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St. Sebastian School, West LA

Pre-K to 8th Grade. Dual Language Immersion

Spanish Immersion Preschool

Full Spanish Immersion classrooms for 2 and 3 year olds.

Age Requirement for Admission

​Preschool students must be at least 2.5 years old before September 1st.

How Does The Preschool Spanish Immersion Program Work?

In our Preschool Spanish Immersion program, teachers will speak to children completely in Spanish so as to create an “immersion” experience. Teachers will use gestures, actions, pictures images, point and model so that students understand what she is saying. This method in teaching is called comprehensible input and helps children understand the context of what is being spoken.

  • The teacher will speak to them only in Spanish (unless it’s a complete emergency or they are very upset and must be comforted).
  • Students who only know English will acquire the Spanish language.
  • Spanish speakers will learn academic content in their native language and add additional proficiency.
  • Learning through interaction, instruction, songs, colors, and theme vocabulary words in both languages.
  • Our curriculum is customized to meet each child’s individual needs socially, emotionally, physically and cognitively.

Routines are also a big part of the immersion experience

  • After a couple of weeks, students will begin to identify patterns and know what to expect and therefore their comprehension of the language will increase.
  • For example, they may not understand the phrase “sentémonos en un circulo.” However, after the third or four day, when the teacher uses this phrase and she sits down for circle time and two or three other students do the same, the students realize, that phrase means “let’s sit down for circle time.”
  • Just like students begin to understand this routine by the teacher’s actions and then begin to associate the words and phrases, so will students being to understand the other routines like when it’s time to wash our hands, eat snack, and prepare their cot to take a nap.

We Provide Potty Training, Music & Movement, Healthy Snacks:

  • Two healthy snacks provided: can include grains, dairy, and fruit
  • Potty training if needed.
  • Music Enrichment
  • Bilingual Music and Movement

Sample Daily Preschool Schedule:

7:00am – Doors open
9:00am – Class begins with circle time
10:00am – Music
​10:30am – Class activitities/groups split
​12 noon – Lunch
12:30pm – Nap time
2:45pm – Wake up/snack
3:00pm – Dismissal
​3:00pm – 6:00pm – Aftercare (if needed)

Curriculum is based on:

Progress Assessment & Documentation

  • Your child’s progress is followed throughout the year and formally documented twice a year
  • It is our belief that learning is a continuum and all students will meet their developmental milestones with love and support from teachers and parents
  • Bilingual learning assessment is informed by research and assisted by our ADLA DLI and TWIN-CS membership

Preparation for Elementary School

  • The Spanish Language Immersion preschool program exists to set students up for success in our Dual Language Immersion program in our elementary school.
  • Our program is informed by our Catholic values or kindness, service and excellence. The students will move on from our program prepared to enter the bilingual educational environment in transitional kindergarten. We look forward to following the success of our students!
diverse pre-school kids in catholic school

Our Philosophy of Learning

Our program philosophy is fundamentally driven by Developmentally Appropriate Practices for young children as defined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Curriculum (Creative Curriculum by Diane Trister Dodge, Laura Colker and Cate Heroman) “Curriculum” refers to the activities the children engage in, the unique characteristics of a “child choice” environment, the ways that teachers communicate and guide children as well as the methods we use to teach children concepts and skills that support later learning in school. The following guiding principles are used when determining whether an activity or interaction is developmentally and individually appropriate.

Our preschool philosophy is based on two concepts.

1. Each child is a unique individual and will develop physically, cognitively, emotionally and socially at his or her own pace. We see children as competent learners, capable of engaging with ideas and the world around them. They are fully capable of developing through Spanish Immersion.

2. It is our belief that children learn through play. Play is their work. Additionally, play is the natural mode of learning for the young child. It is through play and our hands-on approach that we introduce literacy, early mathematics, science and social studies. We believe that it is essential to create an atmosphere of trust and safety where children will strive to become independent critical thinkers who feel free to explore their environment confidently. Play is not a hinderance to bilingual learning, in fact, it is extremely helpful.

toddlers playing on yard equipment in preschool

Social / Emotional Development

Social/emotional development during preschool years is about socialization-the process by which children learn the values and behaviors accepted by society. It is also about becoming a competent and confident person.

There are three goals for social/emotional development:

1. Achieving a sense of self: knowing oneself and relating to other people-both children and adults.

2. Taking responsibility for self and others: following rules and routines, respecting others, and taking initiative.

3. Behaving in a pro-social way: showing empathy and getting along in the world, for example, by sharing and taking turns.

Children with backpacks in assembly

Physical Development

Physical development includes children’s gross (large muscle) and fine (small muscle) motor skills.

