A fully outdoor, mixed age program
Morning half day at the Arnold Arboretum is a fully outdoors, mixed age program. The children are active participants in selecting which place we visit each day and how we explore them.
Families drop-off and pick-up their children at the same outdoor spot every day. At 9:00AM, we begin with a brief circle time that includes our greetings, songs, seasonal events, and safety rules. We then hike to our "adventure spot," which varies each day. We carefully select these outdoor "classrooms" for safety and diversity of natural elements that support children's imagination and creativity.
Children have a small snack at the adventure spot and then are free to play, explore, read, and participate in self-initiated or teacher-guided projects, all under close supervision of our talented, dedicated teachers. Around 11:45AM, the class will hike back to the designated pick up/drop off spot and play or read a story while waiting for families to arrive.
Family members can review their child's day via the Storypark, which allows teachers to document individual and group learning in rich format that includes photo and video. Storypark child notes and classroom stories are tagged with relevant early learning competencies. To inquire about admission to our Arboretum half day morning program, please complete our interest form, and a staff member will be in touch shortly.
Ages 2.9 to 6
9:00AM - 12:00PM
September 8, 2022 - June 16, 2023
$10,800 (Monday - Friday)
$7,500 (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
$5,500 (Tuesday and Thursday)
Tuition is payable in nine installments. The first is a 20% deposit (applied to September and October 2022), due upon enrollment. Subsequent payments (eight in total) are due on the last day of the prior month (beginning October 31, 2022). A $150 enrollment fee is also required for families new to BOPN school year programs. Financial aid is available.