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Preschool and Elementary School


(Kindergarten-6th Grade)

We know that children develop along unique timelines.  Social, emotional, and academic instruction is delivered at the individual pace of each child, building on strengths and readiness.  


Children learn fundamental and foundational concepts through authentic, real-life learning experiences, followed by thoughtfully-led instruction to expand on concepts, develop efficiency and the transfer of skills.

Elementary Programs

Building structure and routine into a child's day can alleviate stress and anxiety by creating a sense of stability. Our daily schedules allow for predictability while also being responsive to a child's interests and needs. Half of the day is devoted to academic learning in core areas, such as STEM and literacy. The other half of the day provides ample time for students to develop their skills in authentic learning experiences incorporating nature, the arts, and action learning, both on and off the Tamarack campus.


Student choice and learning styles are incorporated throughout the day to optimize student passions and motivation. Classrooms are multi-age and flexible according to student needs. Our educator-to-student ratio is 1:8 or less.

Our classrooms are multi-age, allowing for students to move between roles of mentor and mentee when working with students from different age groups.  Our classrooms are loosely structured as kindergarten/first grade, second/third grade, and fourth/fifth/sixth grade. Students receive the instruction they need when they are ready allowing them the opportunities to work on skills to mastery rather than by a pre-determined, standardized schedule.  


M-F, 8:00-3:00 - Full academic & exploratory program (time in nature/community/service projects)


Part-time openings are limited and will be considered on an individual basis.  Please contact us for specific details. 


Full Day:

$848.20/month - 10 month contract

Before and After School Care

The school day runs from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Morning: 7:00-8:00 a.m. - $60 per month

Afternoons:  3:00-5:30 p.m. - $180 per month 

Academic Core Curriculum

We follow Iowa Common Core Standards to benchmark progress and Priority Standards to document progress towards mastery.  Using the standards as our structure, we utilize many resources to meet the instructional needs of our students but also use the following academic curriculums.  

Core Reading

National Geographic Panorama:

Reading Through the Lens of Science


Structured Literacy 


Core Math

Singapore Math/Dimensions

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We create an environment where children can be deeply rooted in their community, their environment, and their sense of purpose.


We offer opportunities for children to reach out and connect to each other, new ideas, relationships, and their community.


We support our students in their growth and progress as they rise up into their futures as the fullest versions of themselves.

There isn't a more perfect place for early learners to get their start than in nature.  Daily adventures to our local forests, prairies, and creeks are at the center of our curriculum.  Hours of each day are spent exploring through guided, immersive nature experiences and self-directed play. 


Our young learners are led by curiosity and self-interest to develop healthy connections to their peers, their community, and their environment. 

Play-based and developmentally appropriate child-led experiences balance out the day back at school.  Invitations to pre-academic disciplines are curated based on student wonder, readiness, and interests. 


Full Day: 8:00am - 3:00pm

Partial Day: 8:00am - 12:15pm


Wrap-Around Care Available 

The school day runs from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Morning: 7:00-8:00 a.m. - $60 per month

Afternoons:  3:00-5:30 p.m. - $180 per month 

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