Our whole family loves St Mary’s, not only the preschool, but the church as well, six of our family members have attended the preschool, one child started in the first class, can’t say enough good things about St. Mary’s.
Miss Helen has done a great job of handling the girl drama and encouraging them to meet new friends within class.
I love the way you take care of our kids. I am never worried as I trust Miss Tina as if she is a close member of my family.
The extended family feeling and the love the teachers have for their jobs and the children they teach thru faith centered focus.
Loving staff, willingness to take advice, great playground, faith formation, security measures, classroom offerings, good classroom size, lunch Bunch, reasonably priced. It’s all great!
The compassion, care and commitment of the teachers and administrators is unbelievable. They are all fully engaged with the students and their families every step of the way. I am more than impressed with this school and our experience.
Miss Helen has a very gentle demeanor and encouraged trying. Based on the projects that came home Miss Helen supported making an attempt and allowed room for my child to complete the task as an individual which may not have always been how the task was meant to be done. This is very important at such a young age.
Accommodations throughout the day was provided to my child to help address his developmental and emotional delays.
St. Mary’s has established a welcoming environment where I feel very comfortable leaving my child for hours each week. The program has changed each year and for the best. I appreciate all of the thought that goes in to planning each year.
The teachers are amazing at knowing, greeting, and developing a relationship with each student through time spent together getting to know them.
She is more social, shares her toys and thoughts freely and talks about Jesus and Mary
St. Mary’s Preschool is a Diocesan school under the direction of the Office of Catholic Schools and the guidelines for the Virginia Catholic Education Association’s early childhood programs. We are licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia and meet strict standards for health and safety. Our program interprets the general goals of early childhood education as being primarily the development of the whole child and we are committed to offering opportunities for balanced growth in all areas: social, emotional, cognitive, physical, creative, and spiritual. We are a ministry to young families, working closely with the parents as our partners in education, and are dedicated to providing a quality Catholic preschool program. We look to our parish community as our sponsors and benefactors to meet the needs of the community in a Christ-centered environment.
A Catholic preschool develops a love of Jesus and knowledge of the presence of God in the lives of the children it serves. Foundations are laid in the Catholic faith as children experience positive interaction with Christian adult role models. We recognize each child as a unique gift from God. Our curriculum incorporates the liturgical calendar and monthly themes that include elements of religious education appropriate for preschoolers. All of our classes attend monthly adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and our 4 year old classes attend Mass the first Friday of each month.
PHILOSOPHY AND GOALS
St. Mary’s Preschool will give young children a wonderful opportunity to grow and explore. It will provide a loving, secure environment in which children will develop spiritually, physically, cognitively, and socially. Our goals are to provide healthy Catholic values, a positive self-image, and a spirit of sharing through a cooperative relationship with our Preschool families. St. Mary’s Preschool admits students of any race, color, national, or ethnic origin.
LEARNING THROUGH PLAY
Play is the most developmentally appropriate and productive avenue for young children’s learning. Play has all the characteristics of a complete educational process. It secures concentration for a great length of time. It develops initiative, imagination and interest. There is complete emotional involvement. Play is inherently individual and has no pre-determined expectations. There can be no “failure” in play. Each child is free to succeed at self-chosen tasks, and this success leads to feelings of competence, self-worth, and the willingness to try new things.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
The Commonwealth of Virginia and the Fairfax County Health Department require that health forms with current immunizations be submitted to us at the beginning of each school year.
All preschoolers must be “potty trained” before entering our program.