Bright Star Theatre Performance and Open House
Interested in finding out more about our Preschool? Join us on December 1st, at 9:15am for a performance of The Gift of the Magi, followed by a tour of our school. Free but reservations required. Call 919-865-5725 and leave a message.
Extra! Extra! Read All About Us!
Read about St. Raphael Preschool’s unique focus on Science, published in the October issue of NCEA Elementary Department Newsletter, a publication of the National Catholic Education Association.
Register for the 2014-15 School Year
Provide your preschool-aged child with opportunities to make friends, grow in self-confidence, and prepare for future academic success—all while having fun in a secure, nurturing, faith-filled environment. St. Raphael Preschool, an award-winning school for 2–5 year-olds, is now offering a wider variety of class offerings for the 2014-15 school year, including an extended day through 3pm!
All our teachers are certified/credentialed and lovingly foster students’ social-emotional, spiritual, physical and academic growth. Large, bright classrooms are designed to stimulate experiential learning and discovery. Creative Movement, Music and Spanish as well as Cultural Arts enrichments are included in the program. All four- and five-year-olds also attend the beautiful Catechesis of the Good Shepherd faith formation program. Extended day students participate in Science, Math, Art and Drama activities.
See our Admissions page for more information on our class offerings which range from one day/week to five days/week.
We Welcome You to Visit Our Preschool. To Request a Private Tour, Call 919-865-5728.
From the Director:
Welcome to St. Raphael Preschool! We recognize that you as parents are the first and primary educators of your children. As a Catholic preschool, we also recognize that children crave moral and spiritual meaning, and so we strive to support your home efforts as we nurture our young students’ growth in knowledge and love of Christ. A child who has formed a relationship with our loving God and whose spiritual connections are supported within a secure faith community like the one here at St. Raphael’s, will be a child who grows in trust and peace, is emotionally resilient, is happy and hopeful, and who has great regard for himself and for others.
The educational program we offer at Saint Raphael Preschool is based on knowledge of how children develop and learn and on an understanding of the essential elements required in order for children to grow in knowledge and ability. Language and literacy, math, science, creative expression, faith development, socio-emotional understanding, physical development, health and safety are all included in our curriculum. Learning objectives within each of these areas are addressed as children participate in active, hands-on experiences that engage their curiosity and interests. Because preschool-aged children are natural ‘scientists-in-waiting’ and love exploring their world, we place particular attention on science content and skills (e.g., observing, comparing and contrasting, measuring, predicting, recording) to expand children’s knowledge and their growing ability to reason. Finally, because children most certainly learn best in an environment that is responsive, warm, nurturing, and stable and where limits are clear, consistent and reasonable, it is this loving, ‘family’ environment that we strive to provide at Saint Raphael Preschool.
In the Bible we read how God sent the angel Raphael (our patron) to safely guide Tobit, Tobias and Sarah on their life journeys, drawing them into fulfilling relationships with each other. We pray that St. Raphael will similarly guide and protect all our Saint Raphael Preschool children and their families, and that God will bless the relationships they and we will form throughout our time together.
Yours in Christ,