Pre-K – Reopening Fall 2021



Learning is a joyful experience for 4-year-old and young 5-year-old children* at Saint Cecilia. Our Pre-Kindergarten program provides the perfect balance of structure, caring, discipline and nurturing as students embark on their first experiences with what will become the foundations for math, science, social studies, art, language, music movement and dramatic play.

*Entering students must meet the age requirement by August 31.

Curriculum Highlights


Our older students serve as role models for Pre-Kindergarten children. Pre-Kindergarten students are joined by older students who come to the Pre-Kindergarten classroom as “reading buddies.” All students visit the public library regularly.

Pre-Kindergarten students work on

  • Making friends and collaborating with others
  • Expressing themselves and listening attentively
  • Writing, reading and numbers
  • Developing fine motor and gross motor skills

To learn more please download the Pre-Kindergarten curriculum PDF.

Class Photos




Sheelagh Carleton

Explorers / Pre-K Instructor


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. -