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2nd Nature Academy Photo #1 - 2nd Nature Academy includes early childhood through high school.
2nd Nature Academy Photo #2 - The ideal 2nd Nature Academy candidate is engaged, innovative, resilient, collaborative, compassionate, and mindful.
2nd Nature Academy Photo #3 - Inquiry and exploration is at the heart of a 2nd Nature Academy education.
2nd Nature Academy Photo #4 - Nature's Pathways at 2nd Nature Academy early childhood program is built on an emergent curriculum, following the child's lead and interests.
2nd Nature Academy Photo #5 - 2nd Nature Academy high school students have a choice between guided independent study courses, such as Introduction to Culinary Arts, Early Childhood Education, and Sustainable Farming and Agriculture.
2nd Nature Academy Photo #6 - 2nd Nature Academy high school students have a choice between guided independent study courses, such as Introduction to Culinary Arts, Early Childhood Education, and Sustainable Farming and Agriculture.
2nd Nature Academy Photo #7 - Visual arts education at 2nd Nature Academy encourages self-expression, inspires creativity, builds confidence, and helps develops a sense of individual identity in each student.
2nd Nature Academy Photo #8 - By prioritizing critical thinking, collaboration, community connections, creativity, and communication in our pedagogy, 2nd Nature Academy creates well-rounded students who are better able to grow into positively contributing members of society, whether that be in college, career, or life.
2nd Nature Academy Photo #9 - The foreign language curriculum at 2nd Nature Academy embraces a wide range of communication skills recommended by the American Council for Teaching Foreign Languages. Mandarin (Chinese) and Spanish are both taught as part of a 2nd Nature Academy foreign languages education.
2nd Nature Academy Photo #10 - 2nd Nature Academy sits on the former site of an 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.
At 2nd Nature Academy Elementary, Middle, & High School, we foster a rigorous and responsive learning environment where students thrive, not simply survive, in their formative academic years.
We encourage students to explore, inquire, collaborate, create, analyze, and solve relevant problems.
Our unique and original educational model combines elements of skills-based curricula, Project Based Learning, transdisciplinary studies, and whole child philosophy.
We maintain a low student to teacher ratio to allow teachers the flexibility to implement strategies for differentiated, individualized instruction and build positive relationships with students.
Teachers set expectations for high standards and academic achievement while also supporting social emotional health and wellness for all students. Project Based Learning allows students to engage in collaborative exploration and work on authentic projects to solve complex, real-world challenges.
Transdisciplinary studies integrate the perspectives of multiple disciplines in the problem-solving process.
Students learn through questioning, investigating, researching, reasoning, comparing, and reflecting.
They demonstrate their skills and knowledge by creating genuine products and presentations for real audiences.
Whole child educational philosophy ensures that students are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged in school.
We encourage students to work collaboratively in both small and large groups, thus promoting a balance between a sense of self and belonging to the group.
By working together, they develop important interpersonal and communication skills such as dialogue, negotiation, compromise, empathy, self-control, problem solving, and conflict resolution.
Each student has the opportunity for his/her voice to be heard.
These practices have resulted in a tight-knit school community, further strengthened by participation in student facilitated service learning projects as well as events and activities on campus.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked NH School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-12
  • Students: 180 students
  • Acceptance rate: 73%
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

Top Rankings

2nd Nature Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in New Hampshire for:

Category
Attribute

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.
Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Year Founded
1997

Student Body

Total Students
180 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
11%
State avg.: 20%
Students by Grade
2nd Nature Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
28 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
44%
Average Class Size
15 students
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
Research, Seminar, U.S. History
Classroom Dress Code
Casual
(Solid colors, appropriate outdoor and indoor shoes, school-sanctioned polos for special events)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Tuition Notes
$12,080: Kindergarten - Grade 4 | $12,600: Grades 5-8 | $16,500: Grades 9-12 (For early childhood pricing or additional details, please visit http://www.2ndnatureacademy.com/tuition.)
% on Financial Aid
15%
Acceptance Rate
73%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Kaitlin Quinn-Stearns, Deputy Head of School

Sports

Total Sports Offered
4 sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
8 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
Recycling Club, Red Cross training

