Nature School – Lower School


Program Information 

K-5th Grade

Monday - Friday | 8:30am to 2:30pm

$635 per month

Half Day Kindergarten

Monday - Friday | 8:30am to 12:30pm

$475 per month

Important Information

  • Current prices are for the 2022-2023 school year.
  • Students must be 5 on or before August 31, 2022 to enroll in the Kindergarten class.
  • Class starts on August 22, 2022 and ends on May 26, 2023.
  • There is an average of 12 students per class for 1st-5th grade. Each class has a supporting teacher to assist with the class at various times of the day.
  • 4th and 5th grade is a combined class.
  • Kindergarten has an average of 14 - 18 students, with half day students mixed with the full day students. There will be one lead teacher and one supporting teacher. There will be a second supporting teacher if the class has more than 14 students and this person will leave when the half day Kindergarten students leave.
  • Classes are held outside in all weather elements. Students must dress appropriately for the weather.

About Our Lower School Program 


Lower School is Nature School’s private elementary school, offering grades K-5th. NC state standards are met through a progressive, integrated and experiential curriculum that covers all academic subjects while nurturing the unique skills and abilities of each student and providing time for them to learn at their own pace. Our approach is rooted in daily nature immersion, capturing students’ inborn curiosity about the natural world to foster deep connections to God, nature and each other. Lower School will have access to an indoor space but class will take place predominantly outside. Click on the icons below to access more information on Lower School.

Shape of The Day 

Mission and Philosophy 


Enrollment Information 


Click here for the registration form and click here for session offering information.


  • Students currently enrolled in our program may register between January 31st and February 4th.
  • Siblings of currently enrolled students, alumni students, siblings of alumni students, and children of Camp Albemarle Staff may register between February 7th and February 11th.
  • The public has between January 13th and February 11th at 3pm to turn in a registration form which will be entered in the registration lottery.
  • Note: Current students, siblings, alumni families, and Camp Albemarle Staff families do not participate in the lottery.
  • Registration forms received after February 11th will be enrolled or placed on the waitlist on a first come first serve basis.
  • No e-mail registration forms will be accepted. Forms may be turned in or mailed to Nature School, 156 Albemarle Drive, Newport, NC 28570. An e-mail confirmation will be sent once we receive your registration form.


Lottery Process

  • The Nature School at Camp Albemarle Lottery will take place on Monday, February 14th  at 11am.
  • All registration forms received from the public on or before February 11th at 3pm will be eligible for the lottery drawing. All applications received after February 11th at 3pm will be enrolled on a first come first serve basis or placed on the waitlist if the class is full, in the order, they are received.
  • At least one member of the community (who is not staff, a Board member, or relative of students at Nature School) will be present at the lottery to make sure that all procedures are conducted fairly and accurately.
  • Each registration form from the public will receive a number. Numbers will be pulled one at a time and the student will be placed in the desired class. If the class is full, the student will be placed on the waitlist. If a number is pulled that belongs to a student that already has a sibling enrolled in the program, his/her name will be moved to the top of the waitlist for the class.
  • Parents will be notified within one week of the lottery of their child’s placement in the program. Upon notification:
    • Parents of a preschool student or homeschool student will have one week to turn in the non-refundable registration and supply fee. These families will also need to schedule a tour if they have not already toured the school. This is to ensure that the family has a good understanding of our program.
    • Parents of a lower grades student (K-5th) will have one month to complete an interview. The interview process is not to turn a family away, but to be sure that our approach and school is a good fit for the family. We want the family to have a solid understanding of how their child will be learning and that it will look quite different. This also gives families an opportunity to ask any questions they may have. Families will have one week from the completed interview to turn in the non-refundable registration and supply fee.


Important Notes

  • This registration process is the same for all classes including Preschool, Homeschool, and Private School classes.
  • Students must meet the age requirement by August 31st of the upcoming school year. Age requirements will be specified on the registration form.