Saint Rita Catholic Preschool
Saint Rita Catholic Preschool embraces the idea that “the soul of education is the education of the soul” (Pope Pius XI). We are a half-day Catholic preschool dedicated to forming children intellectually and spiritually using the teaching of the Catholic Church. We treasure faith in Jesus Christ and are dedicated to serving His people.
Opened in the fall of 2011, Saint Rita Catholic Preschool offers a traditional child-centered play-based classroom, where children pray, sing, read stories, learn letters and numbers, play make believe, create beautiful art, and enjoy a morning snack followed by recess on our preschool playground.
Our unique program blends this traditional play-based classroom with the faith-based Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Atrium) program. The Atrium is a specially prepared environment to aid the child’s spiritual development. Based on the Montessori method, the Atrium offers a hands-on approach with unique materials concerning the most essential and age-appropriate aspects of the Catholic faith: introduction to the Liturgy and the Church, the Kingdom Parables, the Sacraments of Baptism and the Eucharist, and the life of Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd.
All of our classes run 8:15-11:45 am with an optional Lunch Bunch extension opportunity until 1:30 pm.
Angels: Our 2-3 Year Old Program
Our littlest souls attend two or three mornings per week, in small classes taught by a lead teacher and an instructional assistant, providing a 5:1 student to teacher ratio. Angels must have turned two by September 30 to register, and do not yet need to be toilet trained.
The 3-day Angels class runs Monday-Wednesday and the 2-day class runs Thursday-Friday.
Lambs: Our 3-4 Year Old Program
Our little lambs attend three mornings per week, either Monday-Wednesday-Friday or Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday. The lead teacher and instructional assistant for the class provide a 5:1 student to teacher ratio. Lambs participate in 90 minute Atrium sessions each week and also attend School Mass on a rotating schedule. To register, Lambs must have turned three by September 30 and must be fully toilet-trained.
Shepherds: Our 4-5 Year Old Program
Our Shepherds begin building the skills and stamina they will need for Kindergarten in this class, which meets Monday-Friday mornings. With a lead teacher and an instructional assistant, the Shepherds class enjoys a 10:1 student to teacher ratio. Students work and play independently and collaboratively to build their pre-kindergarten academic and social skills, and continue their 90 minute weekly Atrium sessions and School Mass attendance. Shepherds must have turned four by September 30 and be fully toilet-trained.