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At Oak Village Academy™ we create and make a difference in the educational experience for young children. While learning the natural way, we also provide imaginative and encouraging indoor and outdoor learning environments with low child to teacher ratios. The low child to teacher ratios at Oak Village Academy™ means that teachers have more time to work one-on-one with children while trying different activities that engage children in learning.

The Oak Village Academy™ Difference: Low Child to Teacher Ratios

Age of Children
Infants (6 weeks–12 months)
Toddlers (1–2 years)
Preschool Prep (2–3 years)
Preschool (3–4 years)
Pre-Kindergarten (4-5)

NC’s Required Ratios
1 to 5 Maximum of 10
1 to 6 Maximum of 12
1 to 10 Maximum of 20
1 to 15 Maximum of 25
1 to 20 Maximum of 25

Our Ratios
1 to 4 Maximum of 8
1 to 5 Maximum of 10
1 to 9 Maximum of 18
1 to 10 Maximum of 20
1 to 12 Maximum of 24

Lower ratios allow children more time with the teachers and the smaller group sizes create a more positive environment for the children to explore and learn.

The Oak Village Academy™ Difference: The Benefits of Connecting Children with Nature

  • Supports Creativity and Problem Solving
  • Enhances Cognitive Abilities
  • Improves Academic Performances
  • Supports Multiple Developmental Domains
  • Reduces Attention Deficit Disorder Symptoms
  • Increases Physical Activity
  • Improves Nutrition
  • Improves Eyesight
  • Improves Social Relations
  • Improves Self Discipline
  • Reduces Stress in Young Children

Naturalizing Outdoor Learning Environments means bringing back trees, shrubs, plants, vines, and other natural items for children to enjoy and to encourage healthy development. A child’s engagement with nature encourages experiences that allow for learning in a natural way.

The Natural Learning Initiative is a research and professional development unit at the College of Design, NC State University, Raleigh, NC, USA. The mission of the Natural Learning Initiative is to help communities create stimulating places for play, learning, and environmental education—environments that recognize human dependence on the natural world.