Grade School Program

Information & Tuition

Our Primary Grade School Program, Homeschool Program and Virtual Learner Program are designed around a forest school education. Every learner will have a personalized learning path, advisor or coach to navigate competencies, community experiences and tiered support to meet developmental and social-emotional needs. They will engage in the learning process through nature, environment, and community and develop areas of interest, passions, and inquiry based on interactions and communications. Each learner will meet competencies absent from the physical and time constraints of the Carnegie Unit, and outcomes will be based on mastery of skills.

Overseeing our forest school program is our Director of Education, who has a Masters Degree in Environmental Education, Elementary Education, Distance Learning and Administration Supervision, as well as being certified in STEM and STREAM.

Our programs are designed for children between the ages of 2-14 or 8th grade level.

For children who are homeschooled or are enrolled in virtual learning with BCPS, our teacher is Janelle Helfer. She has her teaching degree and is certified in Elementary and Special Education. She is working under the direction of our Director of Education with regards to the specific curriculum needs of each learner.

Tuition for students enrolled in these programs is either $3900 for a two day per week curriculum or $4875 for a 3 day per week curriculum. These prices reflect our academic school year and don't include Summer Camp pricing.

Our Primary Grade School Program teacher is Emily Shapiro, who has a background in Montessori teaching methods and is also working under the leadership of our Director of Education.

Tuition is $5500 per student, per academic school year, for full time students. We can't offer sibling discounts because their curriculums differ. We have financial aid available for qualifying students. We offer a Before School Program Monday - Friday for $108 monthly and an After School Program for $151 monthly. These two programs are offered to our students as well as the students of HES (Huddleston Elementary School Students) or separate transportation will need to be provided.

2020-2021 one forest school calendar dates

calendar year runs June 1st 2020 - May 31 2021

ONE Forest School 2020-2021 Calendar Dates

June 1st First Day of Summer Camp

August 7th Last Day of Summer Camp

August 28th Teacher Workday and Open House (10:00-4:00pm)

August 31st First Day of School

September 7th Labor Day Holiday (School Closed)

September 25th Teacher Workday/Training (School Closed for Students)

October 9th Teacher Workday/Training (School Closed for Students)

October 16th Teacher Workday (School Closed for Students)

November 25-27th Thanksgiving Holiday (School Closed)

December 21-Jan. 3rd Winter Break (School Closed)

January 4th Teacher Workday (School Closed for Students)

January 18th Martin Luther King Holiday (School Closed)

February 1st Teacher Training Day (School Closed for Students)

March 15th Teacher Training Day (School Closed for Students)

April 5-9th Spring Break (School Closed)

May 28 Last Day of School

May 29 Graduation June 1st First Day of Summer Camp

August 6th Last Day of Summer Camp

Suggested Clothing List For Seasonal Play


“There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.” Alfred Wainwright

Knowing how to dress your young explorer to match the weather conditions outside can be challenging. We’ve taken some of the guesswork out of what clothing combinations are best for various weather conditions. Whether its snow, rain, sleet, wind, intense heat and humidity, we have you covered!

The Golden Rule in Virginia is LAYERS! Layers offer pockets of warmth, protection from the wind, and freedom for your child to self-regulate their comfort while playing outside.

Here is a cheat sheet for cold weather layering that will help take the mystery out of dressing your child before they venture into the forest.

  • -The first layer should be a top and bottom made of wool, silk or 'Heat Tech'.
  • -The second layer should be warm pants and top.
  • -The third layer should be a sweater or fleece.
  • -The fourth layer should be a snow suit (to keep bodies warm).
  • -Fleece or wool socks.
  • -Insulated, waterproof footwear with rubber soles for gripping.
  • -Winter hat or balaclava, and/or a scarf.
  • -Waterproof gloves/mittens, for cold days 2 pairs can be worn; one thin knit pair and a waterproof heavier pair on top.
  • -On rainy days rain boots are a must!

  • On rainy days rain boots are a must!We recommend Hapiu Muddy Buddy Rain Suit. It’s lightweight, breathable, waterproof nylon that offers plenty of room for layering on cold days. It even has ankle straps to help keep rain boots on feet! They offer sizes 18 months to 4T.
  • On windy days, face salve is an important component to windy or winter outdoor protection that is often missed. Natural ingredients, such as beeswax and shea butter, act as a barrier to keep moisture in and the dry, cold air out.
  • The hot humid days of a Virginia summer can be quite challenging to some but, because we spend most of our day under a canopied forest, it’s not a problem! Picking loose fitting, lightweight, breathable clothing is best! Shy away from dark colors that naturally absorb light. Choosing fabrics that wick away (move away) moisture is also a good idea.


Deerhead Nature Preserve
4808 Smith Mountain Lake Pkwy (18.42 mi)
Huddleston, Virginia 24104