FAQs: “Excellence is not an accident,” Aristotle

Does Saint Sophia School require testing before admission?

No. We believe in child-centered learning where all children acquire “academic” knowledge at their own pace. We build on what children already know and accept them where they are.

How does Saint Sophia School measure learning?

Children’s work is documented over time through photographing projects, scripting dialogue, and compiling projects. Our students are also assessed twice a year to measure personal growth in literacy and math skills needed for kindergarten.

What is Extended Learning vs. Extended Care?

Extended Learning is a curriculum-based program where children continue learning throughout the day. The curriculum includes art and craft projects, challenge games, outdoor nature exploration, physical fitness, gardening, puzzle play, music, quiet activities, water play, photography, and more. It is held from 12:00 noon to 3:30 Monday through Friday. Extended Care is supervised after school care. It includes indoor and outdoor play time, classroom activities and games, puzzles, quiet activities, books and snack provided by parents. Hours are from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. See Admissions for tuition and fees.

Can my child attend the Extended Learning program if not enrolled in Saint Sophia School’s morning sessions?

Yes. Extended Learning is open to children age 2 ½ (if potty trained) to 5 years old (kindergarten) if space is available.

How do parents participate in the school? Are they welcome to drop in?

Parents are welcome at Saint Sophia anytime. Parents volunteer for over forty hours per family during the school year. They learn along with their children in Toddler Tuesdays and participate in parenting classes offered by the school. They volunteer in the classroom, for special events, and in many other capacities to benefit the school. We welcome all of those interested in sharing their unique talents at Saint Sophia School.

What is an Atelier? How is it different from art education?

An Atelier is an art space for children where they are free to explore different art media. The process is emphasized over product. The Atelier is the space in which children express their artistic talents and feelings through their creations. In addition to the Atelier we offer an art program for students to learn about Art Masters. Students will be exposed to an artist a month and will create “masterpieces” of their own in the style of the artist being studied. We strongly believe in the benefit of the arts for learning and draw on the spirit of Greek Civilization that promoted the arts as a critical means of discovery and creativity.

When was Saint Sophia School founded?

In 1996 Saint Sophia School opened its doors with Pre-K and Kindergarten and added a grade every year to the sixth grade. In the spring of 2014, Saint Sophia School became exclusively a Pre-K and Kindergarten program, focusing on Early Childhood Education.

What is Saint Sophia School’s affiliation?

Saint Sophia School is part of the Greek Orthodox Community of Greater Salt Lake and is rooted in the tradition of Classical Greece (Hellenism) and Early Christianity.

What is Hellenism?

Hellenism is the cultural tradition of modern Greeks that dates back to fifth Century Classical Greece. The tradition of Hellenism is dedicated to the importance of education and commitment to the arts as the ideal means for human interconnections. The arts play a major role in the Saint Sophia Curriculum with unique focus on the expressive programs of the Atelier.

What is Greek Orthodox Christianity?

The religious tradition of Saint Sophia School comes from the ancient faith of the Orthodox Christian Church that reaches back to the time of the Apostles. This rich tradition encompasses many ethnic cultures ranging from Greek, Russian, the Balkans, to the Middle Eastern, and beyond. The church in America has approximately 5 million members from a wide range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Saint Sophia School is part of the faith rooted in Greece and brought to America with the early immigrants. For more information see www.goarch.org and follow the link “The Orthodox Church: An Introduction.”

Do you have to be a member of the Orthodox Christian church for your child to attend Saint Sophia School?

No. While the tradition of the community derives from Greek Orthodox Christianity, all students are accepted regardless of religious affiliation. Religious instruction includes basic Christian values of faith, love, hope, and caring for and helping others. Children attend a liturgy once a month to acknowledge and celebrate a Saint who displays these characteristics.

What does Saint Sophia mean?

Saint Sophia dates back to early Christianity when Sophia became a martyr for the church and dedicated her three daughters to the basic Christian values of love, faith, and hope. Saint Sophia School provides basic Christian ideals as foundations for the development of mind, body, and spirit.

What does development of mind, body, and spirit mean?

Developing brain, body, and soul health begins with a sound educational environment. Toddler Tuesdays is just the beginning. In PreK-3 & 4 students experience project-based, hands-on learning, developing critical thinking skills for good decision making while creating habits of mutual respect and caring for each other. Each member of the faculty and staff is dedicated to teaching respect for the value of each child’s mind, body, and spirit.

How does the curriculum reflect “Healthy mind, Healthy body” (noux ugih en swmati ugiei)?

Nutrition and physical activity play a key role in the development of children. Saint Sophia incorporates food education into the daily curriculum and choice of snacks, including teaching children how to take care of their bodies inside and out. Children learn about the food cycle through the children’s garden and the importance of exercise through the physical education curriculum.

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