At Apple Orchard School, it's our mission to focus on the growth of the whole child through a play-based, creative, nature focused curriculum. We promote this growth through a warm, engaging, and stimulating environment rooted in deep caring and trusting relationships among teachers, children, and families. Apple Orchard is committed to creating a diverse community of families, students, and faculty. We strive to ensure everyone at Apple Orchard feels a sense of connection and belonging.
The Apple Orchard School was founded in 1971.
We have 98 students.
(2.9 to 6 years)
Average teacher to
Percentage of students who identify as BIPOC
Our school is in the center of Allandale Farm on 100 acres of land in Brookline.
Belief that play-based education is critical at this age with a focus on outdoor learning and social- emotional skills. We are a blended program of Reggio Emilia, Montessori and socio-dramatic play which is incorporated in our daily extensive use of the outdoors.
Belief that children can learn harmful stereotypes and prejudices before age 5, so we use an anti-bias, anti-racist lens for all our curriculum.
Our barn is home to 1 miniature horse, 2 goats, and 1 donkey.
Children see chickens – ducks- turkeys – turtles – rabbits – salamanders – mice – red tail hawks – frogs – geese – snakes – praying mantis – bees – deer – fox – herons and 2 long horned highland steer.
We offer scholarships. 20% of our students receive some tuition assistance.
Students come from 25 towns: Boston, Brighton, Brookline, Cambridge, Chestnut Hill, Dedham, Dorchester, Dover, Hingham, Jamaica Plain, Malden, Milton, Natick, Needham, Newton, Plymouth, Roslindale, Stoughton, Waban, Wellesley, West Newton, Weston, West Roxbury, Chelsea, and Reading.
NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION
Apple Orchard School is committed to creating a diverse community of families, students, and faculty. We strive to ensure everyone at Apple Orchard feels a sense of connection and belonging.
Apple Orchard School does not discriminate against children, teachers, or families on the basis of age, gender, race, color, sexual orientation, sexual identity, housing status, religion, cultural heritage, political beliefs, family status, or disability in the administration of its educational policies, employment practices, scholarship awards, or any other school-sponsored program or activity.
What Parents Say
"There is not a day that goes by when we don’t arrive at Apple Orchard and appreciate this gift we have been able to provide our children. Apple Orchard is truly a magical place, with amazing teachers and team who care so much about our children. Without the scholarship program, our family would not have this opportunity to introduce our children to education in such a special way. We are forever grateful."