St. James offers a Day School for children 1, 2, 3, and 4 years old, with approximately 70 children currently enrolled. School is in session weekly, Monday through Thursday from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Monthly field trips are planned to exciting places such as the pumpkin patch, a local pizza restaurant where students make their own pizzas, apple picking followed by making applesauce, strawberry picking, etc.
Our basic philosophy of education for the preschool child is:
To develop the habit of creative thinking To develop within the child a positive self-image To develop attitudes of social cooperation and moral responsibility To develop a knowledge and appreciation of persons, things, and events in the environment To provide a readiness program which utilizes the experiences of the children while building a foundation for future math and reading skills To establish and maintain an open relationship with parents
At St. James Day School we assess each child's developmental level and attempt to meet their individual needs by providing opportunities which will help them reach their optimum level of maturity. During the school day, time is allotted to work with children individually, in small groups and as a large group, which provides varied opportunities for social interaction as well as educational reinforcement. Opportunities are available to see and create art, to hear and produce music, to take part in creative drama and movement exercises, to share the joys of exploring various forms of literature, and to get involved with nature and science as well as pre-kindergarten skills. We love to incorporate cooking into our classes. We plan a field trip each month.
In keeping with the long tradition of education in the Episcopal Church, once a week the three and four year old students attend an age-appropriate Chapel service in the nave of St. James Church. In chapel, we sing songs, hear Bible stories and learn prayers. Parents are always welcome in chapel and encouraged to attend when they can.
Creative outdoor play is an important part of a successful preschool program. Large muscle development is one of the top priorities in a child's growth. Our playground will help make such progress a possibility. This area includes slides, swings, a crawl tunnel, a climbing frame, a playhouse, a sandbox, and a variety of riding toys. We also have a gym to use during inclement weather.
School hours are 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. The public school schedule will be observed in cases of holidays and snow days.
We are now accepting registrations for the 2017-2018 school year. Please contact Director Katie Allen at 864-884-9095 for further information. All children must be the correct age for their class by Sept. 1, 2017.
ST. JAMES DAY SCHOOL NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT
St. James Day School provides a learning environment in the Episcopal (Christian) tradition for the spiritual, social, emotional, intellectual and physical development of its students.
St. James Day School serves as a missional and educational arm of St. James Episcopal Church and is considered an outreach ministry to the community. St. James Day School admits students of any religion, race, color, gender, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin and/or familial status to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. Further, St. James Day School does not discriminate on the basis of religion, race, color, gender, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin and/or familial status in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administrated programs, or otherwise discriminate in violation of federal, state or local law.