About Us

The Rolla Outdoor Collaborative School (ROCS) is a non-profit collaborative  preschool, homeschool and afterschool enrichment program  for the families of Rolla and the surrounding areas. The program is completely outdoors and takes place in the 70 acre Ozark Rivers Audubon Trails and Nature Center. ROCS has a 1:6 teacher-student ratio for preschool age children and at least one additional adult helper present at all times. All staff are trained in First Aid and CPR. Children are under the direct supervision of a staff person at all times.

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Our Mission

To provide a collaborative childcare environment where children can develop socially, emotionally, cognitively, and physically while immersed in nature. We strive to create an environment where caregivers can learn alongside their children. We work towards building a community with a goal of encouraging resilience, fostering independence, and instilling a sense of wonder and creating a new generation of nature stewards.

Our Collaborative Philosophy

The collaborative philosophy is what created and holds our school together. The school was founded through hard work and dedication by a group of families focused upon the central mission. In order to keep our school going strong, we depend on the collaborative efforts of the families involved. The school is guided by a volunteer Board of Directors, which meets regularly to establish policies and guidelines for the operation of the school. These positions, working with the Director and caregivers, are in place to support our goal of being a family administered school that is financed by registration, fees, and fundraisers. Caregiver participation is vital to the operation and success of this school.  Our students truly benefit from all our families’ contributions to  the school.

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