Saint John’s Early Childhood program believes in fostering individual talents; therefore, our purpose is to provide learning opportunities that motivate children to explore and learn through play. Our differentiated curriculum promotes an engaging and equitable learning environment developed by appropriate practices for the diversity of our students.  

Early Childhood teachers create engaging activities to develop curiosity and spark their imagination with hands-on learning experiences. A love for reading is integral to the curriculum and practiced through various academic areas. 

Our classrooms invite students to work cooperatively in small groups and learning centers. This fosters the children's growth in their social–emotional skills through developmentally appropriate activities and experiences. A mindfulness class complements the social-emotional curriculum.

Through music, technology, art, performing arts, and Physical Education we reach all talents and interests outside of the classroom which encourages children to enjoy their learning journey. 

The Early Childhood Program at Saint John’s School encompasses all grades from pre-pre-Kindergarten (for three-year-olds) through second grade. All students participate in a full-day program beginning at 8:00 a.m. and finishing at 3:00 p.m., five days a week.   

I encourage all families to look at our program and see first-hand what our Early Childhood program has to offer to the children of Puerto Rico. 

Maika Marchán
Early Childhood Division

Program of Distinction in Early Childhood Education

The Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS) recently recognized Saint John’s School in San Juan, P.R., for its Program of Distinction in Early Childhood Education. 

The Middle States Programs of Distinction initiative provides external validation of an accredited school’s accomplishments in specific areas of expertise and enables schools to take accreditation to the next level. 

“Programs of Distinction are models for other academic programs throughout the world,” said Henry G. Cram, Ed.D., president of MSA-CESS. “I congratulate Saint John’s School for its commitment to preparing children for meaningful lives and active participation in the global community.” 

The Programs of Distinction review process helps already accredited schools identify strengths and areas for growth and provides inspiration and recommendations for attaining a high quality program. 

MSA accredited schools are eligible to apply for Program of Distinction recognition for outstanding programs in 21st Century Skills, Global Literacies, World Languages, Visual Arts, Music, Early Childhood Education, Service Learning, School Counseling and STEM Education. 

The Early Childhood Education Program of Distinction recognizes schools that demonstrate dedication to early learning through a rich, child-centered philosophy and best practices that focus on exploration, questioning, creativity and social-emotional development, as well as cognitive skills.

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    Mrs. Maika Marchán 

    Early Childhood Program Principal
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  • Photo of Lourdes Figueroa

    Lourdes Figueroa 

    Administrative Assistant
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  • Distinguishing Features of a Saint John's Preschool Education

    • Early Childhood Education Program of Distinction
    • Features of the School Wide Enrichment Model adapted for students in the Early Childhood Program
    • Developmentally appropriate practices that provide a supportive, nurturing and safe environment for students
    • Low student-teacher ratio
    • Classroom environment conducive to developing the student’s cognitive, physical, social and emotional skills
    • Instruction in English with dual language pedagogy embedded into the curriculum
    • Fun filled cooperative learning projects to fully engage students as they work in small groups
    • Differentiated instruction- group and individual teaching
    • Curriculum based on the constructivism theory where children learn by doing and build upon previous knowledge
    • Integrated literature based themes geared toward developing critical thinking skills
    • Engaging activities where students explore, experiment, imitate, ask questions and expand their problem solving skills
    • Active participation in their educational journey by engaging in hands-on playful learning
    • Center based program where students develop and practice decision making
    • Consistent with their stage of moral development, increase of preschoolers empathy through role-playing and storytelling

Saint John’s School

Saint John’s School is a non-profit, college preparatory, nonsectarian, coeducational day school founded in 1915. The school, located in a residential area of Condado, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, has an enrollment of over 800 students from pre pre-kinder to grade twelve. Instruction is mostly in English with the exception of language courses.