Elachee Adds Kindergarten-1st Grade to Accredited Nature School for Fall

Elachee Nature Science Center will expand its accredited Nature-based Preschool learning environment to offer a Kindergarten-1st Grade program, starting in August 2016.

May 6, 2016 (Gainesville, Ga.) – Elachee Nature Science Center is pleased to announce Elachee Nature Academy will add a new Nature-based Kindergarten-1st Grade program starting in August. Now enrolling students in Kindergarten-1st Grade for the 2016-2017 academic year, Elachee Nature Academy will offer two nine-month programs this coming fall; Nature Preschool and Nature Kindergarten-1st Grade.     

Thanks to demand from area parents for the continuation of the highly respected instructional philosophies developed in Elachee’s accredited Nature-based Preschool, now in its third year, this expansion of services to include a K-1st grade classroom comes at a time when there is already a two-year waiting list for the private, tuition-based preschool program managed and operated by Elachee Nature Science Center

“Expanding our program to offer kindergarten-1st grade is particularly exciting for me because it will open up the opportunity for children to be involved in Elachee’s nature-based education for potentially four to five years,” comments Rhonda Bailey, Elachee Nature Academy Director of Schools. “To be able to offer families the choice to have their children experience an educational method that is soundly backed by more and more research demonstrating the tangible academic benefits of meeting early learning standards and enhancing students’ observant and inquisitive attitudes about learning, I believe will develop a strong foundation for these children to build a lifelong love of discovery and an appreciation for their natural world.”

Igniting each child’s sense of wonder, Elachee Nature Academy uses a unique child-directed and discovery-based curriculum, that meets Georgia learning standards, to instruct young students in engaging and meaningful ways. Characterized by innovative educational experiences in the classroom and in outdoor settings, Elachee’s Nature Kindergarten-1st Grade is also SACS/AdvancEd-accredited, making it the first and only such K-1st nature-based program in the southeastern United States. 

“With this new expansion that utilizes our natural environment as a classroom,” says Andrea Timpone, President/CEO of Elachee Nature Science Center, “Elachee continues to fulfill its mission to promote environmental understanding through education and conservation.”    

Led by a certified teacher, the Nature Kindergarten-1st Grade maximum class size will be 20 students, with a 1:10 teacher/student ratio. One significant aspect of Elachee Nature Academy’s instructional day is that students spend 50 percent or more of their time outdoors.

Working parents will also have the option to select before/after care for their enrolled student as an add-on fee to their tuition payments. Each student’s tuition includes an Elachee family membership which allows the entire family to enjoy the benefits of the Nature Center’s many public special events and programs, such as Snake Day, Raptor Fest and the Trillium Trek Trail Run. 

Elachee Nature Academy follows the Hall County Schools academic calendar. Enrollment details and tuition plans are available at www.ElacheeNatureAcademy.org. To schedule a tour and meet with Rhonda Bailey, please call 770-535-1976.

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About Elachee

Elachee Nature Science Center in north Georgia’s 1,440-acre Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve is a private, independently operated 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. For more than 35 years, this premier SACS/AdvancEd-accredited nature center has been instrumental in building environmental literacy for Georgians. Elachee serves tens of thousands of visitors annually through STEM-based environmental education classes for PreK-12 schoolsCamp Elachee summer day camps, museum exhibits, 12 miles of pristine hiking trails, other quality educational experiencesconservation activities and special programs for the public. The campus is also home to Elachee Nature Academy, the first and only State-licensed and SACS-accredited nature-based preschool and kindergarten-1st grade programs in the southeast. Elachee relies on earned income and tax-deductible donationsplanned gifts, grants and corporate partnerships, and fund raising events to fund operations. Visit www.Elachee.org.