Nature Discovery School

Private | PK-8 | 90 students

We are best known for small classes/Christian values.


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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $179,900. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $900.

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Posted April 9, 2014

This is an awesome school with devoted, experienced teachers. Students are taught in a loving, safe, Christian environment. My children have been attending NDS for a long time & are above grade level in all subjects due to the excellent teachers and curriculum. Science, math, reading, social studies, art, P.E. & Bible are taught; students are left understanding & excelling in all subjects. Teachers stay after school to spend time with students who need extra help & are always available to communicate with. The setting of the school is beautiful; manicured gardens surround the property. Lessons are often held outside to get away from the routine of desks and chairs. As to the "barn" comment, the inside hall is lovely & perfectly suited for school. Hundreds of weddings have been conducted in this "barn" when previously owned. My kids are thriving & love school. I appreciate that the teachers help them get their work done in class so after a day at work I can enjoy being a family at home instead of working on homework. I could not be happier my children have found teachers that love them & a school that fosters their love of learning not only for the core subjects but also for God.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 23, 2014

If your top priority is Bible study, you'll be happy with this school. Even their math books are "From a Christian Perspective", whatever that means. If your top priority is education, particularly science education, you will be disappointed. My child's "science" class was nothing but what we used to call Health. No science at all. I am puzzled by the beautiful school building comments. It is a white metal shed next to a farm field. You would be forgiven for thinking it was a barn. If you are busy and want group Christian home schooling, NDS is the place to be. If you want a good school that includes Christian values, keep looking. Reciting the Pledge is great, but how about teaching the kids too?
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 26, 2014

This is truely a gem of a school. They have small class sizes and the teaching staff is dedicated and ambituous about providing a superb education to the students. They moved to a new location that is absolutely gorgeous and fitting for their hands-on nature focused curriculum. Its a great christian based environment and they uphold traditional values like reciting the pledge of alegence every morning. Plus they have affordable tuition. Because of this they do rely on parents to be involved by volunteering time and organizing fundraisers, but in my honest opinion that's how it should be!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 17, 2014

I rated the school 5 stars (but if they offered half stars it would be 4.5), but all schools have room for improvement. As an educator in a public school, there are things both present and lacking in NDS; but for us (my spouse is an public school teacher as well), the benefits far outweigh my few complaints. Comp: The school is 90% finished. If you want your kid going to a school with baseboard trim in the halls, this is not the school for you. As it is, the school is constantly fundraising to put the finishing touches on the beautiful school. Go physically look at the school grounds and see if you've ever seen a more beautiful and fitting setting for a school with the title: Nature Discovery School. Complaint #2: No buses. Every parent drives their kid to school, and to field trips. The field trips are getting better organized, but still have some details to work out. Pro #1: Dedicated staff. They are there all the time. Unlike my own school, if you want to talk to a teacher, they are there, and they love our kids. Pro#2: Full curriculum. The teachers are not all certified (master's degree), but music/art/PE/Bible/ + core are taught. Happy with my kid's progress.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 13, 2013

This year they are holding class in a building that is still under construction. Although they are well-meaning, they do not have the skill or resources to run to school.
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Posted July 7, 2013

Be aware that the Christian values they teach include teaching children to fear God. They discipline by humiliation and control. Along with low state testing scores and they are not up to benchmark standards with the rest of the state. My child took major steps backwards after being under the instruction of a very inexperienced teacher.
—Submitted by a parent

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 78% 73%
Black 13% 3%
Hispanic 9% 18%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Asian 0% N/A
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Two or more races 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Science
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Textile design
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Dance

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Kitchen
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Matt Hennon
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
  • Christian


Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
  • Multi-aged
  • Supports home-based learning
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
  • Science
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None


Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • Remediation
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Playground
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Boys sports
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
Girls sports
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Textile design
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Dance
Media arts
  • None
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
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Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$1000 - $1000
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90890 River Road
Eugene, OR 97404
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