Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 1
Our Primary School Division is located in Building One of the School. Classes within this division lay the foundation for all future learning at Our Lady of Mercy Academy. Along with an introduction to academics, a primary student’s education includes a knowledge of God, family, community, and forming a respect for others.
Our Lady of Mercy Academy Preschool fosters an environment where children are encouraged to bring their enthusiasm for discovery, excitement for learning and passion for creativity. Our teachers support the children as they develop their independence and become comfortable with a group routine. Children learn through play and direct educational experience. Parents and teachers work together to nurture each child's evolving self-esteem. We encourage our children to become problem solvers, to express themselves thoughtfully, and to grow in self-confidence.
We conduct an academically based program in large, spacious classrooms with private bathrooms. The program offers separate classes in art, music, physical education story art and technology.
Pre-K 3 students must be 3 years old by October 1st. Our 3 year old students attend either full-day or a 5 half-day curriculum. Our morning students are also offered the option to extend to a full day for 3, 4 or 5 days each week. Our morning session meets from 8:00 a.m. until 11:15 a.m. and afternoon session meets from 11:15 a.m. until 2:10 p.m. Aftercare is available to all children who attend full day sessions.
Our full day kindergarten readiness program is designed for students 4 years old by October 1st, and it meets five days a week from 8:00 a.m. until 2:10 p.m. with aftercare available until 5:30 p.m.
The kindergarten program provides appropriate activities that nurture the young student's social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Children grow in self-esteem, independence, and individual strengths. The goal of our kindergarten program is to foster a high standard of literacy and number knowledge through reading, writing, mathematics and STEM challenges.
Along with a respect for others, our first grade program establishes a foundation for all subsequent learning. A combination of differentiated, literature-based reading and phonics programs gives our students a strong reading platform. Commencing in first grade, the curriculum includes a flexible level ability-grouped reading program that contains a strong phonics component. Language arts is comprised of English grammar, sentence structure, writing skills, spelling, and handwriting. In science and social studies, students learn about themselves and the world through teacher led discussions and hands-on activities.