About Us

Here at St. Joseph Preschool and Pre-k, we are academically driven. Our staff strives to
educate and care for children so the children achieve a love of learning early in life. Our early
educators intentionally teach children through play, faith, and mealtimes by getting on their level and entering their world to scaffold their learning and neural development. We offer each child the full school experience by offering art, music, and physical education classes as well as having lunch in the cafeteria.

Our program is Montana state licensed and STARS accredited which gives our program
standards to maintain a safe, nurturing, and educational environment. The programs curriculum works hand in hand with the Montana Early Learning Standards (MELS), with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and Developmentally Appropriate Practices (DAP). Early educators intentionally build their curriculum based off of the many developmental domains to help each child be successful in the present and later on in life.

Recent studies have proven that critical neural development begins right at birth and proceeds to three years of age. From age 3-5 children begin to develop socially and emotionally; our early educators are very well versed in how to properly guide this development accordingly. From an article found on the NAEYC website titled, “Promoting Young Children’s Social and Emotional Health” was this statement:

“Children’s social and emotional health affects their overall development and learning. Research indicates that children who are mentally healthy tend to be happier, show greater motivation to learn, have a more positive attitude toward school, more eagerly participate in class activities, and demonstrate higher academic performance than less mentally healthy peers (Hyson 2004; Kostelnik et al. 2015).”

Contact Us

St. Joseph Preschool and Pre-K (ages 3-5)

503 Edith st

(406) 549-1290


Our Preschool programs are open from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm. We are closed on major holidays and follow the St. Joseph School calendar for the majority of the school year, providing interim care for families who are currently enrolled on some school closure days.

We offer a summer program for preschool age children (ages 3-5) during the months of June-August.

Early Education School Calendar 2022 – 2023 Parent Handbook


  • Green Room St. Joseph Preschool: 3-4 years
  • Blue Room St. Joseph Pre-Kindergarten: 4-5 years

Rates (per month)

  • 4 days a week: $815
  • 5 days a week: $865


Our curriculum is developed based off of the Montana Early Learning Standards with an added faith portion. Pre-Kindergarten students are offered religion, gym, music and art classes which are taught by specialty teachers once a week during the school year, with the specialty religion class being taught by the school principal once a month along with classroom daily lessons. Teachers follow a curriculum map, found at the bottom of this page. Teachers are well educated and strive to provide the best learning environment for each student in their classroom. Lessons are developed off of students interests, as well as guidelines from the curriculum map and the Montana early learning standards.

Curriculum Map

HOW TO APPLY (New Students Only)

Step 1: Contact our Tuition Office

We are delighted you are exploring St. Joseph School for your child.

To learn more, please call us or fill out the contact form linked here:


Step 2: Apply Online Directly

We encourage families to apply online as it simplifies submission and provides parents the ability to track the status of their child’s application. To begin the Online Application process, Create an Account at the link below. Upon account creation, you will receive an email containing a verification link. Once your email address has been verified, log in to your account and Create A New Student Application for your child. You will then have the flexibility to log in and out of your account and access your open application.

A non-refundable fee of $250 must be submitted with each application.

After submitting the application, you will be able to track your admissions status at the school by logging in to your account. In addition, you will be able to print the completed application, monitor when the school receives any applicable supplemental forms and, if necessary, reprint the forms.