Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of San Antonio are dedicated to ensuring our students achieve academic excellence and experience quality faith formation within the Catholic tradition of servant leadership.
All of our schools are fully accredited by the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops Education Department (TCCB ED), which is part of the Texas Private School Accreditation Commission (TEPSAC) and recognized by the state’s Texas Education Agency (TEA). You can learn more about the TCCB ED accreditation process here: https://txcatholic.org/accreditation/
Early childhood and preschool (3s & 4s) are the earliest points of entry into our Catholic Schools. Research has shown that a high-quality preschool experience has positive effects on the brain architecture and development in a child’s early years1, particularly when the program is focused on supporting a “range of early skills, including cognitive (early language, literacy, math), social (theory of mind, empathy, prosocial), persistence, attention, and self-regulation and executive function skills (the voluntary control of attention and behavior).”2
The Catholic Preschool experience supports the whole child through the development of these early skills, which are critical through the preschool years and in preparation for the elementary school experience. We invite you to explore our school pages, where you can learn more about each school and schedule a tour today!
Our Preschool Curriculum is focused on development of the whole child, including the social, emotional, spiritual, intellectual and physical. Children are embraced from the moment they enter our Catholic Preschool Program and ushered through an experience that allows for introduction and mastery of important early learning skills and school-ready familiarity. You can find a general overview of our curriculum here.
Social emotional learning is a key component of our Preschool curriculum and the majority of our schools develop their social emotional learning programs based on Kimochis, a series of learning modules that explore feelings and character-building tools. You can learn more about the Kimochis program here: https://www.kimochisway.com/educators/ecc/
We have 28 Preschool programs across the city of San Antonio and surrounding communities, including Castroville, Converse, Del Rio, Floresville, Fredericksburg, Kerrville, New Braunfels, Pleasanton, Seguin, Selma and Uvalde. Please see our map for a geographic location here.
Though each school has varying levels of specials and added programming, the majority of our Pre-K 3 and Pre-K 4 programs offer:
- Weekly mass as part of the Preschool experience
- The incorporation of play-based activities, with 25% of our schools who describe their program as “play-based.”
- The incorporation of authentic materials (i.e. real acorns vs. plastic) in the Preschool program
- A lower student-to-teacher ratio than state licensing requirements (15:1 for age 3 and 18:1 for age 4)
- Minimum teacher education requirement of an Associate degree or Teacher Certification, with the majority requiring at least a Bachelor’s Degree
- On-going Professional Development Opportunities for Teachers
- At least one hour of outside unstructured time PLUS outdoor learning activities
- All but one of our schools offers an after-school care option until 5:30pm or 6pm
- 11 of our 28 schools have a summer option (and most have space available today! Go to our Schools Page to Schedule a Tour.)
- Staff trained in CPR and pediatric first aid on campus daily
- A hot lunch option
- Other highlights: Spanish Immersion, Montessori, Collaboration with parents (aligning with Canon Law as true partners in child’s education), focused reading curriculum, Music, Spanish, PE, Technology, Kinder ready, Loving/caring community, some offer full day and half day options
Please explore our school offerings here and schedule a tour to find your perfect Preschool today!
1 National Scientific Council on the Developing Child (2007). The Science of Early Childhood Development: Closing the Gap Between What We Know and What We Do. Retrieved from www.developingchild.harvard.edu.
2 Hirokazu Yoshiwaka et al., Investing in Our Future: The Evidence Base on Preschool Education, Foundation for Child Development, 2013.