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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

 

September 2019
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Back to School Fundraiser with Thirty-One
September 6, 2019

Shop through September to support The Acorn. Join the Facebook party for even more fun and chances to win. The summer catalog is available in August, and a new fall catalog with additional items wi...

Class Newsletters Posted!
September 6, 2019

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...

Walden Pond Open House
September 7, 2019 |09:00 AM - 11:30 AM -

Adventure Club Starts Today
September 9, 2019 |11:45 AM - 02:00 PM -

For those enrolled, Adventure Club will continue after the morning classes until 2:00.

First Tuesday Lunch Bunch
September 10, 2019 |11:45 AM - 02:00 PM -

For those enrolled, Tuesday lunch bunch continues after morning classes until 2:00.

First Wednesday Lunch Bunch
September 11, 2019 |11:45 AM - 02:00 PM -

For those enrolled, Wednesday lunch bunch continues after morning classes until 2:00.

First Early Thursday Lunch Bunch
September 12, 2019 |11:10 AM - 12:40 PM -

For those enrolled, pack a healthy lunch and drop off your child at 11:10 a.m. After eating, the children start their regular afternoon class.

Back to School Fundraiser with Thirty-One
September 13, 2019

Shop through September to support The Acorn. Join the Facebook party for even more fun and chances to win. The summer catalog is available in August, and a new fall catalog with additional items wi...

Class Newsletters Posted!
September 13, 2019

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...

Parent Meeting for Current Kindergarten
September 17, 2019 |06:30 PM - 08:00 PM -

We hope you can join us Tuesday, September 17, 6:30 PM, here in The Acorn Kindergarten classroom. The teachers will share with you an “overview” of our Kindergarten program for this sch...

Back to School Fundraiser with Thirty-One
September 20, 2019

Shop through September to support The Acorn. Join the Facebook party for even more fun and chances to win. The summer catalog is available in August, and a new fall catalog with additional items wi...

Class Newsletters Posted!
September 20, 2019

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...

Scholastic Book Orders Due
September 20, 2019

Thank you so much for taking advantage of our online book ordering system!   Please use the online service to order your books from a wide variety of Scholastic Products. This helps The A...

Playground "Sand and Mulch" Day
September 21, 2019 |08:30 AM - 11:30 AM -

Saturday, September 21; 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.  RSVP to the office! The more hands the easier the work! We will have sand and mulch delivered; if you could bring gloves, shovels, wheelbarrows...

Screen Free Fun Day hosted by The Twig!
September 21, 2019 |10:30 AM -

From The Twig... Tired of telling your kids to put the screen down?!? Why not take another approach? Miss Anastasia & The Twig Book Shop is hosting its annual Screen Free Day on Saturday, Se...

Back to School Fundraiser with Thirty-One
September 27, 2019

Shop through September to support The Acorn. Join the Facebook party for even more fun and chances to win. The summer catalog is available in August, and a new fall catalog with additional items wi...

Class Newsletters Posted!
September 27, 2019

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...

Siclovia 2019
September 29, 2019

Enjoy this family event! Broadway will be closed from the Witte to N. Alamo and Travis St., to Travis Park, so families on bikes can enjoy the ride without traiffic. Details here!

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