The Apple Tree Academy is a community of four independent Early Childhood Education Programs that are passionate about educating young children and supporting their families. Each day hundreds of families entrust our professional staff to care for their precious little ones as we provide a sound curriculum and quality learning opportunities. We partner with our parents to provide nurturing care with a “whole-child” focus. Our four centers and certified teaching staff provide a superior educational child care experience in partnership with the parents to ensure that the spiritual, intellectual, social, physical and emotional growth come together to provide a foundation that gives children a great start in life..
Our Belief
We believe that the “whole child” is to be appreciated for their individual gifts and personalities.

Our teachers are committed to providing a loving environment for your child while he or she learns the skills they need for long-term success in life. In partnership with the family, we will nurture children into respectful, confident and joyful learners.

We believe that every child deserves personalized developmental child care in a distinctively positive environment.

Our childcare, preschool, and school-age programs provide meaningful experiences that meet children at their level of understanding.

We Offer:
An age appropriate lessons and songs.
Snacks and meals.
Teachers who speak lovingly and naturally with the children.
Apple Tree Academy provides an academic program for children of all ages serving the cities of Stuart, Palm City and Jensen Beach, Florida. We provide every child a planned education curriculum and a trained staff committed to educational goals of excellence. Your child’s caregiver will use loving, creative, and purposeful means to teach and nurture your little one. Our concern is for the total personal well being of the child—physical, social, mental, emotional, and spiritual.


Apple Tree Academy has served the parents and children of Florida’s Treasure Coast for more than a decade. Apple Tree Academy includes four locations and is independently owned by John & Lisa Chitty, who have a strong background in early childhood education and curriculum. We believe that families in our community need a place where their child will be taught from a caring perspective, and cared for by professional, nurturing staff.


Our mission is to provide high quality early childhood education programs with developmentally appropriate learning experiences in a nurturing, Christian environment.
We believe that:

each child is a unique creation
children learn best about the world through direct exploration and hands-on discovery
families are a child’s first and most influential teacher
Everything we do is intended to:

nurture children
support families
We will use B.E.S.T. practices in all areas of our program–Believing in one another, Encouraging one another, Sharing with one another, and Trusting one another. This applies to every relationship we encounter– Teacher to Teacher, Teacher to Child, Teacher to Parent and Child to Child.

Our Approach
Apple Tree Academy attracts and retains educators that work with the parents and child to nurture and grow respectful and confident learners that will be prepared adequately for social and academic success.

At Apple Tree Academy , we understand that every child has an individual learning style. Our teachers are committed to guide every child in learning and in play with a kind heart, a gentle voice and a spirit of nurturing that will instill a sense of value and security in meeting their unique needs. We believe that the “whole child” is to be appreciated for their individual gifts and personalities.

Our teachers are CDA Certified and through continuing education we ensure our faculty maintains the highest standards in early childhood education.

  • Personal and Social Development
  • Spiritual Development
  • Language Skills and Development
  • Literacy Development
  • Mathematical Thinking
  • Scientific Thinking
  • Social Studies
  • Creative Expression
  • Physical Development


Our philosophy is that education at its best is provided in an environment in which each child feels loved and well respected as an individual. When a child is encouraged and nurtured in mind, body and spirit, he will flourish and grow. When these qualities are present, the child gains confidence, self-respect and grows a healthy love for learning. The school and home are partners in this important work so that children can grow to be world-changers.

Our Values
Each member of our staff commits to do their best to be a reflection of caring to each child who enters our center doors. The patience, respect, value, care, concern, time, energy and nurturing that is exemplified in each and every classroom on a daily basis is the result of an intentional effort.


The Apple Tree Academy offers a variety of early education programs to families with children ages six weeks to 10 years. We are a private, independent family of four Early Childhood Education centers committed to educational goals of excellence.
Our Schools
A Nurturing Environment
We have designed our centers to be your child’s home away from home. Our staff partners with each parent to ensure an individualized (best-practice) approach, developing the “whole child.” This is the foundation on which our choice of an integrated curriculum model is based.

Our Standard
All of our centers are accredited and licensed; a prestigious status only achieved by 5% of early childhood centers nationally. Accreditation assures our programs, staff and centers have been through a rigorous quality assurance process that includes developmental appropriateness, health (cleanliness) and safety standards. We meet the highest standards nationally, assuring you are choosing the very best for your child.

Safety and Security
At Apple Tree Academy we are committed to the security and safety of every child that is entrusted to our care. We have “Safe Harbor” web-based viewing system throughout our campus, including every classroom and our playgrounds. These high resolution cameras have infrared capabilities that allow our administrators to observe activities throughout our campus even during naptime and power outages.

Additionally, we offer Himama, a parent communication software. In order to participate in this program, we require a parent permission form for the publishing of children’s work, photographs, or videos through the Himama application. You will receive updates about your child through the program to your email that you have on file.

Healthy Meals
At Apple Tree Academy we are committed to providing healthy meals and snacks to your child. All meals are cooked on site providing your child with breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack which will be included in the weekly tuition cost.

Our Menu