A School for Childhood

We recognize that this time is a short but significant period in life when trust, curiosity, and emotion are spontaneous and expressed with exuberance and confidence.

Why your child should attend the Acorn School.

Acorn School is a non-profit, play-based preschool and kindergarten in Stratham, NH. We have a strong connection to the environment, and focus on your child’s social, emotional, and physical development as well as his/her intellectual development.

  • Our exceptionally low student-teacher ratios ensure that your child is well cared for throughout the day
  • We have a warm  friendly environment to help children feel comfortable and self-confident
  • We emphasize the process rather than the product
  • We focus on nurturing the whole child, and find learning opportunities in every part of our day, from encouraging them to pour their own drinks to taking turns bringing out the compost
  • We are the only preschool and kindergarten in the area to be TimberNook certified, which provides your child with unparalleled opportunities for nature play that challenge the senses and inspire creativity, imagination and independent play in the great outdoors

  • Our focus on environmental education extends beyond outdoor play– from using recycled materials, composting through Mr. Fox, reducing our waste and learning about endangered species and celebrating Earth Day as a community event  

Acorn apparel hoodie

Now you can buy Acorn-themed Apparel.

Now you can buy Acorn-themed apparel and benefit our favorite preschool/kindergarten!  Order kid and adult-sized clothes and accessories here.

What’s Happening at Acorn School
in October 2020

Parent Night Zooms- The week of  Oct. 5

Acorn Family Photos- with Blessed Day Photography. By appointment.

Monday, October 12- NO SCHOOL: Columbus Day

Tuesday, October 13- NO SCHOOL: Teacher Inservice Day

October 17-24- Jack-O-Lantern Jog

Saturday, October 24- Jack-O-Lantern Jog Closing Ceremony for Children Participants




2020-2021 Registration in progress




Years Old Class Size
3-4 10

Chickadees, Woolly Bears & Tadpoles 

Years Old Class Size
4-5 10

Mighty Oaks

Years Old Class Size
5-6 10

What Parents Are Saying…

Acorn School is a magical place where children blossom and entire families become part of a supportive and loving community. I recommend it to anyone in the area looking for a great pre-school and Kindergarten.

Tamara Denneen