SJES at a Glance
  • We’re conveniently located and easily accessible — 10 minutes from UT and 5 minutes from Mueller.
  • Our child-friendly, modern campus includes four large well-lit classrooms, a library and literacy area, a sheltered deck, and a playground.
  • The school is open from 7:15 am to 6:00 pm.
  • Innovative programs and curricula offered to meet the specific needs of your child. 
  • Enrichment activities, which vary by program, include chapel, Spanish, music, art, nature hikes, fitness, and storytime through the Austin Public Library.
  • Our mission is to encourage the development of the whole child in a caring community for children from diverse religious, ethnic and economic backgrounds.


Discovery Program

A flexible preschool program 


The Discovery Program can act as a precursor to the SJES Montessori program or as a flexible preschool gradually preparing children for Kindergarten.

2 Days: Tuesday and Thursday

3 Days: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

5 Days: Monday - Friday

Times: available 7:15 AM – 6:00 PM; families are encouraged to drop off and pick up their children at times that best suit their needs and schedule. This program is designed for families seeking a flexible, high-quality preschool with options for a 2- day, 3 day, or 5 day a week program.

Discovery I

Ages: Approximately 2 ½ - 3 ½   

Discovery I sets the stage for success in our Discovery II/Pre-K or Montessori Program  

Brief Description: The Discovery I Program at St. James’ Episcopal School has the goal of enhancing the cognitive and social/emotional abilities of children. Children in this program work on skills including but not limited to verbal communication; identification and classification of objects by size, color, shape, and design; fine motor skills; and the development of appropriate social skills. This program also actively helps children who are still in the process of potty-training. This program is designed for families seeking a flexible, high-quality environment with options for a 2-day, 3 day, or 5 day a week program.

Discovery II and Discovery Pre-K

Ages: 3, 4 and 5

Discovery II and Discovery Pre-K are flexible programs which prepare children for kindergarten.

Brief Description: The Discovery II and Discovery Pre-K Programs at St. James’ Episcopal School offer an innovative curriculum which combines the Montessori model of early childhood with the Texas School Ready Curriculum, which prepares children for success in public school Kindergarten. (Learn more about Texas School Ready ).
The curriculum combines planned learning centers as well as utilization of Montessori materials that allow for child choice and self-direction, small group work, and supportive teaching. The development of language, mathematical reasoning, and scientific thought are emphasized.


        2 Days  

       3 Days

       5 Days