This school is a hidden gem in Boulder County. It's a small school with a big commitment to excellence in education. Elementary and middle school students study math, science, two languages, practical arts, farming and gardening, as well as music, painting, and drawing. The teachers bring excitement and a contagious love of learning to the classroom each day. Because class size is limited, each child gets plenty of individual attention even as he or she learn to be part of a socially dynamic group. The pre-K and kindergarten classrooms and gardens are magical and beautiful. Our family preferred this kindergarten over the other Waldorf programs we looked at because we were so impressed by the teachers' commitment to preserving and promoting a childhood, and to educating and supporting parents. We have stayed at this school for five years and continue to feel very positive about the students, faculty, campus, and a heartfelt parent (and grandparent!) community.
A wonderful school on a beautiful 38 acres that the students get to explore every day. My 5th grader is well versed, balanced and growing in the areas of math, science, German, Chinese, music, painting, building, making, etc... His classroom has a very supportive and non-competitive feeling to it, with students often helping each other learn. The teachers are extraordinary, with an amazing understanding of child development, and age appropriate learning. My child is thriving not only academically, but creatively and socially as well -- this education is as much about growing students/scholars as it is about growing thoughtful, well-adjusted humans. I can say emphatically: I LOVE my child's school, and we are thrilled that we have made attending Shepherd Valley a priority.
My daughter has been a Shepherd Valley for 9 years now! The commitment and dedication of the teachers is phenomenal. The attention and care my daughter has had goes beyond words. And it is not just heart that the school brings: the creativity, the honoring of the children, the way of teaching in accordance with the development of the child, the space for children to be in nature, nurturing the whole child, the art, the handwork....I could go on and on. Shepherd Valley is a great school.
I have a child at Shepherd Valley Waldorf School, and I couldn't possibly be more thrilled. Everyone is just so caring. The teacher is so committed to getting to know each child and to communicating with the parents. The children in the lower grades are developing their imagination. The school has a philosophy of limiting a young child's exposure to TV and electronic games, which means we have a community of families that share this value. I just can't imagine being any happier with the school.
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