Grace Episcopal Church Kindergarten
The Kindergarten, which was founded in 1956, is the oldest parochial kindergarten in the city of Hopkinsville and offers classes for 3, 4 and 5 year olds. It is a member of the National Association of Episcopal Schools. The Board of Directors is made up of members of the parish, and the school is under the spiritual direction of the Rector and Vestry of Grace Church. While this is an Episcopal School, the emphasis is non-sectarian, and since its beginning over half a century ago, children from families of various denominations have been enrolled. It is hoped that, through the environment and experience in this school, children will be helped in the formation of Christian attitudes and values which will guide them throughout their lives.
Grace Church School is staffed by well-qualified teachers, experienced in pre-school education. All staff members at Grace are trained by the Episcopal Diocese for proper interaction with children.
Grace Church has begun a Christian Education Program for children called the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, and this program has been incorporated into the school curriculum. The Catechesis program is based on the principals established by Maria Montessori. The overarching goal of this approach is to provide children with the opportunity to come to know Jesus as the Good Shepherd and to develop a deep and positive connection with God—to fall deeply in love with God.
A key feature of our program has always been to focus on self-esteem, to enhance and build upon a positive self-image and to foster a wholesome attitude toward the world; thus, our first task has been to invite the children to enjoy being in relationship with their teachers, to like working together, and to prepare them to like school. If a child has confidence, then interest in academics, relationships, and social skills will follow. We believe in a child centered approach to education—that is, we put the child in the center and then seek to make use of all the resources available to us to enhance learning and growth.
One of the ways to support Grace School is to register your Kroger Rewards card on the Kroger website so that, every time you purchase anything at Kroger, a small portion will be donated to the School.
All children, regardless of religion, race, or ethnic group are welcome at Grace Episcopal Kindergarten and pre-school.
2016-2017 School Calendar