St. Thomas The Apostle Pre & k Learning Center

Preschool in San Francisco, CA 94121

St. Thomas the Apostle School is dedicated to making Christ a vital part of the lives of its students by providing a strong Catholic/Christian community, a solid doCenterinal foundation in the Catholic tradition, academic excellence, and an environment in which each child, respected and valued as a unique individual, is encouraged to achieve his/her full potential. In community with the parents, the primary educators, all school personnel respond to this challenge by providing a Christ-centered atmosphere and opportunities in which the dignity and worth of each child is valued and respected by all.

Child Ages:
3 years - 5 years
Licenses & Accreditations:
California Department of Social Services: Community Care Licensing Division
Children per Teacher:
Infant: -/-, Toddler: 39/7, Pre k: 34/6, Afterschool: -/-
Hours of Operation:
7:00 a.m. - 5:45 P.M.

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St. Thomas the Apostle School community exists to serve its students and their parents. The school provides a solid academic foundation in a Catholic Christian atmosphere where the experienced staff responds to the individual needs of the students. We provide formal religious instruction in the Catholic tradition and a spirit of respect and service, to help form Christian attitudes in our students. Parents are encouraged to join the faculty in building a school community in which children learn and grow.

To provide a learning environment in which the needs of staff and students are respected, St. Thomas the Apostle School has established clearly stated rules and procedures. We believe that teachers, as facilitators, have a right to teach, and students have a right to learn in a pleasant, clean, and safe environment. Teachers and students work cooperatively to follow the St. Thomas the Apostle standards of conduct.

Each child is valued as a unique person with individual gifts and needs. The staff encourages each student to develop string self-esteem, and to make an active contribution to the school and community. Our challenging academic program provides an opportunity to discover the joy of learning and the pleasure of intellectual, cultural, and physical activities. We appreciate and respect the religious, racial, economic, social, and cultural diversity within our student community.

St. Thomas the Apostle School believes parents are the primary educators of their children. Therefore, we seek, a partnership, based on mutual respect, trust, and open communication, with each child’s family.


Antonella Demartini

St. Thomas' Preschool is full of talented, experienced early childhood educators who are committed to their students' religious, academic, and social development. In most cases, the educators are parents themselves, so they approach their work in a professional capacity with a personal sensibility. The transformation I have seen in my child from the time she began, when she was 2 and 9 months, until now, as she is almost 5, is truly outstanding. She simply loves going to school. She recognizes letters and numbers. She can write her name. She loves being read to, and is well on her way to being able to read on her own. She understands the difference between large and small numbers. On another level, she understands what it means to take a turn, to share, and to be able to say sorry when she has done something wrong. She is truly learning to participate inside the classroom alongside her peers. Prior to COVID-19, she was able to enjoy a curriculum that included STEM, Music, Spanish, Mandarin, and Soccer classes. At the onset of shelter-in-place related to COVID-19 in March, the school first provided distance learning online. In September, they moved to in person learning after having revamped classrooms so that children have space to physically distance. Students and teachers are required to wear masks. There are also regimented temperature checks and other protocol to take every possible step so that the school environment is safe. I feel extremely fortunate that my child began her education here. I feel even more fortunate that my child has the opportunity to continue her education at the "big school" which runs from Kindergarten to 8th grade. My husband and I could have left San Francisco some time ago to pursue jobs elsewhere, but we have decided to stay here in San Francisco because of this school.

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