Rainbow Community School

  • Our Mission: We develop accomplished, confident, creative learners who are prepared to be compassionate leaders to building a socially just, spiritually connected, and environmentally sustainable world.
  • Our Method: We provide an engaging, nurturing learning environment to educate the whole child using the seven domains. We inspire academic excellence with a program in harmony with the stages of child development. We model within our community the kind of world in which we aspire to live.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Other school association(s)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Year Founded1977

Student Body

Total Students210 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 18%
Students by Grade Rainbow Community School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers22 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio10:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size20 students

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition NotesPreschool: 2 days a week: $6,570/year 3 days a week: $9,670/year 5 days a week: $13,380/yearKindergarten: $13,745/year 1st Grade: $13,760/year 2nd Grade: $13,770/year 3rd Grade: $13,770/year 4th Grade: $13,770/year 5th Grade: $13,490/year 6th Grade: $14,160/year 7th Grade: $14,720/year 8th Grade: $14,995/year
Admissions DirectorSheila Mraz


Total Sports Offered5 sports
SportsBasketball, Flag Football, Soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, VolleyballBasketballFlag Football,
SoccerUltimate Frisbee,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.2 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Boffer Games, The America Adventure Service Corps

School Notes

Founded as Rainbow Mountain Children`s School in 1977.

Rainbow Community School is proud to offer a private, independent and alternative educational program for preschool through middle school-aged children that draws from the best in current educational thinking and holistic models of child development. We are recognized nationally as a leader in contemplative and mindfulness education.

The Seven Domains: Our progressive program supports the development of the whole child in seven domains: mental, spiritual, emotional, moral/social, physical, natural, and creative. We do this by engaging children`s native intelligences and exposing them to other intelligences through collaborative projects. To ensure learning is a lifelong process, we help children master essential learning skills that encourage self-directed exploration.Traditional educational models rely heavily on standardized testing and rote memorization, often dampening children`s natural love for learning. Our child-centered curriculum is designed to inspire curiosity through experiential thematic units of study. We use assessment rubrics and goal setting to encourage children to reflect on and take responsibility for shaping their own educational journey.

Our integrated program covers:
  • Language arts
  • Mathematics
  • Social studies
  • Science
  • Spanish
  • Music
  • Art
  • Peace studies
  • Service learning
  • Computer literacy
  • Physical education
  • Character development
  • Environmental education
  • Global Initiatives
Primary and middle school students receive regular Spanish language, art, music and physical education enrichment with specialized instructors. Equally important, these creative forms of expression and learning are incorporated in the classroom with our project-based curriculum. This multifaceted approach engages children in the learning process and makes the journey fun and relevant.We invite you to explore our program further by reviewing our mission and vision statements, our historical summary, grade-specific program overviews, special program features, teacher biographies and testimonials.

Of course, the best way to experience Rainbow Community School is first-hand. We encourage you to make an appointment to tour our campus and discover the magic of learning.

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School Reviews

We love the nurturing, creative, and academically rigorous environment provided at Rainbow. We have two kids who have been at Rainbow for 4 years and have been continually pleased with the level of professionalism from the teachers and administration. Our children are honored for who they naturally are and challenged in areas of potential growth. The holistic approach with a thematic and integrated curriculum is an amazing way to educate children and one that truly develops the whole child. We feel blessed to send our children to Rainbow!
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