Respect yourself, respect others, and respect the environment. These words are the guiding compass for all Abintra community members—students, board members, faculty, staff, and parents.
Abintra's campus sits nestled atop a hill surrounded by 10 wooded acres in West Nashville. Students visit our multiple gardens and mindfulness labyrinth. Venture further into our woods and you'll find forts carefully crafted out of sticks by Upper School students, hiking trails shaded by tall trees, and a fully-stocked archery range. Our apiary provides a hands-on beekeeping experience for students. All Abintra students spend at least an hour outside daily - often more - and are given ample opportunities to connect with their environment.
The buildings on Abintra’s campus have been sited to preserve as much land as possible. The three buildings that we constructed are “green” buildings. A pond and woods on six acres were donated by a generous parent in 1997. Subsequent developments in West Nashville have made this area a haven for area wildlife. Living in concert with the environment is an intentional choice.
On campus this means that we reduce, reuse, and recycle. From early childhood through middle school students compost and recycle. It is a daily practice, part of self-care and self-sufficiency. It is not only a part of our curriculum, it is the way we live with integrity in the world.