The Saint Luke Preschool & Pre-K Program provides a rich environment of growth, play, and learning. Children are encouraged to learn by engaging in new experiences and creative play. Our aim is to develop the whole child spiritually, cognitively, emotionally, and physically. Classes are offered for 3 & 4 year olds.
3-year old classes are offered in the morning from 8:15 – 11:15. Three options are available:
- Monday – Friday
- Monday – Wednesday – Friday
- Tuesday & Thursday
4-year old classes are Monday through Friday from 8:00 – 3:00. Extended Day is available for Pre-K students.
Children must be at least 3 or 4 years old by September 30 of the current school year to be eligible for their respective class. Students must be fully potty trained. Pull Ups are NOT allowed.
For more information or to schedule a tour, please email Anne Ryan Craig, Preschool Director, or call the Front Office at 703.356.1508.
Saint Luke School complies with the Arlington Diocese curriculum
guidelines for preschool and the Commonwealth of Virginia’s
Foundation Blocks for Early Learning. Our class follows
a daily routine and content is based on monthly themes
with specific thematic units each week. The curriculum is flexible
and allows us to focus on individual class/student needs.
Our Preschool staff embraces the Orton Gillingham approach to teaching. This tactile, multisensory approach to teaching letter recognition and sounds employs a variety of mediums including sand, skywriting, textured mats, and play doh.
The Orton Gillingham approach is complemented by our responsive classroom style which is based on the belief that integrating academics and social-emotional skills create an environment where students thrive. The whole child develops academic, social, and emotional skills in a learning environment that is developmentally responsive to his/her strengths and needs. It’s a fun and personal way for students to connect with one another and their teachers.
- Language Arts: Each week, a new letter is introduced. Our objective for the students is to understand that each letter makes a sound and teaches students how to properly write letters.
- Math: Basic math is taught through the understanding of shapes, colors, counting, numerals, classification, patterning, forming and writing numbers.
- Science: Basic science is taught by integrating the five senses, cooking projects, and using a variety of materials to explore the world.
- Religion: The warm atmosphere of love and acceptance in the Preschool environment lends itself to lessons taught from the Children’s Bible and the SEEDS curriculum which offers a lively way for young children to experience the Gospel.
We celebrate mass as a school at 9:00 am every Wednesday. In early fall, Pre-K students begin attending mass with the school.
Arrival & Dismissal
All Preschool & Pre-K students enter the building through Door 11 and are met by preschool staff at 7:50 am. Preschool students are dismissed from this door at 11:15 am. Parents may drive up to the door and preschool staff will walk students to their respective cars.
Pre-K students are dismissed at 2:50 pm from the main entrance, Door 1.
School begins promptly at 8:00 a.m. Students arriving after 8:15 a.m. must sign in at the Front Office.
- Absences must be reported prior to 8:00 a.m. by emailing Anne Ryan Craig or the Front Office or by calling 703.356.1508
- Notify Mrs. Craig of any scheduled absences.
Extended Day is available for Pre-K students from 3:00 – 6:00 pm.
All Preschool students must follow the dress code and wear the Saint Luke School uniform. Uniforms are available for purchase from FlynnO’Hara. The school also has gently used uniforms that are available for students. All students must have an extra uniform available at school.
Pre-K students rest for 1 hour each day in compliance with the Virginia Department of Social Services.
Snacks & Lunch
The Preschool classroom is a nut-free room; we can accommodate students with food allergies.
All snacks are provided by the school and are compliant with preschool licensing guidelines, i.e., string cheese, crackers, 100% apple juice.
Only Pre-K students eat lunch at school and they must provide their own meals. All food brought in, including lunches, must be clearly labeled with your child’s name, date, and description.
We are excited to have Ahita Lalljie and Kara Hartnett as room mothers this year. We are grateful for their help, time, and dedication. They are true angels!