The 12,000-square-foot school will sit on 12 acres in the Cedarbrook subdivision, off Cincinnati-Dayton Road between Millikin and Kyles Station Road.
“The larger space will also help us give continued focus on the whole child which includes academic, cognitive, social and emotional needs. And one of the most important aspects of our new space is the expanded land. We look forward offering extended time in nature, which will include play, gardening, hiking and lots of exploring,” Minniear said.
There is still work to be done on the new school before its first day of classes on Sept. 5.
Minniear said several walls will be taken down to create larger, more open classrooms. This will allow the children to have more freedom and movement while they learn, as the classrooms will be set up and arranged for experiential learning, she said. The open environment will also help encourage community and connections among a range of student ages and teachers.
Observation windows will also be added to each classroom space. Parents and visitors will be able to observe activities of the classroom without disrupting the regular flow and rhythm of the environment, according to Minniear.
The outside property and wooded acreage will also be integrated into the learning, allowing students ample time in the outdoors. Minniear notes that in both research and her own experience, children thrive when they have true connections with nature — and particularly those that may experience sensory processing or attention issues in a traditional classroom setting.
Kitchen facilities will also allow students to practice life skills, including planning meals, cooking, preparing and serving lunches.
The school can be reached at 513-777-0808.