Apple Orchard School

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Apple Orchard School Photo #1 - At Apple Orchard, because we're a school on a farm, we spend a great deal of time outside running in fields, feeding the ducks in the pond, walking our goats, building with rocks and branches, sledding, and stomping in puddles.
Apple Orchard School Photo #2 - Play is a primary learning path at Apple Orchard School, and our unique farm environment provides unlimited opportunity for skills learned through play to be applied to classroom foundational learning.
Apple Orchard School Photo #3 - We use the farm around us not simply because it is available, but also because there is a direct and positive correlation between contact with nature, imaginative play and learning.
Apple Orchard School Photo #4 - At this age, we want to capitalize on what engages children at this age so that they are excited and interested in learning!
Apple Orchard School Photo #5 - One parent captured our curriculum focus well stating, "I am thrilled that we have been able to find a preschool for our daughter that elevates play and concrete activities over academic concerns. You don?'t pretend to do things, but you really do them."
Apple Orchard School Photo #6 - We use our outdoor environment extensively for their learning and for the development of the whole child. The wild animals (geese, hawks, rabbits, deer, turtles etc.) and our domestic animals (chickens, a donkey, a miniature horse, and two goats) along with the growing and harvesting of crops play a large role in our teaching.
Apple Orchard School Photo #7 - While taking care of the environment and our animals, the children spend a great deal of time outdoors noticing the world around them. We use these unique opportunities on the farm to teach children many of the skills they will need later in life.
  • Our mission is to build an environment of trust and instill a lifelong love of learning within our active farm community.
  • We spend a great deal of time outdoors and believe the farm, animals, trees, and fields are central to learning and to the development of the whole child.
  • Through hands-on exploration and play, we strive to strengthen your child`s self-image as confident and capable learners.
  • Our teachers create an environment of trust that encourages your child to take chances, develop peer connections, and pursue their natural curiosity with the excitement of teachable moments.

School Overview

School TypeEarly Childhood / Day Care
School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association for the Education of Young Children
Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-Kindergarten
Year Founded1971

Student Body

Total Students95 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
13%
State avg.: 21%
Students by Grade Apple Orchard School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers20 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio5:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size13 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(children play outdoors and get dirty)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineDec. 20
% on Financial Aid
15%
Admissions DirectorDiana Walcott

School Notes

  • We believe preschool children learn best through hands-on exploration and play, which is at the core of our curriculum. Play develops precisely the qualities children need to lead happy, productive lives such as persistence, planning, problem solving, ability to communicate, and capacity to collaborate.
  • Play is a primary learning path at Apple Orchard School, and our unique farm environment provides unlimited opportunity for skills learned through play to be applied to classroom foundational learning. At this age, we believe that sitting and having a child count blocks doesn`t compare to jumping from stump to stump while counting, or noticing how many ducks are on a pond one day compared to the next. We want to capitalize on what engages children at this age so that they are excited and interested in learning!
  • We use the farm around us not simply because it is available, but also because there is a direct and positive correlation between contact with nature, imaginative play and learning. Both inside and out of the classroom, we do frequent art projects and participate in the exploration of building, estimating, measuring, and structural problem solving in keeping with the trend of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math).
  • One parent captured our curriculum focus well stating, "I am thrilled that we have been able to find a preschool for our daughter that elevates play and concrete activities over academic concerns. You don`t pretend to do things, but you really do them. I love it that the kids pick vegetables, collect eggs, and cook snacks together. I think it`s nothing short of fabulous that the children got to watch ducks raised from eggs and set free on the pond."
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    Brookline, MA 02445
    (617)277-2456
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    (508)222-8675
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    6.5 miles
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    Belmont, MA 02478
    (617)484-3078
    6.5 PK-8
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    Grades: PK-K | 105 students
    5.5 miles
    74 Joy St
    Boston, MA 02114
    (617)227-0822
    5.5 PK-K
    105

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All three of our children attended Apple Orchard School and absolutely loved it. It's farm environment offers an unrivaled opportunity for learning and play. For our children, it inspired a lifelong love of school and learning.
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