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St. Nicholas School

The Catholic School of St. William and St. Nicholas Parishes

12816 El Monte Road

Los Altos Hills, CA 94022 (near Interstate 280 & Foothill Expy)

Special thanks to Carla Razura-Duharte for the photographs. See her photos here.

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TK and Kindergarten Academics at St. Nicholas School

Transitional Kindergarten

Our Transitional Kindergarten program provides the first year of an optional two-year Kindergarten curriculum giving space and time for our youngest Celtics to grow confidently into their abilities. This first year sets the foundation for learning in a safe and age appropriate setting, introducing base concepts while giving parents an additional option to help their children enter kindergarten with the maturity and social skills needed for success. Our littlest Celtics join our older students as a fully integrated part of the St. Nicholas community, joining in morning prayer assembly, proudly wearing St. Nicholas uniforms, participating in buddy sessions, attending hot lunch, and playing daily on their specially suited TK-K playground. The curriculum is age and developmentally appropriate and aligned with the Kindergarten California Common Core State Standards. A centers-based learning approach is also used for individual, pair and or small group activities. St. Nicholas recognizes children learn in different ways and sometimes on different timelines. No one child is exactly like the other.  In response, St. Nicholas School closely monitors student’s academic growth through adaptive standardized testing data as well as ongoing informal forms of assessment. Educators are able to gain immediate feedback on students’ progress and adapt instructional plans, meeting the need of their students and ensuring they are best prepared to move into Kindergarten.

Kindergarten

St. Nicholas offers a full day (8:00-3:00) kindergarten program with one full-time credentialed teacher and two full-time instructional assistants allowing us to offer direct instruction in both whole class and small group formats in all core subjects. We offer a comprehensive academic program promoting intellectual, social, spiritual and emotional development. It is our mission to teach Catholic values while fostering lifelong learning for the whole child. We strive to understand each child’s unique style of learning. St. Nicholas recognizes children learn in different ways and sometimes on different timelines. No one child is exactly like the other. In response, St. Nicholas School closely monitors student’s academic growth through adaptive standardized testing data as well as ongoing informal forms of assessment. Educators are able to gain immediate feedback on students’ progress and adapt instructional plans, meeting the need of their students and ensuring they are best prepared to move into first grade.

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