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Saint Joseph Preschool

Saint Joseph Preschool Curriculum

Seeking to provide a high-quality program on par with the high-quality education provided at Saint Joseph Grade School, Saint Joseph Preschool utilizes HighScope Curriculum and is registered as a Child Care Ministry with the State of Indiana, with the goal of becoming a Voluntary Certification Program.

HighScope is a model preschool program based on the ground-breaking research of the Perry Preschool Experiment. HighScope is well regarded in research communities for its child-centered, standards-based approach to early childhood education, and it consistently demonstrates evidence of lifelong academic, social, and behavioral success for children of all backgrounds. Additionally, faith development and religious education can easily be incorporated into the standard HighScope curriculum.

Besides receiving religious education daily, our students also participate weekly in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori-based, religious education program that focuses on Scripture and Liturgy to allow the children hands-on, personal time for reflecting on this teaching and pondering their relationship with God and focusing especially on the love of Jesus the Good Shepherd.

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