Shepherd Valley Waldorf School, on 38 agricultural acres in Niwot, Colorado, has offered a rich Waldorf curriculum since our inception in 1993. We serve families in the greater Boulder area including Longmont, Boulder, Erie, Lyons, Lafayette, Louisville and Niwot.
Our Faculty aims to connect deeply with their students, with the Class Teacher ideally remaining with the same students from First to Eighth Grade. This deep connection also supports a basic need of children for genuine authority and appropriate boundaries.
We cultivate in every child the balanced development of thinking, feeling and willing— the foundational skills and capacities for a successful and meaningful life. Our curriculum offers a rich and lively balance of academics, art, music, world languages, drama, handwork and movement.
We believe that education is about much more than acquiring facts and skills. It is also about developing strong character and a solid ethical and moral foundation for life.
The Waldorf approach to education has earned an international reputation for excellence since the first Waldorf school was founded by Rudolf Steiner in 1919. Waldorf education engages the whole child – head, hands and heart – through a structured and demanding curriculum. The style of presentation and the curriculum are adapted to the phases of the child’s development from preschool through high school.
Shepherd Valley offers curriculum for children from 12 months through 8th grade.
Sweet Pea Garden Parent Child Program (Ages 18 months to 3 years)
The young child’s very first learning experiences come to him through imitation of the adults around him. The Sweet Pea Garden offers plenty of opportunity for learning in a simple and beautiful home-like environment for the younger child who is not quite ready for separation from his parent. One morning a week he attends class with a parent or other caregiver. Guided by the teacher, parents work at simple, meaningful tasks in the room, while the children help or play freely. With the support of the parent and with the help of the trained teacher, the child begins to move into social play experiences. In addition to playtime, the morning includes circle time with attention to fine and gross motor movements, snack time, outdoor play, and story time.
Kindergarten (Ages 3-6)
Shepherd Valley Early Childhood teachers nurture the children's power of imagination particular to the age. The Early Childhood teachers at Shepherd Valley Waldorf school work with the young child primarily by creating a warm, beautiful and loving home-like environment, which is protective and secure and where things happen in a predictable, regular manner.
Elementary, Grades 1-5
When the child is ready for first grade, the powers of understanding are expanded to include writing, reading, and arithmetic. At Shepherd Valley Waldorf School, it is not simply the acquisition of knowledge that is important. The process by which this knowledge is acquired is equally important.
The Waldorf School responds to this need with a most remarkable offering: providing a Class Teacher as the key authority for the time between First Grade and the onset of puberty. Ideally, this teacher accompanies the children through all eight grades of elementary school. While a wide array of other subject teachers also interact with the class, the Class Teacher's task is to guide the group of children during these important and impressionable years and to teach the class many of the curriculum subjects.
During these years—grades one through eight—the basic skills of literacy and numeracy are acquired. The children engage in a variety of cultural activities that cultivate the imaginative faculties—drawing, painting, poetry recitation, drama, singing, playing a musical instrument are a few examples. During all activities, the essence of the teacher's task is to work with his students with the imagination of an artist.
Middle School, Grades 6-8
The Middle School Student is characterized by a growing independence. He/she is no longer satisfied with goodness, beauty and truth as judged by another, but rather is keen to explore his/her relationship with these high ideals.
The Shepherd Valley Waldorf Middle School Faculty and Staff partner with parents to provide an environment of support and strength to meet the growing expectations of the adolescent. The Shepherd Valley Waldorf Middle School provides a curriculum that validates the experience of adolescence and provides schoolwork with real connections to the outer world.
Middle School students at Shepherd Valley Waldorf School are exposed to more special subjects as their world expands. The relationship with the Class Teacher continues to be important in Middle School, but the student forms stronger relationships with more Special Subject Teachers and handles a more varied set of subjects; he/she is expected to commit more time to schoolwork, do more homework, and manage his or her time more independently.
Available upon request. Please call (303) 652-0130 to make arrangements.
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Camp Morning Glory, ages 3 to 7
Each day unfolds in a rhythmic way alternating group activities with opportunities for free play. Children will enjoy exploring our 38 acre campus during their daily walk, stories, songs and games during circle time, outdoor play with sand and water, crafts such as felting and fingerpainting. We’ll bake our own bread and snack on the organic veggies that we pick from the CSA on campus. Instructor in June: Gabriella Cervin. July and August: Iris Kelly Candea.
Weekly sessions from June 10 - August 9, Cost $130-$350/week.
Camp Cottonwood, ages 8 to 12
Camp Cottonwood offers one-week long themed day camps, including wildcrafting, theatre, and beekeeping.
Hours are 8:30am-3:30pm, unless otherwise noted. After Camp Care is available from 3:30pm-5:00pm.
Weekly sessions from June 10 - August 9, Cost $250-$375/week.
Sessions: Wildcrafting, Out and About, Circus Arts, Theatre, Games, Outdoor Adventure, Bee Care, Mandarin Culture
Shepherd Valley Waldorf School
is a developing member of AWSNA
Offering PreK-Grade 8, Summer Camp, Parent-Child Classes
6500 West Dry Creek Parkway
Niwot, Colorado 80503