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Transitional Kindergarten

Message from Paula Drutz, Director and Lead Teacher

As the Director and Lead Teacher of the Transitional Kindergarten here at Saint Anne School, I am dedicated to Catholic education and Catholic faith formation and philosophy. As an alumnae of Saint Anne School and a graduate of St. Monica Catholic High School, my early years were rich in Catholic school traditions.  I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Northridge, and my Master of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Loyola Marymount University.

I have taught in Catholic schools for seven of my thirteen years of teaching, and both of my daughters attended Catholic schools from Kindergarten through the twelfth grade.

It is with great joy that I undertake the privilege of becoming your child’s first teacher at Saint Anne School, where your child will discover and learn through playing, socializing, reading, and engaging in music, art and prayer.

Please visit my Transitional Kindergarten Class Page and blog for a more detailed peek at our classroom.

Many Blessings,

Paula Drutz

Director and Lead Teacher

Our Program

Saint Anne School’s Transitional Kindergarten (“TK”) is a Catholic, standards-based, pre-Kindergarten program.  It is founded in a philosophy of discovery and learning through play and social interaction, and is rich in learning through reading, games, interactive and dramatic play, music, art, technology, physical activity and prayer.

Cooperation and collaboration are the dual pillars of learning in our TK classroom. The classroom will be both teacher-to-student and peer-to-peer oriented.  Students learn how to share, to listen and to pay attention to others, and in our care, discover the art of friendship.

Learning centers include:

  • blocks to build houses and other buildings
  • dramatic play, dress up and house corner
  • Windows tablets for age-appropriate counting and literacy games
  • painting easels for artistic expression and exploration
  • water and sand play tables for tactile learning
  • reading corner for development of listening, story telling skills and early literacy
  • listening area to enhance auditory learning and literacy
  • activities to achieve the standards-based curriculum listed below

Teachers will be with students at all times, whether inside the classroom or outside at play. Teachers will observe, encourage, guide and always support the growing child by providing a stimulating classroom, modeling kind words and actions, and developing children’s intellectual, social and emotional skills with firm, loving and consistent interaction.


Transitional Kindergarten Teaching and Learning Standards

Click the document link below to view and print the Transitional Kindergarten Teaching and Learning standards of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Department of Catholic Schools.

Transitional Kindergarten Teaching and Learning Standards

Daily Schedule

Saint Anne School offers a full day Transitional Kindergarten, operating from 8:00 am until 3:00 pm daily, with 1:00 pm dismissal on Wednesdays. On-site after school care is available daily until 6:00 pm.

Daily Schedule for Transitional Kindergarten

Tuition and Fees

TK Tuition is $500 per month for a total of $5,500 per year (August-June). The program is full time, five days a week (part time is not an option). Tuition assistance is available for income-eligible families with discounted tuition ranging from $300 to $450 per month.

The annual registration fee is $400.

After school care is available daily until 6:00 pm for a fee of $20.00 per day (up to 8 days) or $150 per month.

Contact Us

Saint Anne School

2015 Colorado Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: 310-829-2775