Applewild has two locations: Devens and Fitchburg. Our locations share our mission and core values, providing a consistent philosophical approach that is independent of geography.
Applewild opened its Devens location in 2016 in response to growing demand from the Acton, Shirley, Harvard, Boxborough, Bolton, Groton and Lunenburg communities, as well as the many innovative and dynamic companies who now call Devens “home.”
Enrollment in preschool and prekindergarten grew quickly, highlighting a need for elementary grades. Our Devens campus now offers kindergarten and first grade with plans to expand one grade level per year through the fifth grade.
Students at Devens enjoy access to outdoor classrooms, school gardens, and play areas. A yoga space and art studio are at the literal heart and center of our indoor space. Teachers often combine classes to allow for mixed age experiences which provide rich social emotional learning as well as the opportunity to further individualize instruction.
After fifth grade, Devens students are welcome to transfer to Fitchburg, and we offer transportation between the two campuses as a convenience to our families. Because students have the opportunity to experience the main campus for select classes and special events, and our academic objectives are aligned as students progress, we anticipate this to be a seamless and positive transition for our Devens students.
In 1956, the Crocker family bequeathed their family home on Prospect Street, the building we now know as Crocker House, for the purpose of creating “a school of voices, of happiness, of music.” One year later, in 1957, Applewild School opened its doors to children in the fourth through seventh grades from Fitchburg and surrounding communities.
Today, our main Fitchburg campus enrolls students in Preschool through Eighth Grade, housing nine buildings on 26 acres abutting hundreds of acres of conservation land. Students enjoy access to our 400-seat theater, two woodshops, two art studios, two libraries, four science labs, and a 200-seat dining hall. Interscholastic and intramural athletics events take place on our three fields, cross country course, and two gymnasiums. Our summer programs make great use of our swimming pool, and several faculty members live on campus.