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Early Childhood


Learning Through Play - The St. Mary's Way

Early Threes, Preschool, Pre-K, Kindergarten

For our two, three, four, and five-year-olds, we offer a developmental program designed to stimulate growth in the areas of fine and gross motor skills, social and emotional development, and cognitive skills.

St. Mary's Early Childhood programs nurture and inspire curious, confident, joyful learners.

Learning through play is an instrumental part of our early childhood programs. This is combined with high-quality experiences promoting personal, social, and cognitive growth and skill development that young children need.

There's a reason why Edmond parents have chosen St. Mary's for their child's first school experience for 45 years - St. Mary's offers distinctive programs you just won't find elsewhere. 

Beyond Your Average Preschool

Collaborating with parents and parent involvement is integral in our Early Childhood program. There are many opportunities for parents to volunteer and get involved within the community. Regular Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled throughout the year to benchmark students’ progress socially, emotionally and academically.

St. Mary's Early Childhood students truly benefit from being part of an exceptional elementary school. Early childhood students are enriched with specialized instruction in music, science, Spanish, PE, library, art, and chapel. Having specialized teachers in these subject areas also supports them throughout their years at SMES as they build meaningful relationships with each of these teachers. 

The Early Childhood program is dedicated to the education of the whole child, which includes countless opportunities for outdoor learning and play. Our expansive campus provides rich outdoor experiences, places to explore, and lessons and activities that cultivate our students' natural curiosity about nature. It's not uncommon to see a kindergarten class practicing sight words with sidewalk chalk, a pre-k class on a nature walk, or a preschool class enhancing a lesson in one of our outdoor classrooms.

St. Mary's faculty offers a wide variety of clubs and activities each year. Popular activities that early childhood students may enroll in include Mini Pep Squad, Lego Club, Tumbling Club, and Yoga Camps. 

Early Childhood Offerings

St. Mary's Early Threes program is designed to give young children an introduction to our preschool program. 

This is a two-day class on Tuesdays and Thursdays for children that are 2.5, but not older than 3.5, (and potty trained) by September 1st. The class runs from 8:15-2:15. Before & After School Care is available. 

Maximum class size is 12 students. Early Threes classes will have a Teacher and a Teaching Assistant. 

St. Mary's offers full-time (Monday-Friday) and part-time (Monday/Wednesday/Friday) preschool. These classes run from 8:15-2:15 with optional before & after school care available. 

To enter preschool, students must be three years old (and potty trained) on or before September 1st of the desired school year. 

Preschool classes have a maximum of 16 students in the classroom and will have a Teacher and Teaching Assistant. 

St. Mary's Pre-K Program runs Monday-Friday from 8:15 - 2:15. Optional before & after school care is available for all students. 

To enter Pre-K, students must be 4 years old on or before September 1st of the desired school year. 

Pre-K classes have a maximum of 16 students per classroom and will have a Teacher and Teaching Assistant. 

Kindergarten offers St. Mary's students a step into Elementary School. They begin wearing a uniform this year, and start traveling to enrichment classrooms. 

Kindergarten classes have a maximum of 16 students per class, and a 12:1 student to teacher ratio, with a teaching assistant brought in once there are 13 students enrolled in a class. 

We'd love to hear from you! Reach out to our admissions office with any questions about our early childhood programs and how to give your child the gift of a St. Mary's Start. 

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