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Wonder and Joy create

the magical spark

that opens up a child's

heart to learn.

Our Mission is to embrace the unique qualities of each child,
encourage their natural curiosity and spirit of discovery,
inspiring them to reach their full potential.


Find out what makes us

different in this short video.



"Once you discover how much children can do in an environment that dignifies, magnifies, and inspires their minds to learn, there's no going back to traditional classrooms again." 

-Courage to Grow by

Laura Sandefer

4-7 year olds

7-12 year olds

12-14 year olds



Outdoor Classroom

          We are deeply committed to connecting children with nature.  We do not have a typical school playground. Instead, we have nature-rich outdoor spaces using research-based, field-tested design principles. We are now one of the 128 outdoor classrooms in the country and the only one located in Northeast Florida that has been officially recognized by Nature Explore, a nonprofit design organization whose goal is to help nature become an integral, joyful part of children's daily learning.

Our Outdoor Classroom is dynamic, nature-based play, and learning spaces. 

Benefits of An Outdoor Classroom

Benefits of the Outdoor Classroom

Children experience nature in as

many wonderful ways as possible

Time in nature-based outdoor classrooms often sparks interest in learning that stimulate further inquiry indoors.

Children spend substantial periods of time outside, and it is easy and safe for them to get there; they are free to move easily between the indoors and outdoors.


Social distancing guidelines are easier to abide by with fresh air providing better ventilation.

Our outdoor space offers a balance of areas for physically active and less active play.

While outside, children frequently have the opportunity to initiate their own learning experiences and activities, with guides available to support them.


An increase in physical development, capability, and activity

Setting up patterns for an active, healthy lifestyle

Fewer children suffering from diseases such as obesity, Diabetes, and ADD/ADHD


Stronger language, problem-solving, and communication skills through projects and group activity

Developing an interest in science and math through connection with nature

Fostering learning through self-initiation, control, and personal responsibility



Higher, more positive self-esteem

Effective relationship building in a cooperative, non-competitive environment

Building a healthy and balanced internal psychology from time spent alone

Manifesting classroom harmony

Social-emotional mastery


Familiarity with and appreciation of nature

Wide, expansive view of how the world works

Building stewardship skills for the environment


Children's Business


The Acton Children's Business Fair is a free program offered to entrepreneurial families by the growing network of Acton Academy schools and the Acton MBA Program. River Oak Academy is proud to be an annual participant in this program, which creates an empowering experience that children never forget.

Young entrepreneurs first make an important decision: they hire themselves! They’ll apply through the business fair website and begin to launch their product or service. The children plan their business at every level: product, service, marketing, accounting, cost of goods, pricing, profit, etc. Through this process, children learn a sense of wonder, the importance of hard work, taking responsibility, and gaining confidence in the next challenge.



Our Promises to Your Child

Begin A Hero's Journey

Learn to be A Curious, Independent, Lifelong Learner

Develop a deep respect for economic, political and religious freedom.

Cherish the arts, wonders of the physical world and the mysteries of life on Earth.

Discover his or her most precious gifts and learn to use them to solve difficult problems.

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River Oak Academy

3355 State Road 13

St Johns, FL 32259

(904) 770-5559