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Saint Rita Catholic School

Preschool - Grade 8
3801 Russell Road, Alexandria, VA 22305

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 small 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.

Our preschool classroom is a play-based environment that is designed to develop the whole child. Opened in the fall of 2011, the Saint Rita Catholic Preschool offers parents a unique program that blends a classic, child-centered preschool experience with the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd or Atrium.

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.

Student:Teacher Ratio

  • Angels (2 year olds)- 5:1
    Children who have turned two years old by September 30th are eligible for our Angels program. Children do not need to be toilet-trained to register.
  • Lambs (3 year olds) – 5:1
    Children who have turned three years old by September 30th are eligible for our Lambs program. All Lambs must be fully toilet-trained by the start of the preschool year.
  • Shepherds (4, 5 year olds) – 10:1
    Children who have turned four years old by September 30th are eligible for our Shepherds program. All Shepherds must be fully toilet-trained by the start of the preschool year.

All classes have a lead teacher and a full time aide.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

All children at Saint Rita Catholic Preschool have Atrium time as part of their weekly program.

Enrichment

Saint Rita Catholic Preschool offers weekly enrichment classes including Music and P.E.

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