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Based on Piaget’s Cognitive Discovery Theory of Development, our curriculum is designed to give the child a variety of experiences at different levels in all academic areas, thus providing success and challenge. We use the Creative Curriculum as the curriculum framework and progress assessment tool for all classes, infant through pre-kindergarten. More specific programs, such as the Math Their Way and Zoo-phonics readiness programs, are incorporated to teach basic concepts and beginning skills. Our instructors teach math readiness skills using manipulative, concrete objects, and reading readiness using both phonics and language arts. In the Handwriting Without Tears program, emphasis is placed on large and small muscle development and the eye-hand coordination necessary for writing. Art is presented with special emphasis on the process rather than the final product.

2021-2022 Classes

  • Infant Class

    6 weeks old by September 1, 2021
    1 or 2 days per week – Tuesday/Thursday or Wednesday/Friday
    3:1 student:teacher ratio

  • Toddler Class

    1 year old by September 1, 2021
    Classes are Tuesday/Thursday or Monday/Wednesday/Friday
    4:1 student:teacher ratio

  • Young Two’s Class

    2 years old between September 1, 2021, and December 31, 2021
    Classes are Tuesday/Thursday or Monday/Wednesday/Friday
    5:1 student:teacher ratio

  • Two Year Old Class

    2 years old by September 1, 2021
    Classes are Tuesday/Thursday or Monday/Wednesday/Friday or a five-day class
    6:1 student:teacher ratio

  • Young Three’s Class

    3 years old between September 1, 2021, and December 31, 2021
    Classes are Tuesday/Thursday or Monday/Wednesday/Friday
    or Monday through Friday
    7:1 student:teacher ratio

  • Three Year Old Class

    3 years old by September 1, 2021
    Classes are Monday/Wednesday/Friday or a five-day class
    8:1 student:teacher ratio

  • Four Year Old Class

    4 years old by September 1, 2021
    Classes are Monday through Friday,
    Classes extend until 1pm.
    8:1 student:teacher ratio

  • Five/Six Year Old Class (Transitional Kindergarten)

    5 years old by September 1, 2021
    10:1 student:teacher ratio
    Classes are Monday through Friday, classes extend until 1:00.

  • Kindergarten

    5 years old by September 1, 2021
    10:1 student:teacher ratio
    Classes are Monday through Friday, classes extend until 1:00.

Special Classes


Handwriting Without Tears

Handwriting Without Tears printing and cursive programs draw from years of innovation and research to provide developmentally appropriate, multisensory tools and strategies for the classroom. Research shows that children learn more effectively by actively doing, with materials that address all styles of learning The program provides easier, happier ways for children to master handwriting The materials are intuitive, engaging, and developmentally progressive. The lessons and activities also make it easy to integrate handwriting into other lessons, and support children working at all levels.



Playball is a weekly class for 3 year old and pre-K classes. This program focuses on basic gross motor and movement skills in young children. Young 3 classes begin attending Playball in January.


The St. James Library

The St. James Library is child-friendly and welcoming to students in the young 3’s through pre-K. They visit weekly, are treated to stories from our amazing “Ms. Library”, and are invited to check out books to take home for the week. Visits to the library not only foster a love of reading in our young children, but further develop their curiosity and excitement for learning to read and explore the world through books.



The Makerspace is a place dedicated to STEAM activities where children in 3-year-old and pre-K classes can create and invent. The goal of the preschool’s Makerspace/Art Studio is to provide the alternate workshop for those children who learn best by doing. The idea is to provide multidisciplinary thinking and learning. In doing so, children will be developing foundational interests in engineering, architecture, and construction, expanding their building, creating and making skills, learning to take a concept and applying it to create something or resolve a problem, and taking risks and trying out new ideas.



Music is offered to students in the infants through pre-K classes on a weekly basis. The children light up when one of our two immensely talented music teachers engage them through use instruments, voice and movement, encouraging children to see music as a vehicle to convey thoughts, emotions and creativity.



Chapel is held each Monday in the sanctuary at St. James UMC. Students in our 3 year old through pre-K classrooms are introduced to spiritual concepts through engaging songs and simple lessons. Young 3 classes begin attending chapel in January.


Lunch Bunch (Extended Day)

Lunch Bunch (Extended Day) is offered to students in the 3 year old and pre-K classes. Young 3 classes may participate starting in January. Lunch Bunch meets each week day from 12:00-1:00 for lunch and play. The charge is $10 per day per child, and children bring their own lunch and drink.


The Pre-school Enrichment Program

The Pre-school Enrichment Program is a series of classes offered after preschool hours to children who are enrolled in the St. James Preschool and is also open to our community. This program is run by St. James’ Activities Ministry, in cooperation with the St. James Preschool. Learn more.

Trusted And Loved By Atlanta’s Parents

Our children have been coming to SJP since our youngest was in the young 2's class. I didn't realize then what a jackpot we had hit when we got that spot! We have fallen in love with this school...the teachers, staff and entire community. It is truly a place where love and kindness are at the forefront of the daily learning process. My children come home brimming with enthusiasm from all that they have experienced at school and it is such a blessing for them to be surrounded by this amazing environment.

Katie Danyo

I can't say enough about how pleased we are with the program at St. James.  Each teacher my son has had has been just as amazing as the last, the staff really does care about their students and the school is the perfect environment for young children feel secure and confident while they thrive.  We are so grateful for the education he is receiving.

Laura Thomson

St. James  Preschool is a very special place to our family. My daughter began here six years ago and by the time my fourth child finishes preschool, we will have been at St. James for 12 consecutive years. The play-based curriculum in combination with the experienced teachers have resulted in very successful transitions to elementary school for my two oldest. We love it so much that we have joined the church- St. James is our family and we cherish our children's preschool years here! 

Meredith Seelos

As a mom of three children who have attended St. James Preschool, I have repeatedly experienced the warm, encouraging atmosphere it provides. Each of our children have blossomed under the loving care of their teachers here, and though our oldest two have moved on, my husband and I continue to see our third nurtured and loved in the same way.

Carrie Fischer

Over the last 3 years attending St James Preschool, our family has form relationships and connections that will last a lifetime. St James Preschool has proven for us to be a fun, safe, spiritual and creative place for young minds. Our kids don't walk in to school each day, they run happily. Its a great place for little ones to be  socialized or prepping our "big kids' for kindergarten. We love our St James family!

Melissa Orr