At Saint John’s School, we believe in fostering individual talents from an early age.
Research and our own hands-on experience, tell us that the exercise and refinement of fine motor skills is key to proper childhood development during the preschool years. At our Early Childhood Preschool Program, students regularly color, draw, write, cut, glue, tear, paint, model with clay and other manipulative materials: engaging regularly in manual activities that help develop visual-motor coordination. These same skills are also practiced throughout a broad range of academic areas as well.
Early Childhood classrooms are arranged into play and learning centers, allowing space for both sharing and circle activities that encourage group socialization skills. Children are immersed in purposeful learning experiences and given ample opportunities to develop their physical, emotional, social and cognitive abilities.
In addition, a theme-based, integrated Language Arts Program focuses on developing reading, writing, oral expression, and listening skills.  A Guided Reading Program supplements the literacy programs from Kindergarten through second grade and a Spanish Language Program begins in Pre Pre-Kindergarten.
All Early Childhood School students enjoy an innovative computer literacy program; a physical development program based on the concept of wellness; and a fully integrated arts program that embraces painting, drawing, sculpture, music, theater, and dance.  Diverse community service projects are fully integrated into the academic curriculum at all education levels.
The Early Childhood Program at Saint John’s School encompasses all grades from Pre Pre-Kindergarten (for three-year olds) through second grade. The Upper Elementary School extends from third through sixth grades. All students enjoy a full day program beginning at 8:00 a.m. and finishing at 3:00 p.m., five days a week.
At Saint John’s, we understand that music, movement and art are the language of small children and that daily exploration in these areas enriches a child's ability to communicate in a variety of ways.

Maika Marchán
Early Childhood Program

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.

“Our recent expansion of our Early Childhood Program to include Pre-Pre Kindergarten for 3 year olds is a reflection of our commitment to guiding our students at Saint John’s School on a path toward success,” said Head of School Lorraine Lago. “Early childhood education provides a crucial first step for young children, and we are thrilled that Middle States has recognized our program for its dedication to high-quality learning for all children.”

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    Mrs. Maika Marchán 

    Principal-Early Childhood Program
    Extension 3218
  • Photo of Lourdes Figueroa

    Lourdes Figueroa 

    Administrative Assistant
    Extension 2217


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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.