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“My daughter came home one day talking about the difference between solids, liquids, and gasses. When I was in preschool, we just learned to color inside the lines.” – St. Nicholas parent

We didn’t invent the love of learning in children.

We just know how to nurture and grow it.

Children don’t have to wind up hating school or dreading homework. In fact, our students’ parents often tell us how much their children look forward to school. (One even says her children complain that school breaks are too long!) Here, children are considered individually and treated with kindness and respect. Our approach to learning allows us to support students where they need it and guide them further when they’re ready for more. We believe all children come into this world loving to learn. At St. Nicholas, we make sure they stay that way. Every day our students show us that children who love learning know their strengths, aren’t afraid of a challenge, and continue to thrive.

In the Early Learning Center, “Conversation” begins everyday. At first glance it may look like it’s just a group of children sitting on the floor in a circle. What’s actually happening, though, is the cultivation of important social and communication skills that will help your child both in and out of school. By taking turns listening to each other, children develop self-control and respect for others. And by sharing, they also refine their abilities to formulate and present ideas and become confident speaking in front of groups.

At this age, lessons are often incorporated into physical movement and play. Not only is this an extremely effective way to teach preschoolers the basics they’ll need to succeed in upper levels, but also it’s where the love of learning actually begins taking root. 

Even the youngest children at St. Nicholas change classes with each subject. Since our teachers are able to work in their areas of expertise, our students can dig deeper than would be possible with a teacher who must teach all subjects