2nd Nature Academy

Tel: (603)881-4815
Grades: NS-8 | 120 students
2nd Nature Academy is a student-centered educational community that fosters inquiry, exploration, experience, and achievement.
We develop well-rounded and independent critical thinkers who are able to create, communicate, collaborate, and conquer challenges, in order to contribute fully to society.
Our campus is in the midst of the Merrimack Valley (Nashua,NH/Dunstable, MA) and consists of 39 acres of fields, forest, ponds, wetlands, and a working farm (+700 acres of surroundingconservation land).
Our mixed aged classrooms boast low student-teacher ratios and allow for individualized attention, based on personal student needs and benchmarks.
Learning at 2nd Nature Academy is hands-on and interactive, with an integrated curriculum steeped in the tenets of 21st Century Skills and Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligences.
Preparing our learners for a global world, we offer Spanish and Mandarin foreign language instruction, starting in prekindergarten.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Grades Offered Grades Nursery/Preschool-8
Year Founded 1997

Student Body

Total Students 120 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 11 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 11:1
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
(Solid colors, appropriate outdoor and indoor shoes, school-sanctioned polos for special events)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Tuition Notes $8,450 - $10,150 for a typical 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 Sports Offered 3 sports
Sports Cross Country, Soccer, Ultimate FrisbeeCross CountrySoccer,
Ultimate Frisbee


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 8 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Creative arts courses, Cross country, Dance classes, Drama Club, Fine arts courses, Recycling Club, Red Cross training, Technology Lab enrichment courses Cross country, Dance classes, Drama Club, Recycling Club, Creative arts courses,
Fine arts courses,
Red Cross training,
Technology Lab enrichment courses,

School Notes

2nd Nature Academy is a private elementary and middle school forchildren in preschool through grade 8 where inquiry, exploration,and experiential learning are at the heart of our education. Wetake an innovative approach to learning by addressing real lifeissues. With an integrated curriculum, we take students on ajourney of innovation, critical thinking, problem solving,creativity, collaboration, and altruism. By breaking down barriersbetween subjects, our educators make learning more meaningful andprovide opportunities for deeper understanding. Students areexpected to actively participate in their learning and achieve totheir fullest potential.

2nd Nature Academy is a multifaceted educational community oflearners, families, educators, farmers, volunteers, and communitymembers with shared beliefs and attitudes. We share a commoncommitment to a set of ideals that support sustainability,life-long learning skills, service learning, and humane education.Together we work as a community to instill a sense of wonder andcuriosity, to cultivate a sense of belonging, and to establishrelationships with fellow humans and our natural world.

2nd Nature Academy Student Expectations

Students are encouraged to approach learning through investigating,questioning, reasoning, and predicting. While teachers guide andfacilitate the learning process, students are expected to take anactive role in their learning. The classroom is a viable communityand learning is collaborative. Students are expected to workcooperatively, actively participate, contribute fairly, offerhonest feedback, accept corrective criticism, share thoughtfulinsights, and support other students.

2nd Nature Academy Student-Centered Philosophy

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

Pedagogical Goals
  • To provide a student-centered learning environment that focuseson 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 basedlearning and multi-sensory instruction
  • To foster an attitude of cultural appreciation
  • To support physical, social, emotional and cognitivewell-being
  • To promote values and life skills such as responsibility,punctuality, consideration, understanding, altruism, andcompassion
  • To encourage an appreciation of our natural environment
  • To develop an enthusiasm for learning and acquiring newskills
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