There are two goals for physical development:

1. Achieving gross motor control: moving the large muscles in the body, especially the arms and legs, consciously and deliberately. Gross motor control includes balance and stability; movements such as running, jumping, hopping, galloping, skipping; and physically manipulations such as throwing, kicking and catching.

2. Achieving fine motor control: using and coordinating the small muscles in the hands and wrists with dexterity. As these fine muscles develop, children are able to perform with self-help skills and manipulate small objects such as scissors and writing tools. The achievement of fine motor skills generally lags behind gross motor development.

Preschoolers doing art project in class
Preschoolers in the yard

Cognitive Development

 Cognitive development refers to the mind and how it works. It involves how children think, how they see the world, and how they use what they learn.

There are three goals for cognitive development:

1. Learning and problem solving: being purposeful about acquiring and using information, resources and materials. As children 1. observe events around them, ask questions, make predictions, and test possible solutions, learning reaches beyond just acquiring facts. Persistence and learning how to apply knowledge expands their learning even further.

2. Thinking logically: gathering and making sense of the information by comparing, contrasting, sorting, classifying, counting, 2. measuring, and recognizing patterns. As children use logical thinking, they organize their world conceptually and gain a better understanding of how it works.

3. Representing and thinking symbolically: using objects in a unique way, for instance, a cup to represent a horse; pretending, for instance, to be mommy or a firefighter; portraying the world through charts or pictures, for instance, making a graph to show changes in the weather over time or a drawing to show what happened to a character in a story. Representations and symbols free children from the world of literal meanings and allow them to use materials and their imagination to explore abstract ideas.

preschool boy playing on the floor with stacking blocks
puzzle solving in preschool class
3 year olds drawing in class

Language Development

Language development includes understanding and communicating through words, spoken and written. Children are born with the capacity to communicate with others-verbally and non-verbally. By the time they reach preschool, their ability to communicate thoughts and feelings through spoken language takes on new importance. Language becomes the principle tool for establishing and maintaining relationships with adults and other children.

There are two goals for language development:

1. Listening and speaking: Using spoken language to communicate with others, enlarging one’s vocabulary, expressing oneself, 1. understanding the oral speech of others, participating in a conversation, and using language to solve problems. As children learn to listen and speak, they gain control of themselves and their world, relate effectively to others, and gather and store more and more information.

2. Reading and writing: making sense of written language, understanding the purpose of print and how it works, gaining knowledge of the alphabet, writing letters and words. When children begin to read they gain access to new worlds of information and faraway places, including the world of imagination. Writing things down expands memory, communication, and understanding.


music teacher singing with kids in preschool

Guidelines for Admission

• DEADLINE: Applications must be turned in by mid-February.
PARISHONERS: Preferences shall be given to active members of the parish.
WAITLIST: Applications turned in after the spring deadline will be waitlisted and considered on a space-availability basis.
ENROLLMENT: If an offer of enrollment is extended, all materials (see checklist below) must be submitted before enrollment can be considered complete.
IMMUNIZATIONS: All students must comply with current California immunization and health requirements prior to enrollment.
• CONTINUED ELIGIBILITY: The pastor and principal will review a students’ continued eligibility for enrollment in the school.

How To Apply

1. Schedule an appointment to visit Saint Sebastian: Tour our school and classrooms to get a glimpse of what makes our Preschool special. Fill out the form below, or call the school at 310-473-3337 or

2. Fill out an application online. Our friendly staff will be happy to assist you in getting started.

Preschool Tuition Fees

Tuition is prorated based on student’s start date. There is an annual registration fee of $555 for all grades, this fee ensures your child’s space at the school and is collected yearly.

  • Yearly Tuition if Age 2.5 by Sept 1st = $12,025
  • Yearly Tuition if Age 3 by Sept 1st = $10,525
  • Yearly Registration Fee = $555

After School Care Fee

  • After School Care Fee 3:15pm to 6:00pm daily, yearly per family: $3,750
  • Fridays After School Care Fee – 12:15pm to 3:15pm Fridays,  yearly per family: $750

How To Pay

Tuition can be paid in full up front or divided into 10 or 12 monthly payments.
Payment is made using TADS online payment system which withdraws directly from the enrollee’s bank account. ​Select a payment option that best suits your financial needs. Please note, payments made through a credit card are assessed an additional charge for processing.

Tuition Discounts

We strive to have Catholic education accessible to as many students as possible, both with its educational programs and financial considerations; however, it may have insufficient resources to serve the educational needs of all students.


There is a $1,000 discount for Parishioners of Saint Sebastian Church.  Parishioners must be registered members of this church for a full calendar year to qualify.  In addition, the parishioners must actively participate in weekly Sunday Mass and associated Church functions (volunteering, attending functions etc.), and contribute a minimum of $1,000 per year to the church.  At least one adult and child must be Roman Catholic to qualify.


