Preschool and Prekindergarten at Peace feature exploration and discovery as a way of learning, enabling children to develop confidence, creativity, and critical thinking skills in a safe nurturing Christ-centered environment. Your child will interact in a structured classroom setting with opportunities to explore hands-on learning. Our teachers synchronize activities to advance your child to the next grade level as well as enhance and kindle the learning spark at an early age.
The preschool program includes a three-day-a-week class (M/W/F) or a two-day-a-week class (T/Th) in either the morning or
the afternoon. Prekindergarten is a five-day-a-week program with either a morning or afternoon session. When your child’s class is not in session, they can attend the Child Care program, open Monday through Friday, 6:00 am to 6:00 pm.
The preschool class enrolls children who are three years old and potty-trained. Each class is limited to 12 children with one teacher and an aide. The prekindergarten class is limited to 16 students; children in this class must be four years old by August 31.
The curriculum for preschool and prekindergarten is primarily based on Washington State Early Learning and Development Guidelines. The development of healthy growth in cognitive, social/emotional, physical, language and spiritual learning in the early years sets the pace for success in school and life. We share and model our faith to nurture and build spiritual growth and character. Concordia Publishing House curriculum, One in Christ, guides daily learning by including Bible stories, songs, prayer and worship.
Teachers use a developmental checklist and portfolio notebook to assess each child’s learning progress. They meet with parents twice a year at parent/teacher conferences to discuss growth and determine goals. These years of early childhood learning open the doors for a smooth transition into our kindergarten through eighth grade program. Our teachers in preschool through eighth grade at Peace are unified in Building Faith…One Child at a Time.
Peace offers full-day Kindergarten intended to develop the young learner in academic, social, physical and spiritual skills to begin elementary education. Our class size is limited to 24 students in a safe and secure setting where students are comfortable and ready to grow in learning. When the class size exceeds 18, an aide assists the teacher during concentrated academic learning. The teacher interacts with each student on an individual basis providing differentiation according to learning style to help them reach their potential. The kindergarten curriculum is academically rigorous in math, language arts, social studies and science to stimulate curiosity, balanced with social activities to create a community of learning. Kindergarten also offers weekly music, art, physical education, and Spanish classes.
Our teachers apply Christian standards in the light of God’s Word to all subjects. The Christian environment is an important benefit to your child as he/she is nurtured to work toward the academic success of his/her God-given talents. The elementary program at Peace offers a balanced curriculum in compliance with guidelines of the Washington State Learning Standards. Your child will be encouraged to be a high achiever and will be prepared for entrance to high school.
The courses of study include Religion, Language Arts (Reading, Literature, Writing, Grammar and Spelling) Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Health, Physical Education, Art, Music, and Spanish. Weekly chapels provide worship and praise as students reflect on God’s love and form a personal relationship with their Lord and Savior.
Middle School at Peace begins in fifth grade with teachers endorsed in specific fields of study. In addition, middle school students experience drama, choir, yearbook, STEM and electives. Students can also opt to participate in competitive athletics, Lego Robotics, Dance and Advanced Handbells outside of school hours.
Students in grades 7 and 8 shepherd younger students in the morning by greeting them at morning drop-off. They help students out of the car, walk them to the classroom door (preschool through grade 1) and sign them into the classroom.
Extended Classroom Experiences
Students in grades 6 through 8 participate in extended classroom experiences. Grade 6 students attend an outdoor education experience at Miracle Ranch with other Lutheran schools in the Puget Sound area. They participate in a camp experience for three days and two nights exploring nature and building friendships. Activities include: horseback riding, swimming, archery, outdoor crafts and nightly devotions around a campfire.
Grade 7 and 8 students travel to Washington D.C. to tour our national government and museums every other year. These experiences are chaperoned by Peace Lutheran teachers, staff and adult chaperones. Trip details are discussed at the beginning of the school year along with opportunities for fundraising to help defray expenses. Some sites include: Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, Arlington Cemetery, Mt. Vernon, Science and Space Museum, the White House, and the Pentagon.
Each year, students in grades 5 through 8 participate in the Lutheran Elementary School Tournament (LEST) at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon. This tournament is sponsored by Concordia to promote the fellowship of the Lutheran Elementary Schools in the Northwest and to highlight God-given gifts and talents. The tournament offers a vast array of athletic, musical, and academic events for our students to compete in over a three-day period (Thursday – Saturday) during President’s Day weekend.