Cedar Springs is a wonderful, loving, warm and safe environment for our children. We love this school for our Kindergartener! It is a family environment where parents are gardening, potlucking, making play dates and sharing recipes all surrounding our drop off and pick up times for our children. Our family and parent involvement coupled with our teachers' commitment to our children and us parents is why our school was voted 2013 Best Private School in El Dorado County! Our school would be greatly improved by affording updates on our classrooms, heater and air systems and playgrounds, and staff deveopment.
I feel so blessed that my children are able to participate in this community. Im so glad learning is based on soul and heart not just mind and body. Our society needs to develop good people not just good test scores.
I want to share that CSWS has helped, my son, with Sensory Processing Disorder learn to communicate and grow emotionally. The kind teaching ways have improved his self esteem, there is only purposeful work when his hands are not doing something correctly. The fellow students are also taught that all have the ability to help each other emotionally. This school has really helped him!!! He did attend a public school and his behavior was not recognized nor addressed. In fact, his emotional self esteem was sad and getting lower everyday. WE are so Grateful for the love and support that Lily Kindergarten at Cedar Springs Waldorf School has given back to my son a joy in school and the spirit to be happy.. thank you
Cedar Springs Waldorf School is a small gem (preschool to 8th grade) tucked into the Sierra Nevada foothills outside of Placerville. It has a tremendous heart force, fostered by the teachers, the students, their parents, and staff. The only asphalt you'll see is on the driveway; everything else is dirt, gardens, rolling play yards, goat and chicken pens, a large greenhouse... The caliber of the teachers is amazing; they truly love and believe in their work here at CSWS. Everything from live student orchestral concerts, to flaming bunsen burners, live stage plays starting with the first grade, to field trips to the Mondavi, specialist math, Spanish, gardening, and music teachers, and everything in between is offered at our school. Parents know that their children are seen as individuals, whose talents and capabilities are fostered at an age-appropriate level. Open Houses and A Day in the Life are routinely offered. This is a wholesome, joyful place to live and learn!
Cedar Springs is an excellent school, full of caring teachers, engaged parents and enthusiastic students. The academics of this school fully prepare children for moving on to high school, and the ways they are taught to think and follow through give them gifts they can use throughout life.
Our kids transferred in at Grades 3 & 5 from a public school. The transition was seamless and we couldn't be happier. Our kids come home every day saying how much they love school and learning!
I've been to other Waldorf schools in the area recently and the thing I love about this one is the community. Projects that need doing get done by parents and alumni alike, to just amazing degrees. Everyone is carpooling, doing laundry, building fences, helping teachers -- and when you step onto the campus you can feel that support everywhere. Everyone knows how the budget is doing, and everyone has one eye on how they can help out too.
I had the priviledge of my two daughters to go through cedar springs waldorf school k-8. I could not have imagined a more perfect environment for my kids as well as for my family. The faculty and staff at cedar springs are full of caring and nuturing people that who's goal is to bring out the best in all who attend.
Tremendous academic results, community experience, family and student support as well as an eye opening perspective on how child learning "should" be. Cedar Springs is much more than just an outstanding academic program. It's a family focused, holistic approach to learning, development and support of students discovering the joy of leaning, the excitement of seeking out their individual points of exceptional attunement and the safe, secure environment to reach beyond their comfort zones. Simply put, Cedar Springs is a learning institution that addresses much more than just the child's ability to "complete" the three R's, it addresses the child's inherent inquisitive nature and draws life experiences from that nature that leave such positive street signs in that child that they love to experience new roads and new learning experiences with an eagerness that does not fade over the years in the school and beyond.
I am truly blessed to have my boys in Cedar Springs Waldorf school. The teachers are amazing and the community works together as a whole to make our school a unique, warm and loving environment for all the children.
When my son started in the Parent Child class at Cedar Springs Waldorf School, we fell in love with the school. He is now in Sixth Grade and we could not imagine a better educational experience. His teachers have been outstanding, going way beyond what we expected for teaching and parent support. There is a wonderful community of parents and high quality administrators.
Our school is a wonderful environment to raise young men and women! It lets kids be kids and take their time to grow into well rounded humans. The parents are involved and friendly. The teachers are amazingly dedicated to each and every student with genuine respect and love for the people they are and someday will be.
Wonderful school that focuses on educating the entire child! "Education is not filling a bucket but lighting a spark."~ Yeates
Cedar Springs has been a wonderful place to grow as a parent and to see our child develop as a well-rounded individual. Educating a child is more than teaching math and reading. Our school has exceeded all of our expectations.
Amazing education for children. Every child should be in a Waldorf school!
I have 5 children at Cedar Springs Waldorf School and I would never consider going anywhere else. Each of my children's needs are met individually and they are all excelling. They love going to school!
Education at the Cedar Springs Waldorf School is based on the understanding that the key to developing a critical thinking mind is to encourage the active and creative imagination. In addition to a standard curriculum our students study foreign languages, music, art, handwork, woodworking and gardening. The Waldorf approach to teaching has been proven to reach children of all learning styles. The Academics are brought through a curriculum that employs kinesthetic, visual and verbal opportunities for learning. At our Waldorf School the whole child is educated by engaging the student s natural curiosity, sense of wonder and love of learning. The arts are woven throughout each subject, further enriching and enlivening the learning process. We are proud of the documented fact that Cedar Springs Waldorf School education excels beyond the standards; our eighth grade students have consistently scored at the 12th grade level or above on the CAT tests for the past four years.
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