Early Years Program at the Academy

NDA provides rolling admissions for students in grades Pre-K 3 - Kindergarten, space permitting. The Early Years program is comprised of Pre-Kindergarten through Kindergarten.

The program delivers a values-based education where every child feels valued. This is accomplished with a three-tiered early childhood development approach that begins at 2.9 years of age by Sept. 1st in Pre-Kindergarten 3 then progresses through Pre-Kindergarten 4, child must be 4 years old by Sept.1st onto Kindergarten, child must be 5 years old by Sept. 1st, maxing out at age 6. 

The program offers a comprehensive curriculum, a Mini Makerspace Exploration Center, Bee-Bot® early coding, Osmo™ technology for creation and collaboration, access to StarBoard interactive whiteboards, a sensory room and iPads, and projects that promote environmental responsibility such as gardening, recycling, and composting.

The Early Years program also benefits from being a part of a larger learning community that extends through grade 12:

  • Interaction with older students as Chapel buddies, Hallmark Helpers and student interns
  • Use of expansive natural environment (fields, ponds, forests) as an extension of the classroom
  • Access to building resources such as Chapel, auditorium, gymnasium, and playgrounds
  • On-site school nurse
  • Inclusion in special programming such as magicians and performing artists

Please use the links on the right to read about the curriculum and schedule for each level (Pre K-3, K-4, Kindergarten) as well as our Extended Day option.

For more information or to schedule a tour, contact the Admissions Office at [email protected] or 978-649-7611, Ext., 337.