Shepherd Valley Waldorf School K - 8
Why and How to Make Waldorf Education Possible
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Why Waldorf? Why Shepherd Valley Waldorf School?

There are many reasons parents choose to provide a Waldorf Education to their children. Ultimately it is up to each parent to decide what is best for their child.

What we do at Shepherd Valley Waldorf School:

Educate Children Cultivate Community Environmental Stewardship
Cultivate a life-long love of learning Offer family activities outside of regular school hours Nurture a sense of awe and wonder for the world
Teach through experience, observation, discovery Provide opportunities for parents to engage in healthy family activities Provide farm experiences for students, including pumpkin picking and seed cultivation
Value 360 degree assessment, including child’s engagement in class and creation of their own main lesson book Promote diversity through tuition assistance and scholarships Utilize open space for farming, working with Black Cat Farm and the Boulder County Farmer Cultivation Center
Allow children to bring forth and share their own gifts Active PTO that partners with the school leadership Engage children in the world, and with humans
Engage the whole human being, through a rhythm of activity throughout the day Engage the community through various educational offerings Offer CSA opportunities to families through Everybody Eats
Utilize curriculum grounded on Rudolf Steiner's teachings on child development    
Value unique contributions, nurture self-awareness    
Nourish the human being    

How to Make Waldorf Education Possible

Again, it is up to each parent to decide what is best for their child, and how to prioritize what are often limited family (human and financial) resources.

Here are some ways parents have shared with us that indicate how they are making a Waldorf Education possible for their child. This information is based on families who pay the published tuition rate and those who receive tuition assistance and/or scholarships.

  • Front loading. Parents have expressed the value of supporting the best possible education when their children are young (early childhood, elementary school, middle school) because that is when the children are most impressionable.
  • Prioritizing. Looking at expenses and identifying priorities. Families have made decisions to redirect vacation money towards the education of their children; to eliminate non-essential expenses such as cable, additional cell/home phone packages, and/or eating out.
  • Family support. Asking for assistance from relatives, or utilizing birthday/holiday gifts towards tuition payments.
  • Simplifying. Similar to the prioritizing, many families share that they make decisions to simplify their lives in a way that reduces expenses by looking at what activities or services they spend money on, and choosing to redirect those financial resources to their child's education.
  • Financial assistance. In addition to the methods above, many families request tuition assistance, or apply for a scholarship. Our hope, but not requirement, is that families are able, over time, to increase the amount they can contribute towards tuition. There are families who make contributions after their child has graduated, in the spirit of appreciation for the assistance they received and with the intent of assisting other families who are not able to pay the full tuition when their children are young.

Please know that in no way is this intended to define what families should do. The spirit is to share what some families have done to make the education possible for their children in the hopes that it creates a new way of looking at possibilities for parents who do wish for a Waldorf Education for their own children, but are not sure how to make it happen.