Preschool Mission Statement

To provide quality Catholic education in a faith-filled environment, serving the community as one family in the body of Christ. We are fostering active Christians, life long learners, effective communicators, responsible citizens, and self-aware individuals.

Recognizing that the central purpose of Our Lady of Joy Parish is to become ever more deeply a Eucharistic Community, the preschool will assist young children, their families, and the entire parish community in exploring the meaning of the Eucharist, and to serve others with the love of Christ.

In pursuit of this mission, the preschool will:

  • Partner with parents in the education and development of their children.
  • Help children express their relationship with God in developmentally appropriate ways.
  • Reinforce Catholic Christian values taught at home.
  • Create an environment of hospitality where faith and its values are molded.

Our Lady of Joy Roman Catholic School is a community which believes in:

  • Every child’s unique talents and abilities
  • Always following our Lord, Jesus Christ
  • Growing spiritually, academically, and socially
  • Learning as a life-long process
  • Engaging and welcoming environment
  • Service to One Another


We can’t say enough about how wonderful our experience has been at Our Lady of Joy Preschool. Our daughter Emma attended for 3 years (age 3 through Pre K) and our son Jack has spent the last 3 years there as well (also age 3 through Pre K). Emma started Kindergarten at the top of her class and has excelled at Annunciation Catholic school, partly due to her early education she received at Our Lady of Joy. Jack is also very well prepared to start Kindergarten in the fall this year. We feel very blessed that both of our children got the opportunity to attend Our Lady of Joy. Every teacher we had along the way was fantastic and the preschool community really became like family to us. The children also loved learning about the Catholic faith and that was especially important to us. We really feel that Our Lady of Joy Preschool taught our children to love school and love learning!

—The Lewis Family

Our family was blessed to have the opportunity to attend Our Lady of Joy preschool during our time in Arizona this spring. My husband currently plays major league baseball, and we were in Arizona as a family for two brief months in February and March. I contacted OLOJ to see if they would consider adding my daughter for that portion of the school year and they were incredibly accommodating. They helped transition her into the class seamlessly and provided her with the same nurturing and educational environment that all their students received. We cannot than you enough, you will forever be a part of our family!

—The Melancon Family

Ella has thrived academically, socially, and spiritually as a student of Our Lady of Joy Preschool. Her teacher was in constant communication with us, keeping us informed about the class curriculum each week, and suggesting ways to reinforce the learning process in our home. The staff at Our Lady of Joy is also amazing; they are a true Catholic Community. As parishioners, we are blessed to have the opportunity to send our children to a school that is building the Catholic foundation that will allow our children to excel in all aspects of life.

—The Cupo Family

Our sons who are 17 months apart both attended OLOJ for PreK. I had been struggling with the decision to send them to school, or to home school. Once I toured the school and talked with the staff, I realized that my children would be in amazing hands! The boys transitioned so well, loved the environment and loved their teachers. Everyday they came home describing something very exciting that they learned. OLOJ has set my children up to be lifelong learners and faith filled children.

—The Kosik Family

This year, our third grade class at Annunciation scored in the 99th percentile on a national standardized test; our second grade scored in the 94th percentile. Over a third of these students attended at Our Lady of Joy Catholic School.

At Annunciation I am eager to enroll students who have graduated from the OLJ program, since I know the Director, Mrs. Snook shares my philosophy about what children need to ensure a lifetime of success. The OLJ program upholds high academic standards, instills a true love of learning and develops a strong foundation in the faith.

Their small class sizes and top notch accredited teachers mean each child gets the attention they need. OLJ graduates come to us reading above grade level and demonstrating the foundation necessary to make good moral decisions. The OLJ graduates at Annunciation also exhibit a strong sense of compassion and social awareness, a result of the many stewardship opportunities provided during their early years at OLJ.

Principal Dr. Sharon Pristash