In 1972, Rebecca (Hayden) Shepard founded a unique school where children develop and learn together in an atmosphere that is encouraging and cheerful – Acorn School. The school’s original location was in Hampton Falls, NH. Acorn then moved to Exeter for a short time before the Winnicut Road, Stratham property was purchased and became its permanent location in 1975.

For 40  years, Acorn families have enjoyed and celebrated the school’s beautiful and natural surroundings that significantly contribute to its curriculum and philosophy.

After some years of transition, Acorn has become a non-profit preschool and kindergarten run by a volunteer Board of Directors. The school is dedicated to the memory of Becky’s grandmother, Jeanie Richardson Kerns, and in honor of childhood, that fleeting but significant period in life that needs to be filled with confidence building and free imagination.