Pre-K 3 and 4

If you are seeking an extraordinary Pre-K program in Lake County, look no further. Beginning at age 3 and 4, East Lake Academy Pre-K offers a high achieving kindergarten readiness program that is filled with fun activities where our youngest students thrive in a warm and loving environment that is academically engaging.

Because we recognize that each child is a gift from God, we strive to instill virtues, academic and character formation in a developmentally age appropriate way to provide a strong foundation for Christian leadership skills to grow.  Our private preschool program has high academic standards yet is flexible to meet the needs of each child at his/her developmental stage. We use all modalities of learning: kinesthetic (moving), visual (seeing), auditory (hearing), and tactile (touching) to develop intrinsic learning and fine motor skills.  Intrinsic motivation refers to a disposition that is driven by internal rewards. At East Lake we cultivate in our students a motivation to engage in behavior that arises from within the student because it is naturally satisfying to him/her.  Students begin to learn for learning’s sake and develop this disposition toward lifelong learning.

Through our Christian Preschool Program Students Learn:

  • Faith attributes of God, love of Jesus, Old and New Testament Bible stories, liturgical events/holidays.
  • Language arts – letter recognition/phonics, beginning reading skills, speaking/listening skills, handwriting, sentence structure.
  • Math – number recognition/concepts, shapes, counting concepts, beginning addition/subtraction, time, money, calendar concepts.
  • Science – space, earth science/plants, water, life science/animals, human body, concepts of the scientific process.
  • Social studies – historical figures, patriotic themes, geography.
  • Spanish – colors, numbers, language basics through the communicative approach.

Pre-K students have gym, art, chapel visits, Pre-K Mass, show and tell, book mobile, field trips, age appropriate service projects, and activities to develop fine and gross motor skills. 

Our 8:1 student/teacher ratio allows us to give personal attention to each child.  By working in small groups along with our resource team our teachers are able to instruct to many different levels, making sure all student’s academic needs are being met in our accelerated academic curriculum.  It also allows the teachers to work with different learning styles while still meeting the academic objectives that are necessary to prepare for our accelerated kindergarten program.  Activities leading to reading and math readiness are also a large portion of our program.  

Students enrolled in the distinctive learning environment at East Lake Academy know that they are safe and loved, thus feeling secure enough to begin (even at age 3) to explore and gain self-confidence in their God-given talents.  It is the perfect entry point to prepare for a rigorous Catholic academic life that leads to a successful East Lake graduate.

Our Pre-K 3 and 4 day is 8:00-11:30 A.M. We offer Pre-K Plus which is an extended day program until 3:00 P.M. We also offer our Pre-K families before- and aftercare beginning at 7:10 A.M. and extending until 6:00 P.M.  All of our programs are staffed by our faculty, providing that signature East Lake Academy love and attention.  We have many students in our affordable extended day programs which offer a great opportunity for parents who both work outside the home and need a safe, loving environment with opportunities for after-school extra-curricular activities.  Our program is an excellent alternative to traditional daycare at ages 3 and 4.

East Lake Academy’s private Catholic preschool is conveniently located in Lake Forest in between the Route 60, E. Townline Road, and the Route 176, Rockland Road, exits off the 294 toll road. We serve communities all over Lake County and beyond including Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, Knollwood, Green Oaks, Libertyville, Great Lakes, Mettawa, Vernon Hills, Lincolnshire, Mundelein, Gurnee, Lake Villa, Lindenhurst, Deer Park, Hawthorn Woods, Lake Zurich, Buffalo Grove, Long Grove, Riverwoods, Bannockburn, Highland Park, Deerfield, Northbrook, Glenview, Wheeling, Mt. Prospect, Arlington Heights, Wauconda.

Why East Lake Academy Pre-K for your 3 and 4 year old? We offer:

  • A safe learning environment in which your child will be known and loved.
  • 8:1 student/teacher ratio that allows personal attention for each child.
  • A strong academic curriculum in the fundamentals which educates the whole child including Spanish, religion, art, and gym that develops intrinsic learning and fine motor skills.
  • A phonics program to develop early reading skills and confidence.
  • Exceptional teachers who collectively possess over 50 years of combined teaching experience.

Pre-K Parent Testimonials 

“We chose to send our daughter to East Lake Academy because we know she’ll get a great education and be immersed in a culture that lives the Gospel. East Lake is truly a family of faith and academia.”

“We appreciate ELA’s academic rigor and excellence; in choosing a school for our children, this aspect was a given.  For us, ELA (including its leadership, staff and other parents) stood out above the rest because here, faith and character formation are prioritized.  First and foremost, we strive to raise good and kind human beings of faith, and so we chose ELA knowing the school would emphasize and reinforce our family’s values.”

Call 847-247-0035 x204 for tuition information, to ask additional questions or to schedule a tour.