2nd Nature Academy is an amazing school with exceptional teachers and staff. The school embraces the idea that students have different learning styles and focuses on teaching students how to think critically rather than to simply memorize facts to pass tests. My daughter is encouraged to ask questions and is taught how to research, investigate, and apply reasoning skills using the knowledge she has to find the answer herself. Moreover, the low student to teacher ratio allows the teachers to give one on one attention and modify lesson plans so all students are being challenged and are learning at their own pace.
Beyond the exceptional academic benefits 2nd Nature Academy has to offer, it also teaches other life skills and promotes similar values to what we instill at home. My daughter is taught to respect fellow classmates, adults, animals, and the environment, as well as what it means to be a responsible member of her community. I couldn’t be happier with the overall education my daughter is receiving at 2nd Nature Academy!
Parent of a 4th Grader
I cannot speak highly enough of 2nd Nature Academy. Our family relocated to be closer to this school, as we believe wholeheartedly in the education, mission, and values the school instills. The small class sizes, hands-on learning, regular gross motor activity, and outdoors fun are just some of the reasons why our children love being and flourish at 2nd Nature Academy!
Parent of an interim-kindergartener, 1st grader, and 2nd grader
I'm an alumnus of 2nd Nature Academy. My mother enrolled me in The Nature of Things childcare (now known as Nature's Pathways) at eight weeks old and I stayed there through 5th grade at 2nd Nature Academy. I've just turned 13 and am about to start 8th grade at the Academy for Science and Design in Nashua, NH and I still notice how much 2nd Nature Academy has benefited me. Their advanced classes gave me a boost for the complex math that I am currently learning, in addition to the environmental science classes I took in 7th grade. One skill I learned was how to do a project. I was always challenged with many hard projects but now I find the hard projects are easier for me manage now that I had that experience. 2nd Nature's curriculum has also benefited me in gaining merit badges for the Boy Scouts, helping me gain my current rank of Life Scout.
Some of the things I miss since leaving is not just going outside, but learning outside. I had many experiences of seeing many of nature's systems firsthand. One experience I will never forget is going on a hike to a vernal pool and catching some bizarre species such as fairy shrimp. I went home that day and started telling my family about vernal pools and fairy shrimp. They just looked at me blankly and asked me what I was talking about. They had no clue what I was talking about. One reason I always remember that story is because I finally knew something they didn't, but I also realized that I was learning about things most people didn't even know existed. 2nd Nature Academy gave me the base I needed to make it to where I am today.
8th Grader and 2nd Nature Academy Alumnus
From having my eldest in Nature’s Pathways childcare since he was three months old, my family already knew of the great academic programs and caring ways of the teachers on campus. After considering public school for first grade, we came to the decision that we could not be assured the same level of care as we received at The Nature of Things campus and decided to continue our son’s education at 2nd Nature Academy. Our daughter also begins kindergarten at 2nd Nature Academy this year, after her time at Nature's Pathways. Second Nature Academy has exceeded our greatest expectations. The faculty and staff truly care enough to take the time to get to know each student as an individual and treat each child as they would want their own to be treated. My son has flourished in his academic, physical, and emotional growth and looks forward to going to school each day.
Second Nature Academy makes learning fun and, when my son comes home, he enjoys reading, singing songs in Spanish and Mandarin, practicing math problems, and telling me about how it is important to take care of animals and the Earth because they are ours to take care of. On top of the outstanding academic program, 2nd Nature Academy also teaches and emphasizes the importance of being a contributing member of society, and reinforces values, manners and respect.
In addition to my son’s enthusiasm for learning, I find it is wonderful as a parent to be able to interact with my child’s learning. There is constant communication between parents and teachers and I am comforted knowing I can call the school or e-mail the teacher with any questions I have and receive a prompt response.
2nd Nature Academy has become my son’s home away from home. We could not have chosen a better school for our children. I would recommend 2nd Nature Academy to parents who want the best well-rounded education for their child and the reassurance that their child is truly cared about.
Parent of Second Grader and Kindergartener