Christ Presbyterian Academy

Preschool

An Early Love of Learning

Preschool is where learning begins at CPA. The Preschool program seeks to immerse children in an environment that is purposeful and productive and encourages them to take spiritual, social, and physical steps that build confidence and character in keeping with the academic strands that run throughout the Academy. 

As part of the program, children learn through technology, music, foreign language, science, visual art, and performing arts. These enrichment offerings work together with our core curriculum to develop the whole child. Faculty and staff strives to encourage and nurture each individual as they develop their relationship with God and, in turn, begin to discover and develop confidence in their God-given gifts. 

Tour the Preschool

If you would like to visit our campus, email the Office of Admissions at admissions@cpalions.org for an appointment to tour. Preschool tours can be scheduled on select Monday, Wednesday or Friday mornings between 8:30 and 11:00am. Please include the birthdate(s) of your children and your preferred tour dates/times. For other questions, please contact Head of Preschool Lauren Overbeek at 615-301-3558.

Learning at Every Stage

Two Year Olds

The two-year-old class is available to students who are two years old by September 30. Twos thrive when they are in a loving and supportive environment that affirms each child's worth by honoring the reality that each child is created in the image of God. Children are encouraged to explore and discover under the careful supervision and direction of teachers who encourage and cherish their accomplishments. 

The curriculum for Twos is based on the unique daily experience and includes child-initiated and teacher-directed play and exploration. Monthly themes are used to carefully introduce God, the Catechism, language skills, sensory awareness, science, math, self help, creativity and literature.

Three and Four Year Olds

Three and Four Year Olds are ready to expand their horizons and begin achieving all that God has planned for them! They desire to seek out information, explore new territory, and make sense of our Godly world. Through child-centered classrooms, teachers encourage children to learn, explore interests, and marvel in creativity. Because teachers respect children and their work, children's self images are bolstered. 

Classroom activities follow our theme-based curriculum with an emphasis on God, the Catechism, language and literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, creative development and technology, writing and pre-reading skills. Classrooms are arranged in learning centers, and activities are teacher-directed but allow flexibility for children to independently explore areas of interest. This unique environment will help children develop spiritually, emotionally, socially and physically, while also enhancing their self-confidence preparing them for pre-kindergarten and the world.

Pre-K

The Pre-K program includes a more in-depth study of the Catechism, emergent reading and language arts/phonics, emergent math, science, and social studies. Nothing prepares your child for success in elementary school like a strong pre-kindergarten experience where academics and social development are paired with physical well-being and creative expression. 

Students are guided and instructed using a balance of group activities, individual attention, and a strong emphasis on reading, science and math. Teachers use multiple forms of ongoing assessment to evaluate students' performance and development in different learning domains and share progress with parents throughout the year. The ultimate goal is for students to experience the joy of learning, loving, and living together to the glory of the One who made them.

Quick Facts

Preschool Ages

Students ages 2 - 5 years. Please note: Students must be two years of age by September 30 of the year he/she starts CPA to be eligible for admission in the Preschool Two class. 

Teacher/Student Ratios

The preschool faculty is comprised of 19 experienced professionals, 22% of whom hold advanced degrees. Two teachers for every classroom. Class-size limits ensure small group and one-on-one instruction daily

Facilities

Located on a 58-acre campus with two age-appropriate outdoor play areas, two gyms for indoor play, and outdoor learning spaces

Parent-Teacher Engagement

Two formal parent-teacher conferences each year with appointments by request. Photos and newsletters are securely sent to parents on a weekly basis. 

Christian Worldview

Emphasis on Christian education offering daily Bible lessons, prayers, and praise and worship

Developmental Standards

Developmental standards designed with a vertical emphasis so learning experiences are foundational for the next level with the goal of kindergarten readiness

Lunch Program

Students have the option to purchase a hot lunch from the Academy lunch program: healthy, balanced meals facilitated by Flik Independent School Dining

Safety & Security

The Academy requires all campus visitors to register at reception desks. Doors are locked during the school day, and all employees wear ID badges. The CPA Preschool building includes interior cameras that monitor classrooms, and images can be seen from the lobby and the Head of Preschool’s office.

Performing Arts

Students participate in two performances each year: a Christmas program and Preschool Celebration, a musical program at the end of the year.

Service

Students participate in fall and spring service projects in coordination with the Academy service days.

Parent Connect

Parents have the opportunity to connect with other preschool parents and CPA administration through a variety of volunteer opportunities.

Head of Preschool Lauren Overbeek

Dear Parents,

Thank you for your interest in CPA Preschool! I am thrilled you would choose to explore our program! This is a loving community filled with learning, laughter, and exciting new things every day. We live out the mission of Christ Presbyterian Academy by partnering with you to best teach and care for your child.

As you walk through our doors, you will experience joy-filled classrooms where children will explore and create using hands-on activities for learning. The teachers instill confidence in each child, as they passionately teach them and love them.

These early years are formative in your child’s development and growth, and we take that life stage very seriously. The children will feel like they are coming to play with friends each day, but their schedule is filled with intentional learning objectives and developmental goals. One of my favorite things about our preschool program at CPA is the focus and teaching about our Creator.

We continue pointing the children back to God’s Word and worship Him for all that He is to us! I hope you enjoy learning about Christ Presbyterian Academy and that you will consider visiting this special place to experience the incredible atmosphere and people first hand! Please read on for more specific information on each classroom and all that we have to offer!

Blessings, 

Lauren Overbeek
Head of Preschool