Waldorf School On The Roaring Fork

16543 Old Highway 82
Carbondale, CO 81623-0816
Tel: (970)963-1960
Grades: PK-8 | 152 students
The Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork is committed to providing a safe, beautiful, and nurturing environment where children can experience the wonder of education and learning.
The school offers a Preschool and mixed-age Kindergarten for children from 2-1/2 to 6 years old, parent/child classes ("Peas & Carrots") and classes of 1st through 8th graders.
During early childhood the child is performing important physical and brain development work, so we choose not to rush them with academic drills or abstract experiences.
Instead, the children's days are filled with both structured and unstructured activities that exercise powers of imagination.
Our two-year Kindergarten program prepares the children for entry into the Grades where learning and education unfolds from within each child as they progress through the Grades.
Waldorf Education was founded by Austrian born, Rudolf Steiner, who was a educator, scientist and philosopher.
He also created Eurythmy and biodynamic farming, one of the earliest forms of organic farming.
None of us can predict what information our children will need to know twenty years from now, however we do know that to be successful they will need the ability to think and solve problems.
Waldorf education is based on an understanding that key to developing problem solving skills for the 21st century is an active imagination and a commitment to pursuing one's purpose in life.
Waldorf teachers understand that children pass through distinct stages of development and that both the subject matter and manner in which it is taught need to be specific to the age of a growing child.
This understanding distinguishes Waldorf education from other approaches to education.
Ideally, the Grades teacher moves forward with the class each year so that an extended family is created to help children transition through these stages in a healthy manner.
The development model is inspired by the thoughts and writings of the visionary educator, scientist, and philosopher, Rudolf Steiner.

School Overview

School Type School with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc. Association of Waldorf Schools of North America
Association of Colorado Independent Schools (ACIS)
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded 1994

Student Body

Total Students 152 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
91%
State avg.: 25%
Students by Grade Waldorf School On The Roaring Fork Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 22 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 7:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size 15 students
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(Some restrictions apply.)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $8,950
% on Financial Aid
40%
Average Financial Aid Grant $1,800
Acceptance Rate
98%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Catherine Woolcott

School Notes

  • The Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork is committed to providing a safe, beautiful, and nurturing environment where children can experience the wonder of education and learning. The school offers a Preschool and mixed-age Kindergarten for children from 2-1/2 to 6 years old, parent/child classes ("Peas & Carrots") and classes of 1st through 8th graders. During early childhood the child is performing important physical and brain development work, so we choose not to rush them with academic drills or abstract experiences. Instead, the children's days are filled with both structured and unstructured activities that exercise powers of imagination. Our two-year Kindergarten program prepares the children for entry into the Grades where learning and education unfolds from within each child as they progress through the Grades. Waldorf Education was founded by Austrian born, Rudolf Steiner, who was a educator, scientist and philosopher. He also created Eurythmy and biodynamic farming, one of the earliest forms of organic farming. None of us can predict what information our children will need to know twenty years from now, however we do know that to be successful they will need the ability to think and solve problems. Waldorf education is based on an understanding that key to developing problem solving skills for the 21st century is an active imagination and a commitment to pursuing one's purpose in life. Waldorf teachers understand that children pass through distinct stages of development and that both the subject matter and manner in which it is taught need to be specific to the age of a growing child. This understanding distinguishes Waldorf education from other approaches to education. Ideally, the Grades teacher moves forward with the class each year so that an extended family is created to help children transition through these stages in a healthy manner. The development model is inspired by the thoughts and writings of the visionary educator, scientist, and philosopher, Rudolf Steiner.
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