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 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 while 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.
Social development is central to our philosophy. Our experienced teachers create a safe environment for the children to move toward reaching their full potential with others by taking turns, listening, participating, and sharing experiences and feelings.
Our Lady of Mercy Preschool Academy conducts an academically oriented program in large, spacious classrooms with private bathrooms. The program offers daily specials such as Art, Music, Library, Computers, and Physical Education. Within the supportive environment, the children enjoy individual learning, small group activities, directed learning centers, snack, outdoor play, and a religion program with daily prayer.
Pre-K 3 students must be 3 years old by October 1st. Our 3 year old students attend a 5 half-day a week curriculum and are offered the option to attend 5 mornings or 5 afternoons. 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 our afternoon session meets from 11:15 a.m. until 2:10 p.m.
Full Day Kindergarten Readiness Program is designed for students who are 4 years old by October 1st, and it meets five days a week from 8:00 a.m. until 2:10 p.m.
All students will attend weekly classes in Art, Music, Physical Education and Computers.
After Care Program Our after care program runs from 2:10 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. every school day.
The kindergarten program provides appropriate activities to nurture the young student's social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Children will grow in self-esteem, independence, and individual strengths. Our goal is to foster a high standard of literacy and number knowledge through reading, writing and mathematics.
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 with first grade, the curriculum includes a flexible three-level ability-grouped reading program. Language arts is comprised of English grammar and structure, writing skills, spelling, and handwriting. In science and social studies, they learn about themselves and the world through discussions and hands-on activities.