2nd Nature Academy

Tel: (603)881-4815
Grades: NS-8 | 100 students
2nd Nature Academy is a private elementary and middle school for children in preschool through Grade 8 where inquiry, exploration, and experiential learning are at the heart of our education.
We take an innovative approach to learning by addressing real life issues.
With an integrated curriculum, we take students on a journey of innovation, critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, collaboration, and altruism.
By breaking down barriers between subjects, our educators make learning more meaningful and provide opportunities for deeper understanding.
Students are expected to actively participate in their learning and achieve to their fullest potential.

School Overview

School Type Alternative School
Religious Affiliation Nonsectarian
Grades Offered Grades Nursery/Preschool-8
Year Founded 1997

Student Body

Total Students 100 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 14%
Students by Grade 2nd Nature Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 8 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 13:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 16 students
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Classroom Dress Code Casual
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Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $9,450
Tuition Notes $9,450 is the cost for a 7-hour elementary school day. For a full list of tuition prices, please visit http://tnotgroup.com/second-nature/tuition.php.
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 9 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Creative arts courses, Cross country, Dance classes, Drama Club, Drama Club, Fine arts courses, Recycling Club, Red Cross training, Technology Lab enrichment courses Cross country, Dance classes, Drama Club, Drama Club, Recycling Club, Creative arts courses,
Fine arts courses,
Red Cross training,
Technology Lab enrichment courses,

School Notes

2nd Nature Academy and Nature`s Pathways are located on The Nature of Things campus, the site of a former 18th century dairy farm. Consisting of 39 acres of pristine land in south Nashua, NH and Dunstable, MA, the grounds also abut roughly 700 acres of conserved and protected land in both municipalities. With fields, forests, ponds, wetlands, and a working farm, our grounds are the perfect place to learn, explore, and play!

Our property boasts several healthy, high-performance "green" buildings, including the first LEED Platinum Certified non-residential building in New Hampshire and winner of the 2010 Lean & Green Building Award from Business New Hampshire Magazine. The buildings meet strict criteria for site selection and sustainable building practices while utilizing highly efficient plumbing systems, solar voltaic electricity, and a super-efficient geothermal heating system. They also utilize recycled and local materials, maximize natural lighting, include certified wood from sustainably managed forests, and are void of products that contain toxins that may contribute to unhealthy buildings. As a result, our student body, faculty, and staff all benefit from working and learning in a healthy environment.

Students are encouraged to approach learning through investigating, questioning, reasoning, and predicting. While teachers guide and facilitate the learning process, students are expected to take an active role in their learning. The classroom is a viable community and learning is collaborative. Students are expected to work cooperatively, actively participate, contribute fairly, offer honest feedback, accept corrective criticism, share thoughtful insights, and support other students.

2nd Nature Academy Philosophy

At 2nd Nature Academy, we strive to provide a learning environment that enables students to experience success in all curriculum areas through the use of an integrated, multi-sensory curriculum. Our goal is to provide an alternative educational environment that focuses on Dr. Howard Gardner`s Multiple Intelligence Theory. This pedagogy encompasses eight intelligence areas: verbal/linguistic, logical/mathematical, bodily/kinesthetic, musical, visual/spatial, interpersonal/companion, intrapersonal/self, and naturalist. It is our belief that all children do not acquire knowledge in the same way. Therefore, we provide many varied instructional methods in order to create a more diverse learning climate. Teachers embrace all eight intelligence strengths while planning lessons, and students are encouraged to approach learning through investigating, questioning, reasoning, and predicting.

2nd Nature Academy Student-Centered Mission
  • To provide a student-centered learning environment that focuses on the whole child
  • To embrace eight intelligence strengths as indicated by Dr. Howard Gardner of Harvard University
  • To provide the fundamentals of education using inquiry based learning and multi-sensory instruction
  • To foster an attitude of cultural appreciationTo support physical, social, emotional and cognitive well-being
  • To promote values and life skills such as responsibility, punctuality, consideration, understanding, and compassion
  • To encourage an appreciation of our natural environmentTo develop an enthusiasm for learning and acquiring new skills

Profile last updated: 02/04/2016

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