Kickapoo Valley Forest School Enrollment opens Feb. 1!

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Kickapoo Valley Forest School Enrollment opens Feb. 1!

February 1 @ 8:00 am - February 29 @ 3:30 pm

The Kickapoo Valley Forest School, your LOCAL, TUITION-FREE, PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL will begin accepting applications for 4-year-old Kindergarten, Kindergarten, First, Second and Third Grade students for the 2024-25 school year!

Student spaces are limited!

The application window begins February 1, 2024 and ends February 29, 2024 at 3:30 p.m.

The Kickapoo Valley Forest School follows the mission to honor full nature immersion, child-centered practices and environmental stewardship. The key tenets of the KVFS model are daily nature immersion through play to increase emotional awareness, develop spatial awareness, support large and fine motor development, and provide rich experiences with literacy, math science and social studies concepts, collaborate with community partners that expand connections in the region including sourcing local food, integrating art and music from local artisans, and connecting with local businesses who are dependent on the region, and teachers that serve as mentors to facilitate individual academic skill development within rich and varied play in the natural world.

Key features of the KVFS model are:
* All-weather nature immersion
* Child-led learning with a scope and sequence based on the seasonal changes and scaffolding academic skills that coincide with each other.
*Daily schedule that provides much time for outdoor exploration
*Inquiry-based exploration through play that expands on key, developmentally appropriate concepts.
*Child-inspired, child-directed documentation of gained skills and concepts that guide the teacher in scaffolding next learning challenge
*Place based education with the Wisconsin Standards for Enviornmental Literacy and Sustainability at its core.

Our school day will be held by predictable routines and expectations with substantial time built into the schedule for child-directed play, work and exploration. Our education philosophy is rooted in belief that child development is at its best when the whole child is honored, and that ‘play’ in a rich environment is the true work of the child.

To this end our curriculum is designed to meet the mental, physical, intellectual, social, and emotional needs of the young child. We also recognize that children are individuals whose interests, capacities and gifts demand that our teaching style and environment be accessible from many different points and levels of ability. Additionally, as humans we thrive in environments full of love, inspiration, wonder, connection and beauty.


February 1 @ 8:00 am
February 29 @ 3:30 pm
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