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Early Education Program

Supporting the Optimal Development of Each Child

Our program is centered on the values of trust, relationships, respect, responsibility and community through play, exploration and discovery in a supportive and enriching environment constructed on the interests of the children. We believe, when children feel safe and develop healthy, trusting relationships, cognitive development is fostered.

St. Mary's Early Education Program

Follows the International Baccalaureate (IB) standards as well as the guidelines for developmentally appropriate practice set forth by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

The Primary Years Programme

  • Encourages international-mindedness in students.
  • Encourages a positive attitude to learning by engaging students in inquiries and developing their awareness of the process of learning so that they become lifelong learners.
  • Promotes investigation of meaningful learning centers and builds students’ problem solving and critical thinking skills.
  • Reflects real life by encouraging learning beyond traditional subjects with meaningful, in-depth inquiries into real issues.

St. Mary's Faculty

St. Mary’s highly educated teaching staff supplements self-directed student activities with large group, small group and one-on-one activities. These student-centered, teacher facilitated activities ensure that all students are given the opportunity to reach their highest potential developmentally and academically, while nurturing the whole child.

Shelly Harmon 

Head of Early Education Program

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In Preschool through Early Kindergarten, students explore how to embody the IB Learner Profile.

The IB Learner Profile represents 10 attributes valued by IB World Schools. We believe these attributes, and others like them can help individuals and groups become responsible members of local, national and global communitities.

Our Programs

In addition to our IB learners striving to encompass the IB Learner Profile attributes they also participate in the following:

Chapel on Monday Mornings
Chapel is a developmentally appropriate, spiritual learning experience including music and movement, prayer, and Bible stories. Additionally, we expose children to other walks of faith and are welcoming of all.
Language Acquisition Classes

Spanish is incorporated in classrooms throughout the school day, and formal Spanish education is offered in Preschool and Early Kindergarten on a daily basis. We give children the foundation that prepares them for Lower School and sets them on a path of life-long learning.

After-school Enrichment & Extended Care

Outside of the school day, we do offer two other opportunities for children. After-school enrichment classes expand on our well-rounded education, such as art, science, music & movement and sports. Additionally, Extended Care, staffed with fully qualified teachers, provides opportunities for self-select play and fun activities including games, art and gardening before and after the regular school day. The various options within our program offer families support and choices in a safe, caring environment on campus, providing their children with opportunities to further engage in activities while expanding their knowledge and skills.