What curriculum do we use?
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Preschool uses the Creative Curriculum. This curriculum, which is aligned with the State of Ohio’s Early Learning Content Standards, will be enhanced with timely topics, children’s interests and ideas with both group and individual activities. These activities will foster spiritual, motor, language, cognitive, creative, reading, writing, and social skills. Each child will be encouraged at his/her own pace and will be evaluated at his/her own level.
Does our family have to be Catholic in order to attend Our Lady of Perpetual Help Preschool?
Our Lady of Perpetual Help welcomes all students, regardless of parish or religious faith. Our school is a community rich with religious backgrounds and practices. We use “Catechesis of the Good Shepherd” (CGS) to introduce our students to the Roman Catholic faith and invite them to develop a relationship with Jesus. CGS is a hands on, Montessori based program that encourages students to explore works aligned with the Diocese of Columbus Religion Graded Course of Study for Preschool age children.
Does Our Lady of Perpetual Help Preschool offer tuition assistance?
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Preschool has six Early Childhood Education (ECE) Grant spots available in the PreK program. To qualify for the grant, students must be four years old as of September 30th of the current enrollment year and the family income must be under 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Guardian Angel funding can be used for Preschool students if the funds are awarded through an older sibling in our grade school. The Kroger and SCRIP programs and REDA points through PTO are other ways to earn money toward your tuition account.
What are the hours of the school day?
Tuesday/Thursday calss is from 8:30am – 11:00am (T/TH)
Monday/Wednesday/Friday class is from 8:30am – 11:00am (MWF)
All Day PreK class is from 8:30am – 2:30pm, Monday-Friday (ADPK)
PM PreK class is from 12:00pm – 2:30pm, Monday-Friday (PMPK)
*We have an Early Drop Off program that begins at 8:00am for the T/TH class, MWF class, and AD PreK class. Additional fees apply.
**Lunch Bunch is offered to students in the PM PreK class at 11:00am. Additional fees apply.
What services are available to those who have special needs?
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Preschool works with Southwestern City Schools Special Needs Preschool to support students with diverse needs. Students with an Individual Education Plan, (IEP) are paired with Intervention Specialists, Speech and Occupational therapists from Southwest Preschool who will work with the students at our school. The administration and specialists from Southwest Preschool & Our Lady teachers and administrators strive to work with families to determine the least restrictive environment for the students we serve. This does not look the same for all students, but through a variety of models, we strive to provide a Catholic education for all those who have the desire.
What is the total enrollment of students per class?
T/TH class- 16 students (2 teachers)
MWF class- 16 students (2 teachers)
AD PreK class- 18 students (2 teachers)
PM PreK class- 10 students (1 teacher)
What are the teacher qualifications?
Our Lady Preschool teachers and support staff maintain current BCI and FBI background checks as well as CPR, 1st Aid, Communicalble Disease and Child Abuse Recognition certifications. They also complete 30 hours of Ohio Approved professional development biannually in accordance with Step Up to Quality standards.
Our Lead Teachers and Director have a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education and certification through The Ohio Department of Education.
What is Our Lady Preschool’s Step Up to Quality Rating
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Preschool is awarded a 5 -star Step Up to Quality rating for meeting the quality standards established by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and the Ohio Department of Education. SUTQ is a 5-Star tiered rating system that recognizes educations programs that go above and beyond the required licensing standards. Our Lady Preschool is dedicated to providing a nurturing, academic environment to enrich the lives of the students we serve.
How do I become a registered member of Our Lady parish?
We have made it super easy for you! Registration can be completed online. If you have sacramental records available (Baptism, First Communion, etc.), please have them handy when you fill out the form. If you don’t have these, don’t worry! We can always get your sacramental details at a later time.
How can I have my child or myself baptized?
For baptism for children, please find more information and the steps to get started here.
Adults join the Catholic Church through a process called the Rite of Christian Initiation, or RCIA. This process includes baptism for those who have not yet been baptized. For more information and details on how to begin this journey, visit our RCIA page.
How do I become Catholic?
Adults join the Catholic Church through a process called the Rite of Christian Initiation, or RCIA. For more information and details on how to begin this journey, visit our RCIA page.