Acorn School Acorn School - 40 Magical Years 136 Winnicut Road
PO Box 570
Stratham, NH

Acorn School Preschool and Kindergarten

Acorn School is a special school in the Seacoast area of New Hampshire, where young children develop and learn together in an atmosphere that is consistent, encouraging, and cheerful. Founded in 1972, this non-profit, play-based preschool and kindergarten is located in Stratham, NH in beautiful and natural surroundings. Pre-K and kindergarten programs are offered for children ages three through six.

From its inception, Acorn School has had a strong connection with the environment - through our curriculum as well as everyday acts. We compost and recycle, have a No-Idle effort during carpool to save fuel and reduce fumes and emissions, and purchase rainforest acres through the Nature Conservancy each year, among other efforts.

Warm and Nurturing Environment

At Acorn School we know that your child is unique. We focus on your child's social, emotional, and physical development as much as his/her intellectual development. Our curriculum and warm, friendly environment stimulate all aspects of your child as s/he becomes involved in learning. For it is only when a child is comfortable, self-confident, and developmentally ready that s/he is able to perform and succeed to his/her potential.

A child's play is his/her work, and it is the way s/he comes to know and understand the world and the people in it. At Acorn School, we make time for play and respect that it is a vital and necessary part of childhood.

Our Students Enjoy...

  • Hands-on projects that encourage curious minds to explore, such as art projects where we create animal masks and MayDay hats, and science experiments--like building aliens and "adopting" our own trees.
  • Nature and the environment, with adventures on our beloved playground, our new nature trail, and our very own garden.
  • "Themed" units where we study the rainforest, the desert, space, penguins, Africa, and much more.
  • Exciting, creative field trips that tie into educational units--from planting flowers at a local park to meeting the "Queen of England" at a special tea party 



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This site was designed and developed by
Michaleen Craig. The work was generously done pro bono. Michaleen would like to encourage the parents at Acorn School to reach out into their community and 'pay it forward'.


Acorn School News

Now scheduling tours for the 2014-2015 Year
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April 21-25, 2014
School Spring Vacation

Mon., April 28, 2014
Earth Day Celebration at Stratham Hill Park

Mon., May 5, 2014
Family Open House
Chickadee, Woolly Bear & Tadpole 6-7PM

Mon., May 5,7-7:30PM
Mighty Oak Information Night for 2014-2015

Tues., May 6, 201-4
Family Open House
Chipmunk & Mighty Oak

Mon., May 12
Wooly Bear, Chickadee,
Tadpole & Mighty Oak
May Day Celebration

Tues., May 13
Chipmunk May Day Celebration

Fri., May 23
Parent Conferences

Mon., May 26
Memorial Day

Tues., May 27
Acorn Evening at Flatbread & Orange Leaf in Portsmouth

Wed., June 4
9-10:30 Chickadee & Woolly Bear Last Day Program

11-12:30 Tadpole Last Day Program

Thurs., June 5
8:30-10 AM Chipmunk Last Day Program

10:30-12 Mighty Oak
Last Day Program

12:30-2 PM Chipmunk
Last Day Program

Tuesday, June 17
Begins week #1 of Camp Acorn





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to the Acorn Endowment Fund!




Acorn School Alumni
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alumni page to tell us where you are now, and get updates on what's new with Acorn School.


Acorn in the News

Day of Caring 2011 at Acorn School

Acorn mentioned in article about Acorn alum family Minute Men Painters - thanks Sean Sturk!

Acorn School - A Preschool and Kindergarten    136 Winnicut Road    PO Box 570    Stratham, NH    603-778-8285