2nd Nature Academy was granted Institutional Accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges in July 2018. In an excerpt from the official accreditation letter from NEASC, it was stated that:
"The Commission particularly commends the entire school community for its commitment to and expression of the mission of the school and its learning model. The Visiting Committee noted that evidence of this was readily apparent in every aspect of school activity."
Other commendations included the Commission being impressed by the "proactive succession plan in place at 2nd Nature Academy." The Visiting Committee also commended the school for implementing its experiential learning model and humane education curriculum, as well as providing opportunities for inquiry and exploration. Recommendations put forth by NEASC include, "That the Academy continue to explore ways to reach more prospective students and make its program better understood to the outside community," and that, as the school grows through middle school and into high school, "That the Academy continue to refine and formalize its curriculum across all subject areas and grade levels."
Accreditation by NEASC is an ongoing process that requires commitment to constant school improvement. In March 2020, 2nd Nature Academy submitted its first Two-Year Interim Evaluation Report for review, followed by a Five-Year Interim Evaluation Report in 2023. Our next regularly scheduled evaluation visit is in 2028. To learn more about NEASC Accreditation, please visit www.neasc.org/about-accreditation.
Nature's Pathways at 2nd Nature Academy is a license-exempt early childhood program that operates under 2nd Nature Academy. This program is overseen by the Department of Education and the Department of Health. We still follow all of the health and safety rules in the New Hampshire child care licensing guidelines, including child to teacher ratios, cleaning and sanitizing policies, and more. Our license-exempt status allows us to remain more flexible and up to date with current trends, and stay true to our mission while remaining above all else a center focused on safety and quality care.