Mission, Philosophy and Episcopal Identity
The mission of St Luke’s Preschool is to provide a diverse, nurturing, and safe environment that encourages wonder, supports self-paced learning and instills respect for diversity.
St. Luke’s Preschool is a ministry of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Our program is guided by and grounded in the principles expressed our baptismal covenant and reflects the Episcopal values of learning, inclusion, common prayer and excellence. We believe each child is sacred, special and unique. We seek to meet each child’s individual needs in a secure, emotionally supported environment. We provide a caring and nurturing environment for infants and toddlers Our preschool program prepares children for kindergarten and build their confidence by offering a variety of age-appropriate and playful social, intellectual, emotional and physical activities within a relaxed and accepting environment. We believe that learning comes most naturally through play. Our program includes morning prayer, meal blessings, chapel and activities related to Christian celebrations.
What is an Episcopal School?
Christian communities whose missions integrate spiritual formation into all aspects of the educational experience; they are ecumenical Schools not parish schools. Episcopal schools exist not merely to educate, but to demonstrate and proclaim the unique worth and beauty of all human beings as creations of a loving, empowering God.
What does it mean to have an Episcopal Identity?
The mission and program of the school are expressions of Episcopal values and are grounded in the basic principles of our baptismal covenant.
- Learning– We expect our school will provide high quality programming that continues to evolve to meet the needs of parents and children.
- Inclusion – We emphasize the importance of unity in diversity in our school and seek to promote diversity in both students and faculty.
- Unity in Liturgy – We offer a rhythm of daily prayer in our school day, a curriculum correlated with the liturgical year, and offer weekly chapel and religious formation.
- Excellence – We strive for a culture of excellence in our school and a focus on the development of the whole person.
What are the principles in the Baptismal Covenant?
Our baptismal covenant calls us to honor, celebrate and worship God as the creator of life, to be models of God’s love and grace, to serve God in Christ in all persons, regardless of origin, background, ability or religion, to strive for justice and peace among all people and to respect the dignity of every human being.
How does our school reflect the principles of the baptismal covenant?
- School Worship that is creative and inclusive that is a regular part of school life;
- Community Life in which reflection, prayer, and matters of the spirit are honored and cultivated;
- Religious Formation taught in an age appropriate manner that fosters dialogue with other faith traditions; Episcopal schools should encourage those who attend and work in them to seek clarity about their own beliefs and religions and to honor those traditions more fully and faithfully in their own lives.
- Social Justice ideals into integrate teaching and practices by emphasizing equity, justice, and inclusivity.
Episcopal schools weave these principles into the fabric of the school’s life; their mission is built on the foundation of Christian love.