Day School Programs

Programs

St. Chrysostom’s Day School is an Episcopal preschool that welcomes children and families regardless of faith or race. The school enrolls children in 7 distinct programs ranging in ages from 15 months to 5 years of age. Each program offers a developmentally appropriate play based curriculum that focuses on age appropriate social, emotional, and academic development. We offer small class sizes taught by well trained early childhood educators.  

St. Chrysostom’s Day School has seven programs that are geared to seven different age groups for children ranging in age from 15 months to 5 years old. The following is general information about these programs by age group. Our programs follow a traditional September to June school year. 

Tuition assistance is available for all programs. 

St. Chrysostom’s Day School (SCDS) offers four distinct tots programs to introduce young children to the fun of a developmentally appropriate curriculum. Children are divided into classes based on their birth dates to meet the developmental needs of each child. The Two Day Tots classes are staffed with a lead and an assistant teacher, who work together as a team. The Parent and Young Tots classes are staffed with a lead teacher. Each class offers the children the opportunity to engage and interact with a wide variety of materials, as well as enjoy snack, gym and music. 

The rich curriculum is designed to be both developmentally appropriate and relevant to the lives and experiences of very young children.

Each program uses the Illinois Early Learning and Developmental Standards (IELDS) as a guide in creating the learning standards for each age group. The IELDS is a document that offers guidance and expectations for the children’s social and educational growth in the preschool through kindergarten years.

Parents and Young Tots

Child must be 15-21 months old by September of the year they enroll. This class takes place one day a week from 10:45-11:45am or 3:00-4:00 PM. The parent or caregiver remains in the classroom with the child and participates in class activities.

Meets: Monday or Thursday | Time: 10:45-11:45am or 3:00 PM- 4:00 PM*

Tuition: $3,500

*Days and times listed reflect the offerings for the current academic year

Parents & Tots

Parents & Tots Program

Child must be 22-26 months old by September of the year they enroll. This class takes place one day a week from 10:45am-12:00pm or 2:45-4:00pm. The parent or caregiver remains in the classroom with the child and participates in class activities. 

Meets: Tuesday or Wednesday | Time: 10:45am-12:00pm or 2:45pm-4:00pm*

Tuition: $4,800

*Days and times listed reflect the offerings for the current academic year

2 Day Just Tots

Child must be turning 3 between January and June the year they are enrolled. There is a separation time at the beginning of the school year, but afterwards the parent or caretaker will remain on the premises in a room adjacent to the classroom.

Days: Tuesday & Thursday | Time: 9:00 AM-10:30 AM*

Days: Monday & Wednesday | Time: 9:00 AM-10:30 AM*

Tuition: $6,000

*Days and times listed reflect the offerings for the 2022-2023 academic year

Preschool

preschool Program

St. Chrysostom’s Day School (SCDS) offers a half or full day play-based preschool program to enhance the educational, social, and emotional development of our students. Children are divided into classrooms based on their birth dates. Every class consists of a lead and an assistant teacher, who work together as a team. Morning meetings are held in each classroom where students are able to greet one another, review the calendar, weather, and daily schedule before the classrooms come together for a one-hour free play. During this time, students have the opportunity to engage with one another and investigate the week’s theme through art, science, reading, building and dramatic play areas. Music, literacy and small group art projects are held daily in each classroom. All classes have an allotted physical education time as well as a time slot for our resource room for science and larger projects. Throughout the course of the year students also participate in on going book studies that carry over from week to week.

Child must be three years old by December 31st of the year they enroll. This class takes place five days a week and is from 8:30AM-11:30AM.

Tuition: $12,075

Extended Day Preschool

extended day preschool Program

Preschool children who stay for the extended day program are served lunch and an afternoon snack. Full day students will have a rest/quiet period after lunch followed by organized art and science activities, free play, gym and circle time to end our day.

This class takes place five days a week 8:30AM -3:30PM. Parents may choose if they want their child to stay a certain number of extended days.

Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Extended day 5 days a week: $19,750

Extended day 3 days a week: $16,650

Extended day 2 days a week: $15,150

Extended day 1 day a week: $13,550

Fours

Fours Program

St. Chrysostom’s Day School (SCDS) offers a half or full day play-based four’s program to continue the social, emotional and educational development of our students. Children in this program are divided into two classrooms, with a class size of 12. This program consists of weekly themes and has a focus on early literacy, uppercase letter recognition, gaining a strong sense of self and becoming more autonomous, recognizing yourself as part of a larger community and fostering cooperative play and positive decision making.

The students start their day in assigned centers and rotate through fine motor activities, cooperative play and theme-based manipulatives. Throughout the day each class has a designated physical education time as well as a music period in their classroom and a school provided snack. During free play students have the opportunity to work one-on-one with teachers on theme-based art projects as well as continue to build positive peer relationships and work on making independent constructive choices for cooperative play. The morning ends with a teacher led learning activity, focused either on the theme or letter of the week.

Children must be four years old by December 31st of the year they enroll. This class takes place five days a week from 8:30-11:30. A minimum of one year of preschool is preferred for this class.          

Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday | Time: 8:30AM – 11:30AM

Tuition: $12,075

Full Day Fours

full day fours program

Children who stay for the full day program will be provided with lunch,  quiet/rest time, and then the two Fours classes combine for gym and afternoon activities in the resource room and a circle time to end the day.

This class takes place five days a week from 8:30-3:30.

Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday | Time: 8:30AM – 3:30PM

Tuition: $19,750

Junior Kindergarten (full day)

jr kindergarten full day program

St. Chrysostom’s Day School (SCDS) offers a full day Junior Kindergarten (JK) program for children who are four by September 1st of the current school year. The JK program works towards preparing the children for kindergarten and providing them with the tools and skills they need to succeed in Kindergarten and elementary school. There is a strong focus on literacy in the JK; encouraging pre-literacy skills set the foundation for future reading development. The students begin by studying the alphabet one letter at a time as a way of focusing on upper and lower case recognition and phonetic sounds. They study four great authors throughout the year and work on concepts of print, sequencing stories, journal writing and group story writing to further enhance their language and literacy skills. There is also a focus on mathematics, working on patterning, number recognition, skip counting and understanding basic addition and subtraction through everyday situations and dramatic play.

The JK uses a thematic approach in their curriculum, which often coincides with the fours and preschool and allows for whole school collaboration. Students begin each morning with free play or centers, which is a time where children can work on their social and emotional development, independent problem solving skills, and engage in imaginative play with their         peers. There is a block of time each morning set aside for a learning activity, which is a time when students work on literacy or complete a theme-based art project. Throughout the day there are two snacks, a rest time, lunch, two gym periods, music, literacy blocks and a slot to use the resource room to explore science related activities.  

Child must be turning 5 after September 1st of the year they enroll. This class takes place five days a week from 8:30-3:30. A minimum of one year of preschool is preferred.

Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday | Time: 8:30AM – 3:30PM

Tuition: $19,750