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  • What subjects will be taught?
    We cover standard subjects like reading, writing, and math as well as less common subjects like engineering, technology, entrepreneurship, nature, and arts.
  • What are the benefits of a nature-based STEM school?
    Being outdoors promotes physical activity, helping children develop gross and fine motor skills. It also supports social and emotional development as students learn teamwork, problem-solving, and resilience in an outdoor setting. We provide hands-on learning experiences that allow students to directly engage with STEM concepts. This approach fosters a deeper understanding of STEM concepts and enhances critical thinking skills.
  • What is STEM?
    STEM is short for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. We understand that STEM skills are necessary for success in our world today and aim to help students develop competence and foundational knowledge through hands-on learning. This firm foundation in STEM will set your child up for success in school and an eventual career!
  • How much does it cost?
    Our annual tuition for the 2024-2025 school year is $12,000. All families who register for our inaugural year will be awarded a Founding Family Scholarship of $3,000 in perpetuity - making your child's tuition $9,000! There is an initial $200 registration fee. This will reserve your child's spot and go towards the first month's tuition.
  • Is financial aid available?
    Yes! We encourage all of our students to apply for the Utah Fits All Scholarship - recipients will be awarded $8,000 towards their tuition. Other scholarships are available. Please reach out to learn more!
  • How will I know my student is making progress towards learning goals?
    We use portfolios to gauge a student's learning progress throughout the year. We can't wait for you to see the difference from beginning to end as your child grows and learns!
  • Is this school suitable for neurodiverse students?
    An outdoor setting often has fewer sensory distractions than traditional classrooms. This can be especially beneficial for neurodiverse students who may struggle with sensory overload. Research has shown that exposure to nature can help improve attention and reduce symptoms of ADHD. The calming and predictable cycles of a natural environment can help students focus and learn effectively. Many neurodiverse students benefit from hands-on and experiential learning. Nature-based STEM education naturally aligns with this style of learning, allowing these students to engage actively with their studies. Please reach out to our team to discuss your child's needs so we can accommodate them to the best of our ability.
  • What qualifications do teachers have?
    Our teachers have all completed a four-year college degree and are certified teachers. We recruit teachers who have a passion for interest-based learning and connecting STEM concepts in hands-on ways.
  • What is the school schedule?
    We follow the Nebo District calendar for instructional days and breaks. Since we are only K-8, this makes it simple for families with children in both elementary and older grades to plan family time together. Monday through Thursday are instructional days on campus from 9:00 - 3:00. Each Friday is an early-out Flex Friday from 9:00 - 1:30.
  • What is Flex Friday?
    Every Friday is Flex Friday - we use these days for local exploration, individual projects, and field trips. This might mean that we meet at the mouth of Santaquin Canyon for a nature hike, at our campus for social play and exploration, or something that the students help plan and execute with a community partner! Flex Friday schedule is 9:00 - 1:30. We will help arrange carpools as needed.
  • What is the purpose of mixed age classrooms?
    Our school has a total of 50 students grades K-8. We believe that mixed age class groups help students grow and learn in a more natural environment. Younger students look to their older peers as examples of knowledge and skill while older students have the opportunity to develop leadership and mentorship skills. Instruction within the classes is graduated so that all students are taking the next step on their individual learning pathway.
  • How many students are in each class?
    Each class has a capacity of 20 students and is led by one of our excellent certified teachers and one teaching assistant. Keeping our teacher to student ratio around 1:10 enables your child to get individualized attention and feedback.
  • How can I support my child's learning outside of the classroom?
    Your importance in your child's learning cannot be overstated. We count on parents to provide a stable home environment where children can learn and play. Since we do not assign homework, it's important that you incorporate educational opportunities into your family dynamics such as reading aloud, asking your child to help you reduce a recipe, or verbalizing STEM activities. You are your child's lifelong teacher and we work as a team to help your student thrive!
  • Is lunch provided?
    We encourage our students to bring lunch from home. We have refrigerators and microwaves to store and warm lunches. We have a small selection of pre-packaged sack lunch items available for purchase.
  • Are school uniforms required?
    We require all students and teachers to dress appropriately for the environment. This means long pants and closed-toe shoes so that students can explore and play safely. We require all students and teachers to dress appropriately for the weather. This means a rain jacket and boots, coats and gloves, or full snowsuits during colder months. We have partnered with Oaki to provide outdoor clothing to students and families at cost. Orders will be taken in the first month of school.
  • Will my child be safe outside?
    Students are never outside without supervision. Each class has a dedicated teacher and teacher assistant to help ensure safety and guide learning. We also spend ample time with students discussing how to be safe in nature. That said, there are many benefits to "risky play." During risky play, students explore and expand their personal comfort zone for gross and fine motor activities. This might look like balancing while walking on a log or working up to skipping rings on the monkey bars. We make every reasonable effort to ensure student safety and encourage students to do regular check ins with themselves to ensure they feel safe and comfortable during play.
  • Do you go outside in winter?
    Yes! We believe in exploring and connecting STEM and nature in all seasons. On cold days we might seek shelter under pavilions or in greenhouses while we learn. We encourage students to bring appropriate outdoor clothing and provide ample opportunities to warm up throughout the day. We have partnered with Oaki to provide outdoor clothing to students at cost. Orders will be taken in the first month of school.
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