At Saint Cecilia, we help Kindergarteners develop reading skills and strategies, letter formation, writing and sentence structure. We offer an activity-based, problem-solving approach to mathematics, as well as hands-on science education. Our social studies curriculum encourages children to appreciate and understand themselves, others and our diverse culture. Religious studies emphasize working together, sharing and treating others and oneself with respect.

Curriculum Highlights

  • Scope and Sequence for Kindergarten
  • Work on mastery of basic foundational reading and writing skills.
  • Singapore Math guided by Common Core Mathematics Standards for Kindergarten.
  • Science Units guided by the Next Generation Science Standards with emphasis on applying the scientific method in examining the natural world.
  • Social studies emphasizes a kindergartners growth in his/her social skills as an individual within the classroom and school community.
  • Classroom community project with Fishline House and they participate in Music and PE.
  • Art is integrated into all aspects of the Kindergarten curriculum.

*Entering students must be aged 5 years old by August 31.

Class Photos


Sheelagh Carleton



Sheelagh Carleton was born and raised in the California Bay Area.  She double majored in Sociology and Spanish at the University of California at Santa Barbara where she rowed on the crew team.  Sheelagh studied abroad in both Spain and Costa Rica and is fluent in Spanish. She moved to Bainbridge Island two years ago with her husband and four children.  Sheelagh has worked with children all of her life - coaching, teaching and tutoring.  Her biggest and most rewarding job thus far has been raising her own vivacious, silly, kind and loving children!  

This past year she was a para educator for the Bainbridge Island School District and has enjoyed meeting new people and becoming part of the community.  Sheelagh believes young children are the most hilarious and most loving people on the planet.  She looks forward to encouraging her young students to work together to activate their super powers: a love for learning, a deep curiosity and a heart for others through the love of Christ. 



  • B.A. Sociology
  • B.A. Spanish

"But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control."
Galatians 5:22-23

Over 20 Years of Developing Minds, Hearts and Character.

- A Catholic school on Bainbridge Island for students in preschool through 8th grade. -