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About St. James Preschool


As a ministry of St. James United Methodist Church, each person involved in the preschool is called to love as God loves and to provide a creative and nurturing environment for every child. We are committed to the belief that children develop and learn to their fullest potential in the context of a community where they are valued, where their developmental and emotional needs are met, and where they feel secure. Knowing that children are active learners, we help them learn to communicate effectively, respect others, analyze situations, exercise reasonable judgements, and solve problems.


Learning Through Play

Our teachers are committed to providing a nurturing environment while facilitating children’s play. Play is the vehicle through which children learn. While our children are playing, they develop socially, emotionally, cognitively, and physically.

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Nurturing Environment

We believe optimum learning experiences take place in pressure-free classrooms that are print-rich and visually stimulating. Our classrooms provide children with opportunities to practice newly acquired skills and to experience new challenges beyond their level of present mastery.


Beyond St. James

When children leave our program, they are on the path to developing confidence, curiosity, and a profound love of learning. St. James students successfully transition to a large number of public and private kindergarten and pre-first programs in the greater Atlanta area.

Trusted And Loved By Atlanta’s Parents

As a former elementary school assistant principal and teacher, it was important for me to find a preschool for my own child that had an enriching curriculum and a nurturing community. When we found St. James, we feel like we hit the jack pot! The school has a close-knit feel; the director knows the name of EVERY student. And for the academics, the research-based phonics and handwriting instruction ensures high levels of learning for all students.

Pam Padak

Our family has been at St James Preschool for many years, and it has been such an incredible experience for our children and for us as parents. We’ve watched our kids fall in love with learning and develop what will no doubt be lifelong friendships. Throughout their time at the preschool, our children have been surrounded by teachers and staff who put so much effort in getting to know and care for each child who walks through the doors. St James Preschool will forever hold a special place in our hearts!

Ryan & Melissa Briley

The moment we walked through St. James we knew that this was the school for our girls. Having just moved to the Atlanta, St. James gave us the sense of community that we needed. We are now going on year 4, and at the end of each year we are so happy to know that it was not yet our last. We love everything about St. James - the staff, the curriculum, the beautiful playground, the welcoming classrooms, and the families. St. James is truly wonderful! 

Danielle Nolte

St. James Preschool is more than just a school, it’s a community filled with love and compassion for growing our children! This is seen through the simple yet intentional acts of each teacher and staff, starting from knowing all kids’ names during carpool to genuinely investing in your family (even after they graduate from the school!) Each year as we progress into a different class, I think to myself this can’t top last year and then somehow it does. We truly feel blessed to have the teachers, staff, and other families at St. James as part of our extended family and know they are all having a positive impact on our children.

Keri Kanitz