There is a sibling discount of $1,000 for families with two or more children enrolling at Saint Sebastian School.


We have new and used uniforms available for students.


We DO NOT offer financial aid for prechool.

Spanish Language Immersion



Is it too early or late for my child to be immersed in a new language?

Research actually states that learning languages around age three is actually an ideal time. At this time a child’s brain is actually twice as active as an adult’s, they have an increased ability to learn language. Language acquired early is a language acquired for life.

How soon will my child be speaking Spanish?

​Language development is a process. Some students will come home excited and show you they know how to count in Spanish, while others might not want to share what they are learning or it might take them several weeks or months to pronounce one word. This is completely normal, learning a language happens over time. Research states that it can take anywhere from 5-10 years to become fully bilingual. The important thing to remember is that learning a language sooner rather than later is better for children.

How can you, the parent, help?

Parents your support is vital and encouraged. You can begin to talk to your child today and everyday before their immersion experience and tell them what they will experience. Explain to them that they will be learning Spanish and that the teacher will speak to them only in Spanish (unless it’s a complete emergency or they are very upset and must be comforted). Let them know that they are growing their brain and that you believe in them. Encourage them to take on this challenge and remind them that it might be difficult, but they should look at the teachers’ gestures, motions, and actions. They can also always look to their classmates to make sure they are on track with the instructions given. Reading and conversing with your children, in any language, will help them develop as linguistic skill as well.

Lunch & Nutrition


lunch time at preschool and learning about helathy foods

Do you serve breakfast?

No, we do not serve breakfast. We ask that parents provide their first meal of the day at home. Receiving appropriate nourishment before arriving will help your child’s transition in morning, and sustain him or her until snack time. Children who eat breakfast:
• Perform better academically in school
• Behave better in school
• Have a more positive attitude towards school
• Are more likely to stay alert

What snacks do your provide?

We provide two snacks a day: the first one at 9:15 a.m. and the second one at 2:45 p.m. (Licensing Regulation 101227). Examples of snacks include cereals, apple sauce, crackers, cheese, fruit and vegetables and so forth. Menus will be posted at the parent board at the beginning of each month (located at the entrance of the preschool door). Menus are subject to change on snack availability.

What are lunch options and if I pack my child’s lunch what can they bring?

The school serves lunch for students from the Archdioscese School Food Services. Parents need to enroll your child in order to get the Fresh Start Healthy Meals program. Or you can choose to pack your child’s lunch. Eating together plays an important role in everyday life here at St. Sebastian Preschool. Children and teachers have a chance to come together as a group for lunch.

  • If you provide lunch from home it must be packed in a lunchbox (no paper/plastic bags).
  • Please be aware that the preschool does not provide refrigerators for children to put their lunch in nor does the preschool warm food for children.
  • We ask that every effort be made to pack only nutritious items. Uneaten food will be packed back into the lunchbox so that you may see how much (and what) your child has eaten.
  • Just like any other habit, healthy eating habits start from a young age. Therefore, certain items are not allowed in lunches or snacks. We want all out children to eat healthy, well-balanced meals (e.g. fruits, vegetables, breads). In addition, some foods are not allowed due to safety reasons.
  • Foods that contain a lot of sugar are allowed only during birthdays and special holiday celebrations. Special holidays will be determined by the Preschool Director.

We ask that every effort be made to pack only nutritious items!  ​Examples of healthy lunch items include:
● fresh fruit
● dried fruit
● vegetables
● dinner leftovers
● cheese and meats
● hard-boiled eggs (cut in squares)
● crackers
● rice cakes
● taquitos, tamales, burritos
● pizza
● cornbread
● salads
● soups
● pastas
● rice and beans
● applesauce
● cheese sticks
● bagels with cream cheese
● sushi
● sandwiches
● tuna
● tofu
● string cheese

Food Allergies, Choking Hazards & Unhealthy Choices: What foods are they not allowed to bring?

​Foods that are NOT allowed include, but are not limited to:

● chocolate, candy, fruit roll-ups
● gum
● cookies or cake
● drinks in glass containers (safety reasons)
● Foods that require special attention (heating, cooling)
● meats larger than can be swallowed (NO BONES)
● peanut butter/peanuts/nuts
● food from fast food restaurants
● chocolate milk
● Meals in cans
● soda
● juice Drinks (must be 100% fruit juice)
● pastries, doughnuts
● popcorn
● food that is high in fat and sugar
● round foods (olives, grapes, melon balls, etc.) to prevent choking
● chips

Parent Resource

Need help getting your child ready for preschool? First 5 California is a parenting website for California’s children prenatal through age 5 and their families. It promotes, supports, and optimizes early childhood development.

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