In October of 1980, Kathy and Gary Nelson opened the Small World Learning Center on Daniel Webster Highway in South Nashua to serve the child care and education needs of thirty-eight 3 to 5 year-olds. A little over thirty-five years later, they have watched their 38 child daycare grow into a 450+ student World Academy with children ranging from 6 weeks through 8th grade.
“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 developmentally appropriate classes focusing on literacy, character, multiculturalism, enrichment and individualized learning. Our school is an accredited, licensed, independent and developmentally appropriate program for children of all ages for childcare, preschool, elementary/middle school, and summer camp.
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 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, 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.