Blog : Acorn School's Green Story

By Madelaine | Jan 14, 2014 | in

Did you know that every business/organization in The Green Alliance undergoes a full and transparent Sustainability Certification? GA takes a look at what makes the business green and where they have room to improve. Check out Acorn School's Green Story below and learn more about what makes this nature-based school green! To read all of Acorn School's certification documents, click here

To say that the Acorn School isn’t your typical pre-K and kindergarten would be an understatement. At any given time, you could find yourself walking through a Native American Village, U.S. post office, Serengeti plains or an ocean abyss – the kinds of classrooms that not only engage a child’s creative capacities, but make the process of learning as fun as possible.

Launched in 1972 by Rebecca Shepard, Acorn found its permanent home when it purchased a plot of land in Stratham, New Hampshire in 1975. In 1987, the school officially became a nonprofit, with a volunteer Board of Directors including parents of current and former students. Through the years, Acorn has remained steadfast in its efforts to maintain a low student-to-teacher ratio, providing more one-on-one interaction, communication, and personal growth

Today, the school uses its beautiful surroundings to help forge a curriculum and philosophy aimed at stirring within their students an appreciation for the natural world. From their comprehensive commitment to the 3 Rs – reduce, reuse, and recycle – to composting and maintaining a robust garden, Acorn’s green focus promises to be an educational staple for years to come. Meanwhile, their beautiful outdoor tree house classroom – built with the help of Little Green Homes, and dedicated to the memory of Candy Ray, a former teacher – gives students a chance to make nature a classroom they’ll never forget.

Forty years after first opening its doors, the Acorn School continues to serve as a beacon of early childhood education here on the Seacoast. Located in Stratham, Acorn touts an incredible, diverse curriculum, where finger painting and drawing melt seamlessly with Lego-building and sign language. From science to theater, world culture to creative arts, music to creative writing; no educational stone is left unturned. The result is a philosophy where the emphasis is “on the process, rather than the product” – where learning is an adventure more about the journey than the destination.

“We are embellishing on the founding roots of the school,” explains Director Sue Bendroth. “Essentially our programs teach students to think about what they are using, how they are using it, and how they might use it in the future.”

Green Alliance members recieve $25 off their initial registration fee at the Acorn School! To become a GA member click here