2nd Nature Academy

  • 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 OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-8
Year Founded1997

Student Body

Total Students120 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 12%
Students by Grade2nd Nature Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers11 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio11:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size16 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Solid colors, appropriate outdoor and indoor shoes, school-sanctioned polos for special events)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition Notes$9,950 - $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 Offered3 sports
SportsCross 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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School Reviews

5  2/25/2017
My children have attended The Nature of Things preschool starting at age 1, Lovewell Camp, and Second Nature Academy where my son is now in 7th grade. The hands-on approach to teaching makes subjects come alive and captures the children's attention. For example, rather than reading about the biological differences between mammals and any other life form, the children interact with the farm animals and their young as they are nursing, and then compare those animals to the chickens or the frogs, etc. Math skills are honed with real life situations such as how to figure out how big an enclosure has to be if one is going to pen up a given number of animals, or how to budget the earned pretend money they earn from their school jobs. The children learn the real life implications of the various sciences by raising organic produce, organically and humanely raised animals for meat, the need for recycling, etc. They also participate in monthly service projects to become more involved citizens both locally and globally by raising money or items, through their efforts - not by the parents. Examples of their service projects include collecting Halloween candy to be sent to the military overseas, collecting cans for food for the local soup kitchens, collecting worn out denim jeans and cutting them up to be made into shoes for individuals in Africa to prevent infections, raising money through hot dog sales to buy animals to be used to generate income for individuals overseas, raising funds for children in NH battling cancer, and the list continues. As a parent with twins, I was in the unique position to observe how each child's strengths were encouraged, and any weakness dealt with, by individualized learning formats. While one child's math skills were challenged by allowing her to go forward beyond the class, her brother was given the added assistance he needed to bring his skills up to par, and neither child had to leave the class or be singled out - every child is encouraged to work at their skill level. Another incredible asset to the school is its community of families who tend to become de facto aunts, uncles, and cousins all working to help one another. Even if all the rest didn't exist, the academic program which involves Spanish and Mandarin starting in the primary grades, the advanced math and science concepts which are introduced in preschool, the intense writing competency learned through fun and interesting projects, the introduction to technology and its usefulness, and the constant encouragement to think critically rather than merely memorize data sets this school far above the rest. I just hope the High School is ready in time for us!
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