About UsJosh Burns
"I went to Neighborhood Schoolhouse in 1981, with the first class of 13 kids and I feel really fortunate that my wife and I have been able to send our two kids here. I see my kids thriving in all aspects of learning: my kids come home and they are so interested in everything—interested in life it seems like."
—1981 alumnus and parent of 2
"What it comes down to for me is that my kids love school. They don't want to miss a day."
— Jane Noyes
"My son was extremely well prepared for the academic challenges of middle school. NSH has also done a wonderful job preparing him for life."
"Neighborhood is the way I always felt school should be. My daughter is given free reign to be herself, take chances, get dirty, and play her way. I couldn't bear to send her to a school that treated her with any less respect than she deserves, so we're sticking with Neighborhood."
— Josh Burns, NSH Board VP & Parent
"What Claire Xiu Yi loved best about Neighborhood was the way all parts of her - mind, body, and spirit - were engaged in exploring, learning, and growing."
"I sometimes get nervous that my kids are having too much fun for this to really be school. But their skills and knowledge amaze me – and their self-esteem and natural curiosity remain intact. School does not have to hurt."
"Neighborhood Schoolhouse taught me to love learning, not to learn for testing, memorization or to compete for the best grade."
[Neighborhood] has given my children the richest learning experience that any parent could ask for. Both children love the school, and each one has a very unique learning style and strengths which are both honored and nurtured at this school. They CRY when it's a snow day.
— Molly Oglesby
"Both our girls went to Neighborhood for 3 years each and those years were magical-- playing in the woods, studying the life cycles of frogs and caterpillars, doing fantastic hands-on art projects and always lots of play, play, play! NSH also laid a strong foundation for social skills and kindness towards others and sparked their curiosity in learning."
— Diana Whitney, Parent of two Neighborhood Children
"My mom was skeptical, at first, of me staying in one classroom, but it was definitely the best, most important decision she has made for my life. I liked staying with friends and teachers—the teachers are like second parents."
— 2011 Alumna
"We have put all three of our kids through Neighborhood. The best part is how kind, thoughtful, and respectful they are to everyone they meet: this school teaches people how to talk to one another and resolve conflicts peacefully. On the academic side, they absolutely LOVE learning anything and everything. My oldest son is now an honors student in public middle school after finishing sixth grade at Neighborhood last year...It's worth making sacrifices for."
— Paula Melton, Parent of three Neighborhood Children, Board President
"It was a privilege to work at The Neighborhood Schoolhouse! I valued having the creative license to use the inquiry process to develop unique, integrated projects that made learning an adventure for all of us, every day."
"We spend a lot of time outside. The teachers spend a lot of time really paying attention to kids' learning rates, and give them work that suits them. We play at lot of games at this school – learning games and games for fun."