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Shining Mountain Waldorf School

Private | PK-12 | 310 students

Our school is best known for our well-rounded academic curriculum!
 
 

 

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Posted October 17, 2012

We have two boys in High School and they have flourished at Shining Mountain for 11 years. The High School curriculum is challenging, engaging, and beautifully prepares the students for college. Our HS Senior will be accepted at top colleges with academic scholarships. The HS faculty is of amazing calibre and the ratio of students to teachers is something like 7:1. The whole package is here: challenging and engaging academics in arts, sciences, speaking, writing, movement (eurythmy), community service (critical on college apps), social health (HS students mentor younger students), vocal and instrumental music, drama, and sports teams. HS basketball team will contend for a state tournament bid this year. The athletic program teaches "dual role coaching" which teaches life long values as well as how to compete. We have already realized our dream of having our boys learn to love to learn! Priceless gift that we hope they will pass on to their children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2012

I have been part of 4 different Waldorf communities over the last 10 years and Shining Mountain is by far the best in terms of organization, resources for children and adult education. Not only do my children feel supported, cared for but as a parent I feel the same way. The curriculum supports each child as they grow into themselves and wake up into the world by using the arts, outdoor play and academics to challenge and inspire learning. The creativity, respect and love of learning is evident in my children and I look forward to seeing how they will help shift and change the world one day. Waldorf students have an opportunity to not only have an outstanding academic education, but a life education and learn who they are in our vast and fast paced society.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2012

When it was time to choose a school for our son, we looked at almost every school in Boulder County. We wanted to find a school that knew how to work with active boys without labels or drugs. It was a big change for us as they asked us to change our son's bedtime, develop more routines, slow down, and stop all screens (TV, video, computer, etc.) His teacher promised us that we would see behavior changes and almost immediately he became calmer, his voice became higher and sweeter, he started singing as he played, and he became more independent. This sweet boy was the same rough boy that only 3 months previously had gotten in trouble for hitting other children in preschool. It was truly a miraculous turn around. Now, in high school, he shakes his advisor's hand every day and his teachers have known him since he was 5 yrs old. The children and the parents agree to a drug free teenage community and I know the families and young adults with whom my child is spending time. I also know that my child will have a good sense of what his gifts and talents are as he exits schools and how he wants to give those to the world.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2012

I have attended various Waldorf Schools throughout my childhood as my parents moved quite a bit. I have been to Pine Hill in NH, T binger Freie Waldorfschule in Germany, and Shining Mountain Waldorf School here in Boulder. Moving from country to country can be very difficult, but the continuity of the daily routine was instrumental in helping me transition from culture to culture. When I had my son, it was very clear to me that Shinning Mountain was the school for us. I love the community, the teachers, and the philosophy. I graduated magna cum laude from Colorado State University, and attended CU Boulder for a while. When I mentioned that I had attended a Waldorf school to my professors, a number of them remarked that you can often pick out students from Waldorf schools since they are taught to think, not just to absorb information and regurgitate it on a test.


Posted October 17, 2012

We chose Shining Mountain because of the deep commitment everyone has to the school and the children. We started at our local public school but could see the negative impact immediately on our daughter's creativity and sense of herself. Her first year at Shining Mountain she would come home singing every day - and in multiple languages - she's just so happy there. She has this belief in herself from having a Waldorf education that she can do anything - because she has done so much. She's never been made to feel like she isn't "performing" and as a result she's excelling. We are so happy we made the switch.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2012

My son has been at Shining Mountain Waldorf School since he was in pres-school. He's now in 8th grade and will stay through high school graduation. He's at the top of his class with straight A's, speaks 2 languages, plays violin 2nd chair, is on the cross country & basketball team. He loves it and is thriving! Shining Mountain has a strong academic program, loving teachers and wonderful families.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2012

Everything about SMWS is fantastic! I attended K-12 and always felt like I belonged. The teachers are all supportive, the curriculum is well-rounded, and the community is very loving. As a graduate of a Waldorf school I feel as though I am more grounded and accepting than many others I know, and I feel as though my education was so great that I can now excel in several areas. Having art as part of the Waldorf curriculum from day 1 made a difference in my education as well. Everyday I am grateful that I was able to attend SMWS and I hope than many others will do so in the future!


Posted October 16, 2012

We just moved to Boulder and Shining Mountain from Austin and Austin Waldorf, and we are so happy with our choice of a new school. We have a five year old in her third year of kindergarten and because of the school grounds, teachers, communication, adult education, as well as the sincere passion that each faculty members shares in making sure that our daughter has the best experience, she is flourishing. The school exceeds expectations on so many levels and we are looking forward to having our children shine throughout their school experience at Shining Mountain.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2012

The Waldorf Method is definitely different than what most people in the US know as schooling. In Waldorf, they kindle the fire, they light up the passion for learning. Waldorf lays a strong foundation in the child, awakens curiosity in the lower school, enlivens the child in middle school, and engages the teenagers in high school. Waldorf graduates around the world are people of various backgrounds, interests, skills, and jobs. They are people who are engaging, interested and overall impressive individuals that can engage with people smoothly in a variety of topics and situations. Shining Mountain in the last few years has experienced tremendous growth, and transformation. There is excitement in the community for plans going forward into building new facilities, with a special focus on the High School. There is a strong parent association that is very supportive. My children are thriving, I couldn't be happier. Suggestion to new families; visit the high school students and hear them present their projects. upon hearing these young adults, you'll see the end result of Waldorf method and won't regret it. My children are thriving!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2012

My daughter has been attending SMWS for 2 years now and we've been totally happy with the experience. We switched from the Boulder Public school system to SMWS and the difference is pretty amazing. I've been impressed by every faculty member I've met.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2012

