Little River Outdoor School offers an elementary-level education for children ages 5 through 12 years old. Younger students may be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Our forest school program meets all the requirements for elementary education mandated by the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Unlike some other forest school programs, it is not simply designed to supplement a traditional education or home-school program—it is a replacement for those programs. If your child is enrolled in our school, there is nothing further you need to do to meet the legal requirement to provide an education for your child.
In addition to our elementary school, the Little River Outdoor School has a preschool program that meets one day a week on Fridays from 9 am to 1 pm. The program is available for children who are potty trained through 5 years old. Older students may be accepted on a case by case basis.
Click here to download the handbook for the preschool.
Homeschool Support Classes
Little River Outdoor school is excited to partner with local homeschooling families to provide homeschool support classes. During these times, students will have time to connect socially and emotionally with other students, as well as participate in art, science, math, social studies and more.
Little River Outdoor School follows empathy-centered standards and encourages individuality in all regards. Your child will be met where they are at, and encouraged to go at their own academic pace. They will spend time with other students accomplishing projects, participating in group games and learning about themselves and the world around them.
Teachers will work with each family individually to provide guidance and support on their child’s development and act as a resource for any support they may want on their homeschooling journey. Families will receive quarterly written reports and conversations about their child’s successes academically and socially-emotionally.
Homeschool support classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and cost $375 monthly. The classes are for children ages 5 to 12 years old.
Elementary School Curriculum
As a forest school, the Little River Outdoor School uses curriculum's that are hands-on and nature-based. They have been developed specifically for early childhood education in the outdoor environment, and meet the standards for elementary-level education established by the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Our general curriculum, which includes all subjects but focuses on literature, science, and social sciences, is based on Exploring Nature with Children by Lynn Seddon. It is designed so that the lessons coincide with things that the children are observing and experiencing in the natural environment.
Click here for more information about these curriculums.
Schedule of classes for the elementary school
Classes at the Little River Outdoor school are held Monday through Thursday from February through November, with two 2-week breaks occurring during that time (one starting the last Monday of May, and one starting the first Monday in September).
We are closed starting the Monday of the week of Thanksgiving through January 31st.
Our schedule while classes are in session is 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM Monday through Thursday.
The usual routine for our day (which may change slightly based on student’s needs and/or weather conditions) is as follows:
9:00-9:30 Arrival and Morning Chores
9:30 Opening Ceremony
10:00-10:30 Snack/Free Choice
11:00-11:30 Free Choice
12:30-2:00 Adventure Time
2:00-2:30 Free Choice
2:30-3:00 Closing Ceremony
Elementary School Handbook
Click here to download our handbook for the elementary school, which contains all our school policies, information about required clothing and supplies, and everything else you’ll need to know as the parent of a child enrolled at Little River Outdoor School.