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.
“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.
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.