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our educational philosophy

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, an advisor 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.

Our primary school is for grades preschool through the first grade; and assisted learning for grades 2-8.

Overseeing our academic curriculum is our Director of Education, Janelle Helfer and our Board Vice President, Heidi Sutherland. Janelle has her Masters Degree in both Elementary Education and Special Education, along with over five years experience teaching in public schools. She is also a certified Virginia Master Naturalist. Heidi has her teaching degree and a BA in American Studies, along with over 20 years of teaching experience.

ONE Forest School’s Curriculum:

The overall focus for ONE Forest School’s academic school year is patriotism. Our goal is to facilitate students’ exploration of what it means to be patriotic for one’s country through studying early American history. Using the Virginia Standards of Learning, students are immersed in place-based education with a major focus on Virginia and local history. The school year is divided into 10 months with each month having a theme. The theme will be the basis for project-based learning incorporating STREAM within all grade levels.

Tuition for homeschoolers and virtual learners are based on a 1, 2, or 3 day per week curriculum to meet SOL requirements. For students who choose the 1-day per week, we offer a "Pay-as-you-come" option for $50, 2 day per week curriculum, tuition is $2574 per year ($286 per month); for 3 days, $3861 per year ($429 per month). There is a $100 material fee that is not included in the tuition..

The annual school year tuition is $6,300 ($700 per month). This amount may be paid in full or monthly payments may be made. There is a $100 deposit that will go towards tuition and a $200 material fee that is not included in tuition.

ONE Forest School offers an After School Enrichment Program (ASEP) for local children attending Huddleston Elementary School. The cost for this program is $250 per month. Please call for more information.

We offer financial aid and student discounts. Please contact us to discuss your options. We accept payment in the form of cash, check or credit/debit. Payment must be made prior to your child’s attendance. If paying with credit/debit card, we have a Venmo account.

2022 - 2023 one forest school calendar dates

calendar year runs May 31st - May 29th

May 31 - First Day of Summer Camp

August 5 - Last Day of Summer Camp

August - 22-25 Teacher Training

August - 26th Open House 10:00-2pm for new & returning students

August - 29th First day of learning/First Day of First Quarter

September 5th - Labor Day Holiday (Schools Closed)

October 21st - Last Day of First Quarter (Teacher Work Day School Closed)

October 24th - First Day of Second Quarter

October 28th - Report Cards Go Home

October 29th - Halloween Spooktacular

November 23rd-25th - Thanksgiving Holiday (Schools Closed)

December 16th - Last Day of Second Quarter (Teacher Work Day School Closed)

December 19th–Jan 2nd - Winter Break (School Closed)

January 3rd - First Day of Third Quarter

January 6th - Report Cards Go Home

January 16th - Martin Luther King Holiday (School Closed)

February 20th - Last Day of Third Quarter (Teacher Work Day School Closed?)

February 21st - Founder’s Day (School Closed)

February 27th - First Day of Fourth Quarter

March 3rd - Report Cards Go Home

April 10th-14th - Spring Break (Schools Closed)

April 28th - Last Day of Learning/Last Day of 4th Quarter

May 5th - Last Day of School/Graduation/Report Cards Go Home

May 30th - First Day of Summer Camp

August 4th - 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