Saint Joseph Catholic School

A Faith-Filled and Loving Preschool

By Karen Gogela Public Relations Saint Joseph Catholic School January 24, 2022

"Our daughter has been attending Saint Joseph Catholic Preschool for the past two years 

and has grown so much. 

She has made new friends and feels confident and comfortable when I drop her off in the morning. All of her teachers are warm and welcoming - and they have the energy to keep up with her! She has begun to write letters and draw patterns and shapes, and she has learned new songs, stories, and rhymes. Most importantly, she enjoys the company of her classmates and teachers and loves going to school." -Mary Peacock

It's known as the preschool penthouse and is one of the favorite classrooms at Saint Joseph Catholic School - and for good reason! The expansive space is bright, colorful, and so much fun, with plenty of room to move around and spaces to explore. It's here where three and four year olds get to learn and play.

"We've worked very hard to create a warm and welcoming classroom environment," Shelly Randazzo, preschool director, said. "Our students love it!"

Saint Joseph Catholic School offers three early childhood education programs where children can receive a positive first experience of learning within a faith-filled, loving context.

Preschool 3 year old: 7:45-11 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday

Pre-Kindergarten 4 year old: 7:45-2:45 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Junior Kindergarten 4-5 year old: 7:45-2:45 p.m. Monday - Friday

Components of each program include faith formation, although students do not need to be Catholic to attend, social and emotional development, language arts and literacy, math and science exploration, creative arts, music and theater, technology, beginning Spanish, health, safety, and physical education.

The 4 year olds go to specials like the Discovery Lab, library, music, and Mass - and, new this year, the Atrium. "Over the summer we created an Atrium, and in the fall we started implementing the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Early Childhood Curriculum to give our students a unique experience that will help them fall in love with Jesus, the Good Shepherd, right from the get go," Mrs. Randazzo said.

In addition, they participate in the Advent and Spring Music Programs, host a Thanksgiving Play and Tea, and a Mother's Day Princess Party. And they have Cougar Buddies, older students who serve as big brothers and sisters throughout the year. "Our pre-kindergarteners love spending time with their Cougar Buddies,"  Mrs. Randazzo said. "It's such a special relationship."

Saint Joseph Catholic School is the winner of the 2021 Coloradoan Best Private School in Fort Collins award. Enrollment is open to all. Call (970) 484-1171 to request a tour and take a closer look. 

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