Early Learning Programs at OLF

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We are excited to announce that beginning Fall 2018, our early learning programs will be fully-licensed under the Department of Early Learning. This will allow us to extend our hours that we offer to better meet the needs of working families and to promote enrichment opportunities for our early learners.

Our Approach to Early Learning

Our early learning programs seek to build a bridge to the kindergarten classroom. Integrating play with learning, each student has opportunities to develop their literacy and numeracy skills while also learning about the world around them.

To foster a responsive classroom, our teacher to student ratios do not exceed 1:10, with each class serving a maximum of 20 students. Each class is led by a certified early learning educator and an instructional aide that allows us to meet the diverse learning needs of our students. We believe this approach best equips our young learners with the social and academic readiness needed for the next steps on their educational journeys.

The classroom also promotes the spiritual growth of our students, building in prayer throughout the school day. Our preschool follows the pedagogy of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, an approach to the religious formation of children. It is rooted in the Bible, the liturgy of the church, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori. Children gather in an “atrium,” a room prepared for them, which contains simple yet beautiful materials they use to help them absorb the most essential proclamations of the Christian faith.

Our pre-kindergarten builds off this foundation, emphasizing our school values of love, community, faith, stewardship, and joy. Students learn the importance of respect and how to collaborate with each other. They grow in responsibility as they care for their classroom and the world around them, and they do so in a spirit that fills them with an excitement to explore and fosters a lifelong love of learning.

  • Eligible students for the preschool program must be 3 years old by August 31, 2018.
  • Eligible students for our pre-kindergarten program must be 4 years old by August 31, 2018.
  • All students must be independent in their ability to use the bathroom.

2018-2019 Early Learning Program Schedules and Proposed Tuition

Applicants for admission to preschool and pre-kindergarten will be considered in the following order:
1. Children of active, participating parish members who have siblings who will attend OLF during the next academic year.
2. Children of active, participating parish members as defined below who do not have siblings in the school.
3. Other children with siblings who will be in the school in the next academic year.
4. Other Catholics.
5. All other children.

Please Note: Students enrolled in Our Lady of Fatima’s pre-kindergarten program are not guaranteed admission into the following year’s kindergarten class. See our Application Requirements for more information.

Our Lady of Fatima Parish School admits students of any race, color, and national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, or national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, scholarships and loan programs, athletic programs, and other school-administered programs.

Please contact us at info@olfatima.org with questions or to request more information.