My 26 year-old daughter is a graduate of SMWS, class of '05. She is wonderfully grounded, kind and smart young woman who runs her own business, and has done so since the year she left Shining Mountain. While her dad and I would love to take all of the credit for how she turned out, we (happily) cannot do that--the SMWS curriculum, teachers, staff and community have all played a vital role in shaping the person she is today. We still enjoy being a part of the SMWS community and are looking forward to the awesome Michaelmas Pageant this coming Friday!!! You really can't go wrong with the well-rounded, thoughtful and creative curriculum that SWMS offers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2012

We looked at SMWS because we met Waldorf kids who were incredibly impressive as people. Not just smart & accomplished, but solid. Mature, well-rounded, able to hold conversations, NOT shallow. Among nieces & nephews, regular school kids (great in so many ways) completely occupied texting friends, can't engage meaningfully, distracted. Waldorf kids present , interested & interesting, comfortable in their own skins. The Waldorf approach is different. Deep exploration of topics, music, art, performance & integration across disciplines. No teaching to the test/learning by rote. More observational, not just accepting what you re told. Not perfect, seems to take longer than I'd like, but the kids definitely know a lot about the subject. Art, music and performance are serious. I can't believe the art my sons have done. It s is not for everyone. If your kid loves tests or is uber-competitive, or you get freaked out by the pace, array of topics or non-denominational spirituality, it can be a challenge. Shining Mountain is a great school. Big enough to have a variety of kids, goes K-12, great faculty/staff, pretty good facilities (high school gets a refresh soon), great kids & parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2012

My child has gone to this school for four years. In those four years, there have been times of inspiration and magic. However, the teachers AND administration have proved incompetent in dealing with issues of bullying. At least five families that I know have left due to inaction. Things are usually swept under the rug and not made public. Only recently have they began dealing with this insidious issue, but change is slow at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2010

My children are supported by amazing teachers that love and respect them. My boys are honored as the individual spirits that they are. The whole child is supported, mentally, physically, and spiritually...and there is not one single worksheet, they draw, sing, play instruments, and asked to question why, to look deeper, and above all to see all people with respect, no matter of their race, creed, color, and religious beliefs...I have two boys that have not been late to school once this year, look adults in the eye, shake their hand, and speak with confidence....I am such a lucky parent, and I support this school with all my heart..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 31, 2009

I have been a parent at Shining Mountain for over 10 years and fully embrace the Waldorf approach to education. The curriculum is rich with science, music and the arts. The teachers are decicated, and the school embraces the volunteer parent community. Just look at the college accpetances from this year's graduating class (2010). They include Cornell, NYU, and Stanford.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2009

I've been going to this school from 8th grade until now. I am currently in 10th grade, and frankly, I love this school. I went to public school before this one, and due to the economy I am having to change back to public at almost exactly half way through this year. I'm heart broken to go, and hope to be able to return before this quarter ends. The teachers are amazing, the classes are great, and the learning environment itself is what I love the most. There are no windowless flourecent rooms with blank walls and graffiti covered plastic desks, this is as far as you can get from feeling trapped in a depressing place. If there's ever a review you have to trust, it's one coming from the student that has to spend every day there, and with those teachers.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 4, 2007

The phlosophy behind this school is practical and iunspirational. The teachers are committed to each individual child and are deicated to each class they teach. What a blessing it is to have found this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2007

This is an amazing school. The curriculum is really rich and the teachers really dedicated. If you are up for a Waldorf School this one is outstanding. If you don't know much about Waldorf, learn more before signing on. It is a big commitment but very worthwhile.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2005

This school has been a big disappointment, mostly because the teachers are awful (very lazy and incompetent). I can only recommend that this school be shut down.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2005

Shining Moutain Waldorf School has brought confidence and a enthusiasim into life to my children. My children shadowed there after shadowing at other schools, came home from this amazing school and say'd 'mom I am so going here'. After they started going to this school they never felt the need to stay home 'sick' and were never pressured to be some one that that thay were'nt. The quality of this school is unmistkeably rich. The music and art has changed our lives dramaticly, now instead of coming home to my children watching tv I find them playing their instraments or sckething. I have found Waldorf an awesome experience and would highly reccomend sending your children there!
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 95% 62%
Asian 2% N/A
Hispanic 2% 29%
Two or more races 1% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Black 0% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Waldorf Schools
Public Schools
Montessori Schools
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 98% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation Wide Variety including: Yale
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Gardening teacher(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff German
Spanish
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Awards

Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • Eco-Cycle Green Star (2011)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab
Visual arts
  • Architecture
Clubs
  • Recycling club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • German
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • German
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • Debate
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 5:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Sue Levine
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • AWSNA
Fax number
  • (303) 444-7701

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • College prep
  • Waldorf
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • German
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • German
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • ILP
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Community service
  • Debate
  • Foreign Exchange Program
  • Mock trial competition club
  • National Honor Society
  • Peace Jam
  • Project Week
  • Recycling club
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school does not have a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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  • Shining Mountain’s well-rounded academic curriculum, enlivened by the arts, music, movement, and foreign languages, provides a learning environment that fosters creativity and healthy social interactions. As you explore the many facets of this rich curriculum, you will see that the experiences at Shining Mountain are about transformation – the gradual unfolding of faculties and capacities which take the individual beyond tradition and the conventions of our time.
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What are your chances?


9 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
91
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
106
Students typically come from these schools
Waldorf Schools
Public Schools
Montessori Schools

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$6000 - $16000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
Tuition Assistance

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Wide Variety including: Yale
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College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
4 year college - 98%
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999 Violet Ave
Boulder, CO 80304
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Phone: (303) 444-7697

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