What is The Native School? 

Carlsbad, California


The Native School is a 100% place-based outdoor preschool and kindergarten. Place-based schools are based on the Scandinavian forest school model and their belief that a child’s strong connection to the earth is essential to their well-being. The Native School takes influence from Reggio Emilia and other European approaches to early learning, where teachers become facilitators and the natural classroom environment acts as the third teacher. Students gain hands on experience and develop a strong educational foundation, meeting school readiness standards for math, language, literacy, science, and most importantly social and emotional well-being.  

North County's many "living laboratories" become our classroom setting. Class locations rotate throughout San Diego and are coordinated with enrolled families. We are currently operating out of the Batiquitos Lagoon in Carlsbad, CA for the remainder of the school year. 

At The Native School, the joy of learning becomes a journey enjoyed by all.


Why Choose a Forest School? 

Multiple studies show that children who attend forest schools have better agility and motor skills, increased confidence, naturally develop good self-control, have strong critical thinking skills, are creative, become stewards of the environment, and gain a real-world foundation for lifelong learning. 

TEDx Talk on Nature Kindergarten