Acorn School Acorn School - 40 Magical Years 136 Winnicut Road
PO Box 570
Stratham, NH

Acorn School Preschool and Kindergarten

Acorn School is a special school in the Seacoast area of New Hampshire, where young children develop and learn together in an atmosphere that is consistent, encouraging, and cheerful. Founded in 1972, this non-profit, play-based preschool and kindergarten is located in Stratham, NH in beautiful and natural surroundings. Pre-K and kindergarten programs are offered for children ages three through six.

From its inception, Acorn School has had a strong connection with the environment - through our curriculum as well as everyday acts. We compost and recycle, have a No-Idle effort during carpool to save fuel and reduce fumes and emissions, and purchase rainforest acres through the Nature Conservancy each year, among other efforts.

Warm and Nurturing Environment

At Acorn School we know that your child is unique. We focus on your child's social, emotional, and physical development as much as his/her intellectual development. Our curriculum and warm, friendly environment stimulate all aspects of your child as s/he becomes involved in learning. For it is only when a child is comfortable, self-confident, and developmentally ready that s/he is able to perform and succeed to his/her potential.

A child's play is his/her work, and it is the way s/he comes to know and understand the world and the people in it. At Acorn School, we make time for play and respect that it is a vital and necessary part of childhood.

Our Students Enjoy...

  • Hands-on projects that encourage curious minds to explore, such as art projects where we create animal masks and MayDay hats, and science experiments--like building aliens and "adopting" our own trees.
  • Nature and the environment, with adventures on our beloved playground, our new nature trail, and our very own garden.
  • "Themed" units where we study the rainforest, the desert, space, penguins, Africa, and much more.
  • Exciting, creative field trips that tie into educational units--from planting flowers at a local park to meeting the "Queen of England" at a special tea party 



Extra Dollars for Acorn!
Bring in your BoxTops!
Bring in your old cell phones!


This site was designed and developed by
Michaleen Craig. The work was generously done pro bono. Michaleen would like to encourage the parents at Acorn School to reach out into their community and 'pay it forward'.


Acorn School News

Now scheduling tours for the 2016-2017 Year
Call 603-778-8285

Mon., May 2
School Cancelled

Tues., May 3
School Resumes

Mon., May 9
Family Night 6-7PM
Chickadee, Woolly Bear & Tadpole classes

Tues., May 10
Family Night 6-7PM
Chipmunk & Mighty Oak classes

Mon., May 16
May Day 9-11
Chickadee, Woolly Bear & Tadpole classes

Mon., May 17
May Day 9-11
Chipmunk & Mighty Oak classes

Fri., May 27
Chickadee, Woolly Bear, Tadpole & Mighty Oak classes- Parent Conferences

Thurs., June 2
Last Day program 9AM
for AM Chipmunks

Last Day Program 11AM
for PM Chipmunks

Thurs.., June 9
Last Day Program 9AM for Mighty Oaks

Fri., June 10
Last Day Program 9AM
for Chickadee & Woolly Bear classes

Last Day Program 11AM for Tadpoles

Week #1 Camp Acorn
June 21, 22 & 23

Week #2 Camp Acorn
June 28, 29 & 30

Week #3 Camp Acorn
July 5, 6 & 7

Week #4 Camp Acorn
July 12, 13 & 14

Week #5 Camp Acorn
July 19, 20 & 21

Week #6 Camp Acorn
July 26, 27 & 28



Please contribute
to the Acorn Endowment Fund!




Acorn School Alumni
Visit our
alumni page to tell us where you are now, and get updates on what's new with Acorn School.


Acorn in the News

Day of Caring 2011 at Acorn School

Acorn mentioned in article about Acorn alum family Minute Men Painters - thanks Sean Sturk!

Acorn School - A Preschool and Kindergarten    136 Winnicut Road    PO Box 570    Stratham, NH    603-778-8285