Arts and Music Programs:
Creative arts courses, Dance classes, Drama Club, Fine arts courses, Technology Lab enrichment courses

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Cross country

School Notes

  • At 2nd Nature Academy Elementary, Middle, & High School, we foster a rigorous and responsive learning environment where students thrive, not simply survive, in their formative academic years. We encourage students to explore, inquire, collaborate, create, analyze, and solve relevant problems. Our unique and original educational model combines elements of skills-based curricula, Project Based Learning, transdisciplinary studies, and whole child philosophy. We maintain a low student to teacher ratio to allow teachers the flexibility to implement strategies for differentiated, individualized instruction and build positive relationships with students. Teachers set expectations for high standards and academic achievement while also supporting social emotional health and wellness for all students. 
  • Project Based Learning allows students to engage in collaborative exploration and work on authentic projects to solve complex, real-world challenges. Transdisciplinary studies integrate the perspectives of multiple disciplines in the problem-solving process. Students learn through questioning, investigating, researching, reasoning, comparing, and reflecting. They demonstrate their skills and knowledge by creating genuine products and presentations for real audiences. Whole child educational philosophy ensures that students are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged in school.
  • We encourage students to work collaboratively in both small and large groups, thus promoting a balance between a sense of self and belonging to the group. By working together, they develop important interpersonal and communication skills such as dialogue, negotiation, compromise, empathy, self-control, problem solving, and conflict resolution. Each student has the opportunity for his/her voice to be heard. These practices have resulted in a tight-knit school community, further strengthened by participation in student facilitated service learning projects as well as events and activities on campus.
Profile last updated: 07/28/2021

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (6 reviews)
5  
Our daughter has been attending 2nd Nature Academy for two academic years and she loves it. The school provides a strong curriculum while fostering emotional intelligence as well as curiosity and respect for nature. My daughter adores all the teachers and feels a sense of belonging and community. The best part - she is inspired to learn and we could not ask for more. We feel fortunate to have her be a part of the 2nd Nature Academy community!
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5  
My children love this school! From the amazing dedicated teachers to the students to the well-balanced curriculum that perfectly combines skill-based learning with project-based learning. 2nd Nature Academy does an excellent job integrating their compassion into their teaching standards, emphasizing the importance of values, and building leaders through each of their lessons. The teachers are passionate about seeing all of their students succeed. Communication is extremely important to our family and at 2nd Nature Academy, communication is top-notch. They are so great about sharing proud moments, good behaviors, and achievements, as well as getting parents involved should an issue arise all in a very respectful and approachable manner. Our family has been a part of the 2nd Nature Academy for the past 7 years and could not be happier.
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5  
The 2nd Nature Academy community is truly amazing. The teachers go above and beyond making sure the student's academic and social-emotional needs are consistently being met by providing individualized instruction in order for "unique" learners to gain the confidence they need to thrive in school. One thing that sets this school apart from other mainstream schools is how they teach students conflict resolution by talking as a group, so children learn how to advocate for themselves without feeling singled out. If you are looking for a small school atmosphere with a truly unique learning experience where students are encouraged to explore, inquire, collaborate, create, analyze, and solve relevant problems through their experiential learning approach, then we highly recommend 2nd Nature Academy!
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5  
The 2nd Nature Academy community is truly amazing. The teachers go above and beyond making sure the student's academic and social-emotional needs are consistently being met by providing individualized instruction for "unique" learners to gain the confidence they need to thrive in school. One thing that sets this school apart from other mainstream schools is how they teach students conflict resolution by talking as a group so children learn how to advocate for themselves without feeling singled out. If you are looking for a small school atmosphere with a truly unique learning experience where students are encouraged to explore, inquire, collaborate, create, analyze, and solve relevant problems through their experiential learning approach then we highly recommend 2nd Nature Academy!
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5  
My daughter is fortunate enough to attend this private school that has fostered an incredible sense of individualism, acceptance, creative thinking, critical thinking, project-based learning, kindness-. the list goes on. She wakes up excited to go to school and the staff and teachers truly and genuinely care for our children. I feel she couldn't be better supported or positioned for a successful future.
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5  
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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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked NH School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-12
  • Students: 180 students
  • Acceptance rate: 73%
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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