Growing Tree Academy was founded in 1981 by Gloria Buonforte, the current director. Growing Tree originally began as a preschool, designed to help neighborhood children prepare for kindergarten. The first year started with six preschool children. Emphasis is still placed on small class size, but the school has grown to include slightly larger preschool classes for three-year-olds, pre-kindergarten classes for four-year-olds, and an accelerated kindergarten for five and six-year-olds.  
Growing Tree has always been a place where children can grow and flourish, where they can begin a positive and happy experience in education, and where they can develop friendships and good character.
Mrs. Buonforte, founder, director and teacher, grew up in Sandy, Utah. She has a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration.  She has always had a great love for small children. She loves helping each child discover their potential. She has been teaching since 1981. She has found great joy in raising her four children and now loves spending time with her grandchildren. Her interests include aerobics, tennis, tap dancing, hiking, reading, movies, and theatre.
Growing Tree is located in downtown Spanish Fork, Utah. Please call  (801) 369-2787 or (801) 798-7898 for more information.
Our mission is to build a foundation that will prepare children to be confident, self-reliant, and productive individuals, where they can think for themselves and find reward through achievement.
A brief history of Growing Tree and its founder