The integral formation of the human person is the purpose of Catholic education. Every school, and every educator in the school, should be striving "to form strong and responsible individuals, who are capable of making free and correct choices," thus preparing young people "to open themselves more and more to reality, and to form in themselves a clear idea of the meaning of life." Thus, the Catholic school creates “within its walls a climate in which the pupil’s faith will gradually mature and enable him to assume the responsibility placed on him by Baptism.”
The Solidarity School students participate in the learning process through exploration and discovery. Staffed by teachers who are bilingual and a student to teacher ratio of 6:1, our program emphasizes a developmentally appropriate approach to preschool education that encourages our students to lay the foundation for life-long learning.
Sensitive to the level of each child’s development, our learning methods foster creativity, an awareness of God, respect for self and others, a positive self-image, and a love of learning. Working in a partnership with families, students grow in a nurturing environment that enables each to realize their potential in these critical early years.
Key to the success of the Solidarity program is the introduction of the English language. Incrementally introduced, students leaving Solidarity have the foundation necessary for entry into kindergarten. A multi-sensory approach to thematic units allows for the incorporation of religion, language arts, math, science, social studies, art, music, and creative movement according to the developmental readiness of the student. A variety of outside enrichment opportunities are made available through visitors from our community including the local police, fire department, storytellers, and business organizations. Most important to the children are the independent schools that visit monthly and reinforce values and assist in our character development programs.
The Preschool program is designed to be an enriching learning experience suited to the developmental needs of young children. The curriculum adopts a "hands-on" approach to learning. It is important to the mission of Solidarity that our students develop an understanding of newness of community structures in the United States so that we assist in broadening than own experiences both within our school and in their families.
RELIGION – Christ our Life Series which develop a positive self-image in relationship to a loving God. Weekly visits to the chapel, beginning the day in prayer, K4J Virtue program facilitated by Holy Spirit Preparatory Lower School, and celebrating all the liturgical seasons of the calendar year brings faith alive for Solidarity students.
READING & LANGUAGE ARTS – Open Court, Carson –Dellosa, Mercer Mayer, as well as a host of supplemental resources guides the development of phonics and reading readiness
MATHEMATICS – REAL MATH and Mercer Mayer provide the foundation for the curriculum and allows for the development of knowledge that comes from the understanding of quantitative concepts
SCIENCE & SOCIAL STUDIES – Through supplemental materials and resources, the program allows for the development of a natural curiosity leading the child to question, investigate, manipulate, classify and report findings. Especially important to the students we serve is the celebration of the cultural diversity and traditions associated with their heritage.
ART – Develop creativeness and a sense of self-expression
MUSIC – Develop a love and appreciation for singing and rhythm
LANGUAGE – Develop appreciation for the Spanish language and culture
CREATIVE MOVEMENT – Develop both gross and fine motor skills including skills that directly contribute to early writing
PERSONAL AND SOCIAL SKILLS
Students are evaluated using instruments that not only assess their academic performance, but also development growth. The school maintains record on each student enrolled and finds most beneficial the review of progress of each child during their after two years attending The Solidarity School. The program allows for a smooth transition into local kindergarten programs where ESL tracking is not necessary due to their proficiency in English and academics.
What it Measures
- Development Growth & Readiness
- Skills Development and Growth
- Student behavior; spiritual values; families and their living environment; heath & dental assessments; academic learning; social development
- Experience of parents within school and that of their students who previously attended the school.
- Gesell Developmental Observation
- Quarterly Progress Report
- Informal & Formal Observations
The program provides the community with opportunities for early learning in a context of a nurturing environment, meeting each child’s intellectual, physical and spiritual needs. Outcomes related to the goals of the school are obvious when looking over individual records, achievements, developmental growth, English proficiency, and the level of care demonstrated by the faculty and staff.