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Children In ClassroomAbout HopeMark Preschool

HopeMark Preschool was established in 1971, as a community outreach project between St. Mark’s Episcopalian Church and Hope United Church of Christ.  We are housed on the top floor of Hope UCC, at Eichelberger and Tamm Avenues, on the corner of Francis Park in St. Louis Hills.  We are a nonprofit, license exempt preschool that is governed by a board of directors and is in compliance with the State of Missouri Department of Child Health & Safety. 

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 We have two large, fully equipped classrooms and offer 2 and 3 day morning classes and  4 day afternoon Pre-Kindergarten classes.  There are two certified teachers in each classroom, with a maximum student teacher ratio of 10:1.  There is also a weekly music session.  Our outdoor playground was updated in 2006 with new equipment and soft surface turf.  We also have an indoor gymnasium to allow for large motor activity on inclement weather days. Download Information Packet Link

Philosophy

At HopeMark, we believe that children learn through play. Play enables children to better understand their world. Children enrich their social skills interacting with other children.  Manipulative play allows children to problem solve and develop fine and gross motor skills in a safe and supportive environment. Sensory exploration offers children the opportunity to self discover math and science concepts. Through art, children learn creativity and decision making. Dramatic play enhances social, emotional, and language skills.  

We also focus strongly on the academic skills children need for Kindergarten. From alphabet, number, color and shape recognition to concepts such as sequencing and opposites, to writing and pre-reading skills, we prepare your child for success in Kindergarten.  

We also recognize the value of unstructured gross motor play. Recent studies are proving that reduced recess time at preschools and elementary schools is resulting in behavior problems and lower test scores. During unstructured outdoor play, children refine and strenghten large muscles while also developing social skills. Chidlren are able to release energy and regulate emotions, and are more able to pay attention in class when they have been given the opportunity to excercise.

It is our goal that children will emerge from their time at HopeMark with the emotional intelligence skills (self confidence, awareness and control, the ability to listen, wait ones turn, cooperate, share and work with others) and the academic foundation that will enrich their experience in Kindergarten and beyond.

You are welcome to download a sample teacher observation sheet.  Parent - Teacher conferences are held in November and March.

For more information about our school, or to schedule a tour,please contact us.
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