Our Founders

In October of 1980, Kathy and Gary Nelson opened Small World Learning Center on Daniel Webster Highway in South Nashua to serve the childcare and education needs of thirty-eight 3 to 5 year olds and their families. Almost forty years later, this program had developed into World Academy, serving the needs of 450+ students, ranging in age from Infants through Grade Eight, in a dually-accredited, state-licensed, progressive Nursery, Preschool, Elementary, Middle School and Summer Camp.

Our Mission

“To educate, nurture, and enhance the development of the “whole child”* from Birth through Grade 8, through comprehensive, intentional, and authentic 21st century experiences, while supporting and enriching the whole family.”

*The phrase "whole child" refers to all facets of the child’s being including cognitive/intellectual, physical, social-emotional, cultural and creative aspects.

VIEW Mission Statement and Core Values

Our Philosophy

At World Academy, our focus is on providing families with a continuum of year-round quality education, care and recreation for children six weeks of age through Grade 8. This includes academically-rigorous and developmentally-appropriate classes focusing on literacy, character, pluralism, enrichment and individualized learning. 

We accomplish our mission through an in-depth, quality curriculum, small classes, inspired staff, and a focus on excellence in education, student empowerment, diversity, values and the attainment of conflict resolution and negotiation skills.

Everything we do underscores our belief that:

  • People are of the highest value.
  • Each child has the right to develop at his/her own rate.
  • Education is a responsibility shared among students, parents, teachers, administration and community.
  • One of the best ways to support children is to support families.
  • All age levels deserve an appropriate, challenging and comprehensive, relevant curriculum that addresses all aspects of the ‘whole child.’
  • A well-rounded education balances the academic, socio-emotional, cognitive-intellectual, developmental, physical, cultural and creative aspects while accounting for unique student talents and abilities.
  • A multi-cultural environment enables a broader world view and affords students the opportunity to develop an understanding of pluralism, diversity and tolerance.
  • A nurturing and collaborative learning environment provides students with a sense of belonging and individual worth, encourages mutual respect and safety, fosters character development, and enhances learning.
  • All individuals are expected to model respect, trustworthiness, fairness, kindness, citizenship and ethical behavior.
  • All constituents deserve to be safe and secure in the school environment.
  • 21st century skills are vital for success in the ever-changing global future.
  • All students can learn and deserve the best opportunities our ‘World’ can offer.