St. Mary’s Episcopal School

Reflects the joy of learning and growth in the love of God, family and friends.

Junior Kindergarten

The JK is designed for children who are eligible for kindergarten but may need more time socially and emotionally before entering a formal elementary school program.  These children are typically 5 years old when the JK experience begins.

This program provides young students with positive experiences that are important in establishing the foundation for future school attitudes and success. We include activities to encourage creativity, critical thinking, exploration, and discovery in a developmentally appropriate learning environment. Our investigative approach to learning provides children with daily opportunities for math, reading, science, journal writing, phonemic awareness, art, music, scientific exploration, dramatic play, and cooperative play as we prepare the children for success in kindergarten. This class has the option of an extended day, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of each week.

The student-to-teacher ratio is two teachers per 14 children. Beginning in January, we offer extended day for our JK students, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of each week.

Pre-K and JK classes come together each week for “Fabulous Friday.” “Fabulous Friday” provides the children an extended amount of time to explore and investigate the indoor and outdoor classrooms.


8:55 Children arrive at school through carpool
9:00 – 9:10 Children put away jackets, snacks, and folders
9:10 – 9:25 Children meet together in a large group to discuss their daily routines (schedules, jobs, special activities)
9:25 – 10:25 Center Activities – children choose from activities that include but are not limited to: manipulatives, puzzles, books, blocks, housekeeping, sand/water (touch table), science discovery, art, music
10:25 – 10:45 Snack time – children bring a snack from home to eat during this time
10:45 – 11:00 Large group – during this time, teachers may read a book to the children, recite poetry with the children, sing songs, do movement activities, cook a special snack, etc.
11:00 – 11:55 Outdoor play
12:00 Dismissal – children usually sing a song or have a goodbye ritual for each day and are dismissed to carpool or to after school activities