About 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
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.
HopeMark operates on the Bank Street Philosophy, adopted in
1916 by renowned children’s education researcher Lucy Sprague Mitchell. The
main emphasis of Bank Street
is that children learn through play.
Play allows children to understand their world. Children develop social skills through
interaction with other children. Manipulative play enables children to problem
solve and develop fine motor skills. Through art, children learn creativity and
decision making. Dramatic play enhances
social, emotional and language skills.
Playground activities encourage better hand-eye coordination, and
develop gross motor skills. It is our belief that play in a safe and supportive
environment fosters a life-long love of learning. While play is a major
component of our curriculum, we also concentrate on cognitive skills
kindergarten, encompassing the Common Core Knowledge Preschool Sequence. Parent / teacher conferences are held each November and March. Teachers observe the children in the areas of social, emotional, cognitive, and
development. At the
and parents develop an action plan to enrich strengths and cultivate
You are welcome to download a sample teacher observation sheet.
For more information about the school, or to tour the school, please