Welcome to St. John’s kindergarten program!

St. John School offers a robust full-day kindergarten program. As with all TK-8 grades at St. John, kindergarten teaching guidelines follow the California State Standards (Common Core) and are shaped by Catholic teachings, doctrine, and tradition. Kindergarten students receive English language arts, math, science, social studies, and religion from their kindergarten teacher daily. Kindergarten students receive PE and nutrition education twice a week from our Athletic Director and Spanish language instruction once a week from our dedicated Spanish teacher. Special music, dance, technology, and art classes rotate through the curriculum in 6-week segments. 

Kindergarteners love to move so kindergarten students enjoy 3 recess breaks a day, lunch at tables outside (weather permitting), and active outdoor activities whenever possible. St. John offers a separate kinder and TK-only play area with age-appropriate toys and structures for creative play. Kinder students also enjoy our larger yard for running games, hopscotch, chalk play, and social connection with our younger lower grades.

Carefully planned field trips help expand our kinder students’ experience learning in new environments, build their confidence, and expose them to teaching not readily available in a classroom setting. Common kindergarten field trips include visits to a pumpkin patch, the San Francisco Zoo, the DeYoung Museum, and the Children’s Creativity Museum. Parents are always welcome to join our expeditions.

Gifted parents often bring expertise into the classroom, adding their unique skills to our Kinder students learning experience, as well. Depending on the parent community, kindergarteners may host visiting authors, arts and craft volunteers, engineers, nurses, construction experts, firefighters, police officers, bakers, and a variety of other gracious volunteer educators.

How do I enroll my child?

Visit the TK/Kindergarten section of our Admissions page to learn more about enrolling your child in St. John School’s kindergarten program. We invite you to schedule a tour to learn more about our school.

Parent Volunteers

All adults, including parents and family members, who volunteer on the school campus or for any school activities must complete the San Francisco Archdiocese Safe School Program and adhere to all school safety policies.

An Inside Look

St. John School is a private Catholic transitional kindergarten, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school located in San Francisco. Take a peek at our school days and special events. Visit our Kindergarten Gallery!