supportive, thoughtfully prepared environment. Montessori-trained teachers are keen observers who, like Sacred Heart educators, place high value on the development of the whole child: cognitive, social, emotional, spiritual, and physical.

Preschool Program (PS1, PS2)

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  • Overview

    The Preschool consists of three classrooms with a maximum of 24 students and two certified Montessori teachers in each room. The classrooms are equipped with a full range of Montessori materials which help young children build independence through repeated practice of concrete experiences.

    In the Preschool curriculum, the five primary areas of guided, independent, or small group learning encompass Practical Life, SensorialLanguage, Math, Culture, and Science. Preschoolers also have access to an Outdoor Classroom, staffed by two trained Montessori teachers who design and lead multisensory lessons that engage the whole body and introduce the study of nature. 

    Last, at the center of daily discussions with young students, Grace & Courtesy are underscored as both Montessori and Sacred Heart community values, and set an important foundation for later experience with Code of the Heart (conduct expectations) in the Lower & Middle Schools.


  • Requirements

    A child must be three years old by May 31 to start school in August. The Montessori primary curriculum is designed as a three-year program (two years preschool, one year kindergarten). Therefore, Preschool students generally spend two years* in the same classroom before moving on to the Kindergarten.
     
    Before starting in Preschool, a child must be toilet-trained, ready to separate from their primary caregivers, and willing to interact positively with children and adults. We aim to nurture the child's interests by providing a balance of social-emotional learning and academic tasks.
     
    *Please note, children with June, July, and August birthdays typically will spend one (sometimes two) years in Preschool before moving on to Kindergarten.
  • Sample Daily Schedule

    7:45-8:15a.m.Arrivals
    8:15a.m.First Circle
    8:45a.m.Self-Directed Work Time or Music
    10:30a.m.Outdoor Play
    11:00a.m.Second Circle
    11:30a.m.Lunch or Half-Day Program Dismissal
    1:00p.m.Rest Time
    2:00p.m.Self-Directed Work Time
    3:00/3:15p.m.Dismissals

Kindergarten Program

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  • Overview

    The Kindergarten consists of two classrooms, each with 24 students and two teachers, one of whom is Montessori trained. The academic program combines elements of the Montessori classroom and other research-based programs, such as Writers Workshop, Guided Reading, and Math In Focus. Additionally, the Kindergarten program includes age-appropriate religion and global studies curriculum, as well as weekly PE, unstructured outdoor play, movement, and other physical activities.

    Kindergarten faculty are trained in
    Responsive Classroom practices, which combine social and academic learning throughout the day. Elements of this practice include delivering interactive lessons, and teacher language that gives students meaningful choices and sets high expectations and a positive tone for learning.

    Combined, these programs provide both an introduction and solid foundation to the academic and social emotional learning that will continue in the Lower & Middle Schools.
     
  • Requirements

    Admission to Kindergarten is based on a child’s age, social and emotional maturity, and academic readiness. Sacred Heart preschool students typically fill the majority of Kindergarten openings.

    For the 2019-2020 school year, we anticipate approximately 20 openings for new Kindergarten students. Children need to be five years old by May 31 to start Kindergarten in August. Children with summer birthdays who have completed Kindergarten at another school often repeat Kindergarten at SHS.
  • Sample Daily Schedule

    7:45-8:15a.m.Arrivals
    8:20a.m.Morning Meeting & Greeing
    8:45a.m.Math in Focus, Library, or Handwriting
    9:45a.m.Recess
    10:15a.m.Guided Reading, Writing Workshop
    NoonLunch & Recess
    1:00p.m.Calendar Activities & Presentations
    1:45p.m.SEL (Social Emotional Learning), Religion, Global Studies, Writing
    3:00/3:15p.m.Dismissals

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Preschool & Kindergarten Programs

PSK Activities & Opportunities

  • Annual Cultural Celebrations
  • Music & Art 
  • Physical Education (K)
  • Tasting Garden Cultivation
  • SHS Farm Visits & Animal Care
  • Community Action/Service Projects
  • Sacred Heart Traditions
  • Heritage & Faith Sharing
  • K-12 Musical Production
  • Enrichment Programs
  • Before- and After-School Care
Where Scholarship and Values Matter
Founded by the Society of the Sacred Heart, SHS is a Catholic, independent, co-ed day school for students in preschool through grade 12