Multi-Age Learning Environments
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.
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)
M-F 8:00-11:00 a.m. - Core academic program for K-2; Exploratory program for 3-5)
M-F 12:00-3:00 p.m. - Exploratory program for K-2, Core academic program for 3-5)
$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
Schedule a Tour:
Combining joyful educational experiences with play as we explore our community's best resources!
This year, we may have to alter the structure of our camps, but we won't lose the rich experiences that include art, crafts, STEM, literacy, math, and lots of outdoor adventures! Our four week camps not only allow our educators to get to really know our kids and tap into their academic needs and personal interests, but also allows kids to stay in fixed groups to limit contacts.
June Session: June 7th - July 2nd
July Session: July 5th - July 31st
Wild Iowa (Native Species)
Wonders of Water
Camps run Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
(extended hours until 5:30 are available)
Monday - Thursday
Mornings: Academic Investigations
Keeping sharp on our reading, writing, and math skills, students will explore literature around our weekly themes that include connections through hands-on projects. STEM activities and problem-solving around math concepts will incorporate concept and computation practice by learning and applying skills in authentic ways.
Afternoons: Discovering Our Environment
With a balance of free-play and themed activities, our campers will be on the move, exploring the corridor.*
All day: Time to explore all that Iowa has to offer in the summer with day trips to our favorite nature preserves, parks, farms, and cultural sites*.
*due to the uncertainties of COVID, locations will be finalized closer to the beginning of summer and are subject to change at any time. Only destinations that follow all current COVID safety protocols are considered.
At this time, all registrations are for the full session (4 weeks of camp) and separate registration is required for each camp.
$195 per week ($780 per session)
3:00-5:30 $180 per session (4-week camp)
Each group of 13 campers will be in mixed age groups (approx kinder-2nd grade and 3rd grade-6th grade) and remain separate throughout indoor activities, with masks required. When outside, groups may interact, but if social distancing is not possible, masks will be worn. We are currently offering 2 camps per session, but could add more if there's interest, so please add your name to the waitlist if enrollment is full.
Campers will need to bring appropriate clothes (including a mask and face shield), a water bottle, sunscreen, snacks, and lunch for each day.
Drop-off and pick-up will be at our current location:
2205 East Grantview Drive, Coralville
Please sign-up with the link(s) below. Each camper should be signed up individually for each session. Your spot is secured with a non-refundable $100 deposit, with full tuition due May 15th for the June session and June 15th for the July session. Once a deposit is received, you will be sent the full registration forms.
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.