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. The student-to-teacher ratio is two teachers per 14 children.

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.

Beginning in January, we offer extended day for our JK students, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday of each week. During this time, the students have lunch and are offered learning experiences in Science, Math, Language and Social Studies.  This also is designed to help them prepare for the longer school day to follow in elementary school.

Pre-K and JK classes come together each week for “Fabulous Friday.”  This unique time provides the children extensive exploration in the outdoor and indoor classrooms. This is a collaborative effort to promote interconnectedness between the age groups.

January – May – Extended Day until 2:00 pm every Monday through Thursday.


9:00 – 9:30 Arrival, put away bagsand folders, journals and math tubbing
9:30 – 9:40 Morning meeting to discuss daily activities
9:40 – 10:50 Center activities, snack
10:50 – 11:10 Group time
11:10 – 11:55 Outdoor play
12:00 Dismissal