John Knox Preschool is licensed by the State of Ohio through the Department of Jobs and Family Services and has been providing education in a Christian environment since 1967. 

The Preschool is accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year. We offer classes for 3-year-olds, 4-year-olds, and 5-year-olds.  


John Knox Preschool is located at the intersection of Great Northern Blvd. and Lorain Road in North Olmsted. Applications and correspondence may be sent to:

John Knox Preschool
25200 Lorain Road 
North Olmsted, OH 44070

Please contact Nancie Rachocki at or at 440-777-5878 for information or a tour of the classrooms.


John Knox Preschool is licensed by the State of Ohio through the Department of Jobs and Family Services. We have provided education in a Christian environment since 1967. The school began as a non-profit, half-day school serving members and friends of John Knox Presbyterian Church and residents of the community.


The mission of the school is, “To provide a loving and caring Christian environment, which will help children develop mentally, physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually.” Since the beginning of classes in 1967, hundreds of boys and girls have walked through the doors of John Knox Preschool.

Program Summary: 

John Knox Preschool offers a two-day program for children who will be three years old by September 1st, and a three-day program for children who will be four years old by September 1st. Families have the choice of enrolling their four- or five-year-old in the Extended Day Class, which meets for 3 hours and 15 minutes for three days, or in the Regular Day Class which meets 2 1/2 hours for three days. See Preschool Programs for additional information on days and times. State licensing requires that all children must be toilet-trained. Classes meet from September through mid-May.


The staff consists of a director/head teacher, assistant teachers and a classroom volunteer who are all highly qualified, experienced educators who maintain their knowledge of current practices.


Rich and varied experiences are provided for the children. The first part of the class includes a discovery time when the children explore the learning centers independently or in cooperative play with their peers. Available activities promote social interaction, individual creativity, confidence, and fine/gross motor skill development.

The second part of the class presents more organized activities and mini-lessons to introduce educational concepts involving letters, phonics, numbers, colors, shapes, and spatial concepts: the foundations needed for a successful kindergarten year. Snack time and occasional large muscle activities complete the program.

Parental Involvement: 

Parents are not required to assist in the classroom but may volunteer to help for special occasions. Parents are encouraged to schedule a birthday celebration (including summer birthdays) for their child and to join in the celebration. All parents are welcome to visit the classroom at any time during the year. The school accepts no responsibility for student transportation, though parents frequently form carpools.


The Three-year-old program meets on Thursdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. The class is limited to 12 students with at least two qualified teachers. 

A sample daily schedule is as follows:

9:00-9:30 Students arrive/fine motor free play
9:30-9:50 Circle time-Theme unit
9:50-11:00 Free play, small group activities, large muscle activities
11:00-11:15 Circle time-Daily Routine/Theme review
11:15-11:30 Snack/Cleanup/Dismissal


There are two programs available for Four and Five Year Olds. The Extended Day Class meets Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. The Regular Day Class meets Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 12:45 p.m-3:15 p.m. The Extended Day Class allows children to make an easier transition to all-day kindergarten. The class is limited to 14 students with at least two qualified teachers.

A sample Extended Day schedule is as follows:

9:00-9:30 Students arrive/fine motor free play
9:30-10:00 Circle time-Theme unit
10:00-11:30 Free play, small and large group activities, art activities, large muscle activities
11:30-11:45 Circle time-Daily Routine/Theme review
11:45-12:15 Snack/Seatwork/Dismissal for Extended Day students

A sample Regular Day schedule is as follows:

12:45-1:15 Students arrive/fine motor free play
1:15-1:45 Circle time-Theme unit
1:45-2:30 Free play, small and large group activities, art activities, large muscle activities
2:30-2:45 Circle time-Daily Routine/Theme review
2:45-3:15 Snack/Seatwork/Dismissal for Regular Day students

The Purpose and Goals of John Knox Preschool are:

  • To develop a child’s self esteem (i.e. “I’m special”) and then move forward to being an important part of his/her family, community and world.
  • To understand the individual child’s level of development and mastery of skills, and then to guide him/her forward, without pressure, in a loving, encouraging manner.
  • To provide developmentally appropriate experiences to encourage mastery in: following directions in both large and small group settings, self expression as part of a group, participation in games and activities within a group, sharing, learning compassion and understanding others, developing the senses (special attention on listening skills), developing cognitive skills.
  • To help develop the child’s interest and understanding of stories and language.
  • To encourage the development of small muscles through the use of table games, puzzles, blocks, clay, handicrafts, sand, tools, etc.
  • To encourage the development of large muscles with the use of riding trucks, large blocks, exercising, dancing, jogging, skating, etc.
  • To encourage awareness of the world in which we live through science and social studies.
  • To help the child develop listening and sound discrimination, tonal difference, loudness and softness, and rhythm patterns through singing, music and movement experiences.
  • To encourage creativity and confidence.
  • To have fun as each child develops at his/her own rate.

Tuition is based on the total year’s program, not the number of days in the month. Classes run September through mid-May. Payments are due on the 1st of the month, August-April and should be mailed directly to the treasurer. You will receive a tuition statement and pre-addressed envelope each month from the teacher once the term begins.

For the 2018-2019 School Year:

Three-Year-Old Class Two days per week @ 2½ hours per day 
$1404 per year, $156/month for 9 months

Four/Five Year Old Extended Day Class Three days per week @ 3 1/4 hours per day 
$2295 per year, $255/month for 9 months

Four/Five-Year-Old Regular Day Class Three days per week @ 2 ½ hours per day 
$1764 per year, $196/month for 9 months

Additional Fees:

Registration Fee: A $75 non-refundable registration fee is required from each student per school year and is remitted with the application. All checks should be made payable to John Knox Preschool.

Download the Preschool Application

Please click on Preschool Application link above to open and print a copy of the application. Complete the application and return it to John Knox Preschool with your $75, non-refundable registration fee. Thank you!

John Knox Preschool will be hosting our seventh annual Holiday Boutique!

Proceeds brought in from the table fees and raffle will benefit the preschool by helping to purchase supplies, materials, and programs for our children. It also helps keep our tuition rates affordable.

Along with the boutique, there will be a Scholastic Book Fair. The preschool receives books from the book fair which keeps our classroom and lending libraries up-to-date with current selections.

The boutique will be held in Trinity Hall, Fellowship Hall, the Gallery, the North Foyer and in various classrooms and locations throughout the church. The facilities include large well-lit vendor areas, convenient parking facilities, and a covered drop-off area and are step-free.

If you are interested in having a table(s) at our holiday boutique please download and complete the Holiday Boutique Agreement (below) and return it along with a check made out to John Knox Preschool. Once we have received your registration we will send you a confirmation letter along with some promotional postcards. Please distribute the postcards throughout your community and when you attend other shows. Applications will not be accepted after October 31st or when we sell out, whichever comes first.

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact Nancie Rachocki at 440-777-5878 or at Thank you for helping us make the holiday boutique a success!

More Holiday Boutique Information Here