Our School

St. Thomas’ Preschool, originally St. Thomas’ Nursery School, was founded in 1951, and is one of the oldest and premier preschools in the region. At STP, we educate children in the Episcopal tradition, nurturing each child’s social, emotional, cognitive and spiritual development.

We encourage our students to ask questions, to respond to others, to be responsible, to problem-solve, to create, to enjoy books and to actively play. Our specials include Chapel, Music, and Movement. These experiences help children to conceptualize their world and lay the foundation for sound learning. We provide a loving, supportive, safe and educational environment for preschool children from the ages of 2 yrs old -5 yrs old. We serve children in both the congregation and in the community, and are fortunate to closely align with a large, welcoming Episcopal Church with dynamic ministries for children, youth and young families.


I have been part of this wonderful school since 2006, first as a parent and in 2009 as Director of STP. I have a deep love for this school and feel blessed each day when I come to work. Our teachers provide a loving and nurturing environment for your child to learn. Our education philosophy is that children learn best through play, while being inspired by nature. We are blessed to be able to utilize our 43 acre campus during our school day. Nature is a powerful teacher and we believe learning in and with nature provides endless possibilities for your children. We welcome visitors anytime. Admissions begin in January of each year, and we encourage you to come visit our school and our campus.

-Shari Petrakis, Director

Non-Discrimination Policy:  St Thomas’ Preschool accepts children irrespective a child’s race, color, sex, age, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, gender or disability. In addition, we maintain non-discrimination in services without regard to an individual’s race, color, sex, age, religious creed, national origin (including limited English proficiency), ancestry, gender or disability.

A parent, who believes they have been discriminated against, may file a complaint of discrimination with any of the following:

Department of Public Welfare
Bureau of Equal Opportunity

Room 223, Health and Welfare Bldg
PO Box 2675
Harrisburg, PA 17105

U S Dept of Health and Human Services
Office for Civil Rights
Suite 372, Public Ledger Bldg.
150 South Independence Mall West
Philadelphia, PA 19106-9111