Beaches Campus Pre-K 3 and Pre-K 4
The Early Childhood Program at the Beaches Campus includes both a three and four-year- old class. Children are encouraged to interact, grow, and actively learn in a developmentally appropriate environment. We strive to encourage a sense of independence and excitement in young children as they begin their formal educational experience. Inviting and cheerful classrooms provide conducive areas for developmental learning activities.
Social and emotional development is of utmost importance at this age as it is an indicator of future academic success. Our program fosters literacy by engaging in pre-reading, pre-writing, listening, and speaking skills. Math, science, and social studies are taught by providing hands-on experiences which stimulate inquiry based learning.
The children participate in weekly chapel services where they learn about God's unconditional love for them. Depending on the age, they also participate in enrichment classes which include music, art, computer science, Christian education, Spanish, and library.
Our buddy program pairs younger and older students allowing the smallest children good role models to look up to and ensures that the older students appreciate the opportunity for leadership responsibilities.
The Beaches Episcopal School Pre-K 3 and Pre-K 4 programs provide a wholesome environment for learning by offering a variety of experiences where students are encouraged to develop inquisitive and creative minds. Ultimately, we work to inspire children and help them begin to see the connections that exist in their world as they prepare for a lifetime of learning.
St. Mark's Campus Pre-K 3 and Pre-K 4
Pre-Kindergarten years are busy and exciting, with the children rapidly developing through their daily experiences and interactions in the world. At St. Mark’s, we utilize each child’s natural curiosity to drive their desire for learning and to promote growth in all areas of development. Our developmentally appropriate approach to exploring each fascinating topic of childhood learning incorporates learning in the following domains: intellectual, social, physical, spiritual, and emotional.
We provide low student-teacher ratios in each class, creating a superb classroom environment. Each class has a degreed, certified teacher, as well as a qualified teaching assistant. Our small class sizes and expertise of our faculty allow us to connect with each child and challenge them to new goals.
Our preschool classrooms and playgrounds are child-centered, designed for safety and exploration, and provide opportunities for social and physical development. Recognizing the importance of the outdoors, we dedicate time each day to explore these spaces. We also visit several unique classrooms on our campus as part of our resource program, which includes Art, Chapel, Innovation Lab (Pre-K 4), Library, Movement, Music, and Spanish.
Children (who must be age three by September 1 of the current school year to be eligible for our Pre-Kindergarten 3 program) may be enrolled to come to our program either three or five days each week. Our Pre-K 4 students (who must be age four by September 1 of the current school year) attend a five day program.
We offer Early Morning Care available starting as early as 7:15 a.m., with the school day officially starting at 7:55 a.m.. You can also choose from several dismissal options, including noon for our half-day students, 3:15 p.m. to coordinate with our older grades, or through 6:00 p.m. for those needing extended care. Read more on Extended Day care.
Students staying for lunch will also take a nap during their time with us. After their rest period, organized activities are planned for them on a rotating schedule, similar to our elementary students’ Electives Program. Those who stay beyond 3:15 p.m. will experience additional projects, play, and an afternoon snack. There are also several opportunities throughout the year for the Pre-Kindergarten students to be involved in our After School Activities, including Ballet, Cooking with Kids, LEGO Engineering 101, Martial Arts, Soccer, and more!
We don’t stop at the academic year, though! Pre-Kindergarten children are welcome to enroll in our Camp CREATE Summer Program available during the nine weeks of summer.
Early Learning Program (St. Mark's Campus, Age 1 and 2)
The toddler years are full of activity and learning opportunities as these little ones are already beginning to develop into confident learners. Their relationships and experiences during the early years of life have a significant impact on their overall growth and development.
Teachers on the St. Mark's Campus lovingly enhance their budding inquisitiveness, critical thinking, and problem solving skills through a curriculum designed with purposeful language development, hands-on learning experiences, and social opportunities.
Intentional and Play-based
Our play-based program provides a safe and nurturing environment to attempt new things.
- Daily lessons focus on all the sensory motor areas (sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste).
- Every child participates in art which coordinates with our thematic units stimulating gross- and fine-motor skills.
- New vocabulary and rich conversational language is infused throughout each day.
The Early Learning Program has a dedicated playground with age-appropriate equipment that promotes motor skills, exploration, and social development. Our dedicated staff knows toddlers need interactive, responsive, and intentional teaching. We regularly provide training for our teaching staff, learning of new theories, best practices, and formative brain development strategies to ensure we provide a strong foundation in early childhood education. St. Mark’s Campus also helps you know what to expect from your child throughout the year by offering a developmentally appropriate assessment (the Ages and Stages Questionnaire, or ASQ), offering parent education seminars in our SPEAK series, and being in regular communication with you about your child’s development.
Children (who must be age one or two by September 1 of the current school year) may be enrolled to come to our program two, three, or all five days of the week. Depending on the schedule you choose, your child will participate in several of our resource classes including Library, Movement, Music, and Spanish.
Extended Day Program
We offer Early Morning Care available starting as early as 7:15, with the school day officially starting at 7:55. You can also choose from several dismissal options, including noon for our half-day students, 3:15 p.m. alongside our upper school community, or through 6:00 p.m. for those needing extended care.
Students staying for lunch will also take a nap during their time with us. Those who stay beyond 3:15 p.m. will experience additional projects, play, and an afternoon snack.
We don’t stop at the academic year, though! Rising ELP II children are welcome to enroll in our Camp CREATE Summer Program available during the nine weeks of summer. View more information.
Our program is accredited by the NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) -- the mark of quality in early childhood education.
Our ELP teachers and assistants have diverse backgrounds, certifications, and extensive teaching experience. In addition to workshops in continuing education for both teachers and assistants, all employees are trained annually in infant, child, and adult CPR and First Aid, and the Episcopal Diocese Safeguarding God’s Children course.