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Kindergarten at SVDP

As kindergarten approaches, it probably feels like your child's education is a running topic of conversation with family and friends. You've heard questions like, “Are you excited? When is your child's birthday? What schools are you looking at?”

As you research the best kindergarten programs in Salem, there's a lot to consider, and it might sometimes feel a bit overwhelming. Your child is about to start school, and that's a big deal! At St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School, we understand that you want to find a place where your child will thrive.

We're here to share more about our program and answer your questions so you feel confident when choosing the right kindergarten for your child. 

Below, you'll find a brief overview of what we offer, including:

A learning environment centered on loving care.
Our kindergartners come from a variety of preschools. We’ve built a flexible program that gives preschoolers the necessary continuity while creating space and support for children transitioning to their first classroom experience. No matter where your child is coming from, we will help them flourish through the following:

Care and support.
Your child will receive individualized attention because we keep our average kindergarten class to 13-16 students.

Realistic expectations
Our teachers model daily routines, procedures, and expectations to help your child transition into a learning environment focusing more on academics. The curriculum is introduced slowly at the beginning of the year to allow extra time for social development and play.

Christ-centered teaching
We understand the importance of reinforcing at school the Christian values taught at home. Our teachers and staff are Bible-believing role models who keep Jesus at the center of every activity.

A stimulating environment.
Your child will love PE in a dedicated athletic space, going on reading adventures in our library, and feeding their natural curiosity in our Art/Music Class.

Modeling Virtues
We will genuinely care for your child. Teachers show this through gentle reminders, positive praise, listening, helping them in every situation, and teaching them with enthusiasm, joy, and love.  

A Day in the Life of a Kindergartner at SVDP… 

Our kindergarten is a full-day educational program that runs Monday through Friday. Each day, your child will be engaged in hands-on activities that lay the groundwork for all future learning. Core subjects, enrichment classes, recess, lunch, and special events create a strong academic foundation during this critical year. 

From the moment your child steps foot on our campus, they will be greeted, known, and loved. All these things help create an environment where your child can be a child and feel safe as they learn. Safety is important to us, so we keep our school safe and secure with staff background checks, on-campus security cameras, and 100% of our staff trained in CPR.

Kindergarten Parents in Salem Choose SVDP for:

Tailored Learning & Intentional Spiritual Formation

Our kindergarten program takes an active learning approach and uses hands-on activities to guide students to an age-appropriate understanding of core subject concepts. Utilizing a customized curriculum, your child will develop language skills through interactive learning and comprehensible input and learn about Jesus, the Eucharist, and the Saints. This will happen through reading the Bible, Math, Reading & Phonics. Handwriting, Social Studies and Science

Enrichment & Extracurriculars

Your child will not need to wait until middle school or high school to experience the value of enrichment classes. Starting in kindergarten, our students explore Performing Arts, STEM, art, daily Mass, library, and more. Our extracurriculars also inspire special interests, music, a fun run, a talent show, and more. Our kindergartners are enthusiastic about helping with service projects, and we encourage participation as a foundation for Catholic social teaching and life. 

dual Language immersion

As a kindergartener, your child will study practical and age-appropriate Spanish. They will learn Bible stories and prayers in Spanish, participate in Spanish prayer, and study Spanish-speaking countries. Our Dual Language Immersion program builds upon this language development each year, introducing culture and grammar as appropriate.