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Developmentally Appropriate Practice through the Years

The Acorn – A School for Young Children was founded by Rich and Kitty Lange in 1980, with the goal of providing the highest quality preschool education for San Antonio’s young children.  It was quite an undertaking transforming the historical home into colorful, vibrant learning classrooms. From the very first day of opening, the school was ready with classrooms full of great equipment, an adventurous playground, and quality teachers.  Several donors provided initial funds to ensure the school would get off to a great start, and also started the seed of a fund to ensure The Acorn’s future.

The first year The Acorn offered four preschool classes serving seventy-five students; classes were full and there was a waiting list.  Expansion throughout the years has allowed the school to serve more children in the community.  In 1993, a Kindergarten wing was added, providing dedicated space for this wonderful program.  An additional 1100 square feet classroom was completed in 2017, adding a bright, sunny learning classroom with large windows upstairs overlooking the trees and Brackenridge Park.  The additions of more three day classes, a favorite choice, as well as an additional two day class, provide room to accommodate more young children.  Now The Acorn has grown to eight preschool classes and one kindergarten class, to enroll a maximum of 156 children. How exciting to think of how much the school has grown, how many lives have been touched!

As the school grew, the need for office, meeting and storage space grew.  In 1985, two offices were added onto the Broadway side of the building.  In 2016, other renovations were made and the main offices were moved near the school entrance, offering a warm welcoming atmosphere to all who visit.  At the same time, an outdoor storage room was converted into an inside teacher workroom and storage area. The former office spaces were changed into meeting and conference rooms, which were much needed upgrades. 

Each improvement throughout the years brought a lot of excitement.  Thanks to the original donations, the formation of The Acorn Endowment, and contributions from alumni families and others in the community, The Acorn continues to be an outstanding facility and a top-notch campus.

The Acorn thrives and our story continues to grow, thanks to our Acorn families spreading the word and sharing their experiences at the school! It is heartwarming to enroll second generation Acorn children, whose parents attended The Acorn themselves! Each year begins a new chapter, as new families enroll their children for fun, creative, hands-on learning experiences!

  Name Title Contact
Five Day AM Allyson, Cristina Allyson, Cristina, Five Day AM Head Teachers 210-826-8804
Five Year Christine Orbin Christine Orbin, Five Year Head Teacher 210-826-8804
Three Day TWT Diana, Lily Diana, Lily, Three Day TWT Head Teachers 210-826-8804
Rich Lange Lange, Rich Director 210-826-8804
Kindergarten Lisa Turpin Lisa Turpin, Kindergarten Head Teacher 210-826-8804
Red Apples Lourdes, Terri Lourdes, Terri, Red Apples Head Teachers 210-826-8804
Three Day MWF Mary Ellen, Maria Mary Ellen, Maria, Three Day MWF Head Teachers 210-826-8804
Two Day TTh Mary Ellen, Maria Mary Ellen, Maria, Two Day TTh Head Teachers 210-826-8804
Jo Mrvichin Mrvichin, Jo Director 210-826-8804
Two Day MF Pamela Dubay Pamela Dubay, Two Day MF Head Teacher 210-826-8804
Wendy Starnes Starnes, Wendy Director 210-826-8804

 

 

Acorn Founders Rich and Kitty Lange

 

January 2020
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Christmas Break
January 1, 2020

Classes resume Tuesday, January 7.

Monthly Tuition Due
January 1, 2020

A reminder for those families paying tuition by the month. Tuition is due on the 1st, late on the 11th. Thanks!

Christmas Break
January 2, 2020

Classes resume Tuesday, January 7.

Christmas Break
January 3, 2020

Classes resume Tuesday, January 7.

Class Newsletters Posted!
January 3, 2020

Please read to stay in touch! Office News Kindergarten News Five Year Blue Bear News Five Day AM Blue Star News Four Day Red Apple News Three Day MWF Honeybee News Three Day TW...

Office News Posted
January 3, 2020

Read the office update here.

Teacher In-Service: no school
January 6, 2020

We still have a few spaces in our workshop featuring Dr. Mariann Gibbs of Write out of the Box. See your community page for details.

Systematic Training for Effective Parenting Class
January 7, 2020

Katie Gaebel, alumni teacher who taught with us for seventeen years at The Acorn, is teaching a course on Positive Parenting Strategies in our upcoming STEP Parenting Class.  Katie earned her ...

Kindergarten Information Meeting
January 9, 2020 |06:30 PM - 08:30 PM -

For those parents of Kindergarten age children (Five years old before Sept. 1st) that want to learn more about our Kindergarten, we will have a presentation explaining all about our program on Thur...

Class Newsletters Posted!
January 10, 2020

Please read to stay in touch! Office News Kindergarten News Five Year Blue Bear News Five Day AM Blue Star News Four Day Red Apple News Three Day MWF Honeybee News Three Day TW...

Office News Posted
January 10, 2020

Read the office update here.

Kindergarten Observations
January 10, 2020 |09:00 AM - 10:30 AM -

Parents interested in next year's Kindergarten program can come observe the children in action.

Tour for Prospective Parents
January 11, 2020 |10:00 AM - 12:00 PM -
Enrollment begins for current families
January 13, 2020

Students currently enrolled at The Acorn will receive enrollment packets for the 2020-21 school year.

Systematic Training for Effective Parenting Class
January 14, 2020

Katie Gaebel, alumni teacher who taught with us for seventeen years at The Acorn, is teaching a course on Positive Parenting Strategies in our upcoming STEP Parenting Class.  Katie earned her ...

Class Newsletters Posted!
January 17, 2020

Please read to stay in touch! Office News Kindergarten News Five Year Blue Bear News Five Day AM Blue Star News Four Day Red Apple News Three Day MWF Honeybee News Three Day TW...

Office News Posted
January 17, 2020

Read the office update here.

Systematic Training for Effective Parenting Class
January 21, 2020

Katie Gaebel, alumni teacher who taught with us for seventeen years at The Acorn, is teaching a course on Positive Parenting Strategies in our upcoming STEP Parenting Class.  Katie earned her ...

Class Newsletters Posted!
January 24, 2020

Please read to stay in touch! Office News Kindergarten News Five Year Blue Bear News Five Day AM Blue Star News Four Day Red Apple News Three Day MWF Honeybee News Three Day TW...

Office News Posted
January 24, 2020

Read the office update here.

Systematic Training for Effective Parenting Class
January 28, 2020

Katie Gaebel, alumni teacher who taught with us for seventeen years at The Acorn, is teaching a course on Positive Parenting Strategies in our upcoming STEP Parenting Class.  Katie earned her ...

Enrollment for New Families for the 2020-21 School Year
January 29, 2020

Families interested in enrolling their child for the 2020-21 school year will receive an appointment to come to the school to complete their enrollment forms.

Class Newsletters Posted!
January 31, 2020

Please read to stay in touch! Office News Kindergarten News Five Year Blue Bear News Five Day AM Blue Star News Four Day Red Apple News Three Day MWF Honeybee News Three Day TW...

Office News Posted
January 31, 2020

Read the office update here.

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