St. Mark Lutheran Preschool

100 Alderman Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903
At, we realize that cost of care is a big consideration for families. That's why we are offering an estimate which is based on an average of known rates charged by similar businesses in the area. For actual rates, contact the business directly.

Details and information displayed here were provided by this business and may not reflect its current status. We strongly encourage you to perform your own research when selecting a care provider.

Details and information displayed here were provided by this business and may not reflect its current status. We strongly encourage you to perform your own research when selecting a care provider.

In business since: 1964
Total Employees: 2-10

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Monday :
6:00AM - 6:00PM
Tuesday :
6:00AM - 6:00PM
Wednesday :
6:00AM - 6:00PM
Thursday :
6:00AM - 6:00PM
Friday :
6:00AM - 6:00PM
Saturday :
Sunday :

Program Details

Child Care Center/Day Care Center
Preschool (or Nursery School or Pre-K)
Additional Details
Summer care / camp
Special needs care

Cost & Availability

At, we realize that cost of care is a big consideration for families. That's why we are offering an estimate which is based on an average of known rates charged by similar businesses in the area. For actual rates, contact the business directly.
Full Time (5 days/wk)
Part Time (1-4 days/wk)
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Ratings & Reviews

( 6)
Meredith R
This sweet play-based school has talented teachers who know how to set up enriching play experiences (inside and outside) with their peers and let the magic happen, only intervening when absolutely necessary. These kids are developing all sorts of important skills that can't be tested on a standardized assessment like problem solving, team work, negotiating, creativity and imagination, empathy among others.

As a Nature Explorer certified playground, this outdoor classroom is an extension of what happens inside. The dramatic play, music, art garden, mud kitchen areas continue their play based learning in the fresh air.

When the playground installed huge tubes, the kids discovered that the splash-blocks (usually kept under the rain gutters) made sliding through the tube more exhilarating. Children waited at the top of the tube for a turn as each child arose from the bottom of the tube. Watching this organic discovery and turn-taking w their friends of all ages was magical. No one took the splash-blocks away for being used inappropriately, or in fear of damaging them. Teachers observed this magic and let the kids take ownership of this scene. I love that my kids get to go to a school where this sort of thing happens daily.

We feel so blessed to have been part of the St Mark Preschool family.
John R
I cannot say enough positive things about this lovely place. If there is one cliche built on truth, it is that parenting is hard. But St. Mark's and their staff have made it easier for us over the past few years, even through some difficult circumstances.

They create an environment of clear boundaries balanced by freedom and independence. They treat each child with respect, dignity, and above all love. The staff and director are super thoughtful in their curriculum, in their interactions with students, and in their overall work to build the school community. They are even actively engaged with parents; sharing stories or pictures from the day, or planning special events, or even just as thought partners or sounding boards in your parenting (or life).

We leave our child every morning knowing they are safe, cared about, and learning. Our child comes home with more than knowledge, they come home with art, with stories, with dirty knees from playing outside so much, and with joy from a great day at school.

You should, without a doubt, check this place out for you and your family.
Kathryn D
My daughter and I looked at about 10 day care centers in Charlottesville last summer (2017) to find a good fit for my grandson (age 3 at the time). This, as we were seeing some issues that made us uncomfortable at the Montessori school my grandson was attending (no leader/director on site at that school). When we had seen about seven schools we then visited St Mark Lutheran Preschool. We knew my grandson had to be there as they had everything we were looking for: incredible safety stops in place- secured doors and vigilant teachers. They also teach a Christian foundation and provide loving discipline, music, Spanish class once a week, quaint and cozy classrooms, and the outdoor playground one must see for themselves to believe it. All of the teachers we met were very kind and educated and experienced. But above all, a strong leader is key; the director at this school exudes love of children and support of staff. I am a court appointed special advocate for abused and neglected children in the foster care system which means the court has trained me to have a very discerning eye. I have been trained to report to a Judge about issues regarding children. I share that to let whoever might be reading this know that while any school may have some difficult instances, this school is excellent in safety, caring, and having a vigilant director on site at all times. St.Mark Lutheran Preschool is passionate about children and would definitely feel remiss for any issue a family might feel with a child in their care. They are vigilant and loving.
My grandson (now 4 years old) finally got in after a short time on a wait list. He is thrilled about being there and is thriving with a fun daily routine with perky teachers and a safe and loving environment. Definitely look at this school and formulate your own opinion if you are looking for quality child care.
My daughter is treated respectfully, kindly and appropriately at all times. The outdoor classroom is amazing and the teachers are beyond qualified and involved with the students. The director is a brilliant educator with a huge heart for the students and a great sense of humor. I searched many early learning centers and I found none that offered as well-rounded, loving and open minded minded environment as St. Marks. Lastly, I feel safe leaving my prkwalterecious daughter in their care because they have excellent security measures in place such as a coded entrance system and a facial recognition program as well as vigilant adults keeping a close eye.
I do not recommend this school. Despite the fact that many praise it, they have a number of issues to address.
The student to teacher ratio, though within the legal limits, is not ideal. One teacher with 12 four year olds means the teacher is often unable to devote adequate attention to your child. Ours experienced little assistance with conflict resolution due to this. When more than one class is outside on the playground, the teachers group together to talk to each other which leaves the large playground unsupervised in certain areas and can lead to arguments between the kids (or attempted abductions over the fence as they experienced in 2017). The playground has many spots where children cant be seen at all. I once arrived to pick up my child and they didn't know where he was! He was hiding behind a bush up against the building, crying! There are many options in town with both a teacher and assistant in one class, lowering the teacher:child ratio.

They place emphasis on the children doing as much for themselves as possible (likely due to the fact that they don't have adequate staff to actually help). While there is a certain appeal to this, it can be upsetting to continuously pick your child up and find that they have track marks in their underwear because no one helped them to wipe, or their pants unbuttoned because no one helped them get them back on properly, or no socks on and blisters on their heels because they removed their socks and no one helped them get them back on. They also allow the children to take bathroom breaks unsupervised and together, as at least one of the bathrooms has both a urinal and toilet. Though I did not initially think anything of this, it became apparent after touring other facilities how inappropriate this is for these children developing a sense of privacy in regards to their bodies and their friends bodies.
They also do not keep written record of any incidents. We did not realize this when touring but found out later when we asked for records regarding when our child either was injured or injured someone. I assume they can get away with this because they are a religious exempt institution which means they do not need to be licensed by the Department of Social Services (and they are not, despite listing a licensing number on some websites. Check the DSS site, they are unlicensed). Though there are certain requirements they still must abide by, I am sure there are many benefits to this licensing so it is certainly worth looking into what else they might not be abiding by (playground safety? Staff training or hiring laws?).
Finally, I will add that my spouse posted a negative review on their Facebook page and they removed all reviews from their page. In general, I feel like if a business cannot own up to their mistakes and chooses instead to hide reviews that they are acting in a dishonest way.
Beware of this school. They do have some really great teachers and the facility and playground is nice. I know many people have had positive experiences, but I also know a handful with truly horrible experiences. They have expelled a number of boys in the past year, at least two of them for seemingly age appropriate situations. Think about your small child being expelled and distanced from the teachers and friends they truly love, with no warning or lead time to find another school. It is hard not only on the family (especially if you have a job!) but most importantly the child. I suspect that their director is the source of these problems, it does not seem like she follows the beliefs that the school advertises they have. I definitely do not recommend this school to people after experiencing how cruel they can be to a small and helpless child.
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