K - 8th Grade

 Kindergarten-8th Grade Full Curriculum

8:1 student:teacher ratio
plus, Support Staff

We run on a 12 month schedule, starting mid-August running
through July each school year.
*We follow the same holiday and Teacher Workday schedule as Madison County Public schools, but we take the month of January off and go through June.  In July, we offer our amazing Summer Camps!

 

​Rate Per Student
$6,300 per year
  $525 per month / 12 mo.  

Hours
Monday-Friday
8am-3pm

 

Our Kindergarten Program

Our kindergarten program has a unique blend of farm, art, and forest concepts infused into a developmentally appropriate curriculum designed specifically for our 5 & 6 year old students.  Their schedule and daily rythmns run independently from the rest of the school allowing for plenty fo time to learn routines, develop their sense of wonder, and ignite the author, artist, gardener, environmentalist, and scientist in each of them!  The Cabin is their dedicated indoor learning space and the great outdoor campus of Woodson Branch is their lab.

ELEMENTARY Program 1st - 4th grades
Middle School program 5th-8th


                       Monday - Thursday   leveled English Language Arts and Math groups


FRIDAY   related hands-on project work





Plus, These Daily Subjects:
Mindfulness Practices
Unstructured Forest Time
Independent Responsibilities
Garden & Animal Care
Daily Reflections
  

Weekly Special Subjects
Agriculture Class
Art Class
Outdoor Education Class
Science Lab Rotation
Physical Education Class 


Description of Subjects

Literature, Writing, and Reading
WBNS implements the Units of Study for Reading and Writing program, by Lucy Calkins and her Teachers College Reading and Writing Project coauthors. This program aims to prepare students for any reading and writing task they will face and to turn kids into life-long, confident readers and writers who display agency and independence. They have drawn on their more than 30 years of research and work in thousands of schools across the country and around the world to develop powerful curriculum resources, instructional methods, and professional learning opportunities to support teachers as they work together and with their students toward these vitally important goals. 
  

Our Agriculture Program

Our Agriculture Program incorporates the world of plants and animals in harmony. At WBNS we are a "teach" and "feed" site designed to guide students in the art of learning to feed oneself as a means to feed the entire community. We learn all about where our food comes from, how to grow it in a wide variety of spaces, how to harvest and prepare it for consumption, and share the bounty with our neighbors in need.  There are several gardens at WBNS: the pumpkin patch, the school garden, and the student garden plots, with more to come! As a means to help students learn more about who they are, each student manages their own garden plot each school year using personal choice from design, to planting, to daily maintenance, to harvest, to market, trade, and preservation. The animals we focus on and who reside at WBNS are: Rabbits (Kindergarten), Chickens (1st & 2nd grades), Worms (3rd & 4th grades), and the Goats and our guard dog, Rowan are cared for by the Middle School students (5th - 8th grades).

Our Art Program
In the spirit of the STEAM education approach our Art Program complements academics through the practice of establishing pathways in creativity for solving real-world problem. Additionally, our students learn a plethora of art techniques as part of their daily studies including: various painting forms, pottery, yarn and needle work, sculpture, paper-making, beading, collage, mosaic, and more. Our season blocks rotate with traditional hand-work in the fall, 2 dimensional drawing and painting in the spring, then 3 dimensional sculptue and building in our summer block.  You will find that art is threaded throughout the entire curriculum as hands-on creation and processing is the essential thread that brings it all together!


Mindfulness Practices

Through daily "Centering", communing with nature all over our magical property, and reflections time at the close of the day students learn and practice matters of the social / emotional realm developing their character and how they contribute to the whole community.   Here, we learn and practice conflict resolution skills and the essential art of self-reflection.

Mathematics

WBNS has adopted Singapore Math otherwise known as mental math strategies for all grade groups. Compared to a traditional U.S. math curriculum, Singapore math focuses on fewer topics but covers them in greater detail.  Each semester-level Singapore math textbook builds upon prior knowledge and skills, with students mastering them before moving on to the next grade. Students, therefore, need not re-learn these skills at the next grade level.  These concepts lend themselves perfectly to our hands-on group learning lessons. Also, our middle grade students each student have an indivdual Khan Academy account to complement the curriculum.


Our Outdoor Education Program

Our Outdoor Education Program incorporates the concepts of environmentalism and conscious communing with the natural world. WBNS teaches the Leave No Trace methods and commits to it's practices. On and off campus we practice activities from Project Wild and Coyotes Guide to Connecting with Nature, as well as concepts from the Leopold Project.  Additionally, we engage students in exciting activities in nature such as hiking, camping, white water rafting, zip-lining, and more!   

Our Science Program

Our General Science Lab Teacher presents engaging hands-on learning lessons weekly (based on the benchmarks for each of the grade levels). Our Middle School Science Teacher conducts class Monday-Friday in conjunction with the field and lab teacher.  Together they prepare students for the concepts of science research through inquiry, inference, experimentation, and conclusion.

  Our Physical Education Program
Students are taught a variety of sports such as Disc Golf, Soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, Cross-Country, Dodge-ball, and the ever popular Thunder-ballStudents are introduced to the fine art of creating games to broaden any subject. We team up and hold tournaments at the end of most units where students learn the art of setting goals for themselves through friendly competition where good sportsmanship is the central guiding force.  

Unstructured Forest Time

Aside from being outdoors as much as possible and traversing the property througout the day, students experience 1-1.5 hours each day of unstructured (but not unsupervised!) time in our woods, fields, trails, and creeks.   They build natural shelters, create games, construct dams in the creek, and check in on various habitats of the bugs, insects, birds, and wild animals who reside at Woodson Branch Nature School.