Pre-School Academics

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Join Us in the Natural Classroom

Our program at St. Anne's-Belfield encourages nurturing, outdoor, play-based classes with an emphasis on exploration and discovery including creative learning stations such as:

  • Mud kitchens to support social development and dramatic role playing

  • An art garden with easels and play stages

  • The quarry site for collaborative play and STEM design

Each day, students are immersed in a sensory-based classroom led by experienced early childhood educators surrounded by views of nearby mountain ridges and woods.

Kathy Carpenter, Administrative Staff

When you are outdoors in nature and immersed in this sensory rich environment, meaningful connections are being made. When children are actively engaged in the natural world around them, the learning has more meaning for each student and therefore they have a deeper understanding of the subject matter. Children “learn” how to learn and deepen their curiosity and joy in discovery which provides a strong foundation for the start of their educational journey.
— Kathy Carpenter, Director of the Pre-School Program


Pre-School Offerings


Pre-School At A Glance

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Average Student-Teacher Ratio

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Students per Class

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Homeroom Teachers Have a Bachelor Degree or Higher

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Ready for the Next Step?

Learn more about our application process, affordability, and opportunities for prospective families to engage with us on the Pre-School Admission page.

Questions? Please don't hesitate to reach out to

Your Admission Contact

Kate Borgeson

Kate Borgeson
Director of Lower School Admission, Age 2 – Grade 4
(434) 220-4243

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