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.  



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.


                                                                                                  ADDING A GRADE EACH YEAR THROUGH 12TH GRADE

We provide leveled English Language Arts and Math groups

Plus, These Daily Subjects:
Mindfulness Practices
Forest Time
Food Preparation
Garden Pots & Plots
Animal Care
Daily Reflections
  Extensions of each weekly subject  

Weekly Special Subjects
Science, History
Physical Education
Agriculture, Horticulture
Art, Handwork
Conflict Management, Financial Management


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.  Students engage in activities from Project Wild and Coyotes Guide to Connecting with Nature as well as concepts from the Leopold Project.

Literature, Writing, and Reading 
Thoughtful hands ON lessons are prepared and implemented by our professional staff of teachers following the incredible Units of Study for Reading and Writing, by Lucy Calkins.  We utilize our own assessment system which includes observation and photo capturing techniques to compliment the standard state testing procedures.


WBNS has adopted Singapore Math otherwise known as mental math strategies for all grade groups.  These concepts lend themselves perfectly to our hands-on group learning lessons. Also, our middle grade students each student have a Khan Academy account to track their individual progress.

Our Horticulture Program
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 (or Pot for the youngest students) each school year using personal choice from design, to planting, to daily maintenance, to harvest, to market, trade, preservation, and winterizing the space. Students keep a Garden Journal for all reflections from year to year.

Our Art Program
To complement the academics and create paths in character development, students learn a plethora of art techniques as part of their daily studies including: various painting forms, pottery, yarn and needle work, sculpture, printmaking, beading, collage, mosaic, and more!

Forest Time
Students experience plenty of unstructured (but not unsupervised!) time in the woods, trails, and creeks throughout the property. They build natural shelters, dams in the creek, and check in on various habitats of the bugs, insects, birds, and wild animals who reside at Woodson Branch.

 alt tag

Food Preparations
Students are actively engaged in the whole process of daily food preparations from gathering the foods (in season), to preparing foods and the eating spaces, to the clean up. Students bring their own lunch, but we have snacks daily and special lunch days TBA.

Our Agriculture Program
Each student (each year) is involved in the care and maintenance of the chickens and goats. Weekly they engage in Agriculture classes with our Livestock Coordinator as it relates to the curriculum for hands-on experiences. Students keep a portfolio on the animals, updating it daily, and will work towards showing the animals at county and state fairs.

Our Science Program
Our extraordinary Science Teacher presents engaging hands-on learning lessons (based on the benchmarks for each of the grade levels) equipping staff and students with concepts to explore throughout the week during the daily work.

  Our Physical Education Program
Lead by our talented, kid loving PE Teacher students are taught a vairety of sports such as Disc Golf, Soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, Cross-Country, Dodgeball, and the ever poular Thunderball!  He also introduces the fine art of creating games to broaden any subject. We team up and hold tournaments at the end of most units where studnets learn the art of setting goals for themselves through friendly competition where good sportsmanship is the central guiding force.  We plan to join the Hospitality League in Asheville for the 2017-2018 school year.