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City of Lakes Waldorf School

Private | PK-8 | 258 students

Our school is best known for offering a renowned Waldorf education.
 
 

 

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $174,400. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $740.

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4 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 7 ratings
2013:
Based on 2 ratings
2012:
Based on 4 ratings
2011:
Based on 5 ratings

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Posted April 25, 2008

This is a wonderful, happy school where my daughter is excelling socially and academically.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2008

a wonderful place for preschoolers to be preschoolers and learn through playing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2007

Our first foray into Waldorf education was with a shy, creative kindergartener in 1996. She is now a calm, confident, self-respecting teenager with many friends who is an artist and musician, an athlete, a capable leader and on her high school honor roll. Our second child, a personality completely different than our first, is now a 7th grader who loves CLWS, also has many friends, a fierce sense of compassion and justice, a keen mind that loves to learn -- not having been stuffed with data and stressed with mindless testing -- and looks forward to a challenging high school experience. CLWS knows how to educate children for a healthier life, a more peaceful humanity and a sustainable planet. There is so much here for both parents and children. Come see for yourself!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2007

My children are thriving at CLWS. They both learned to read at age 7 without any struggle and are now avid readers. They are challenged academically, but are not worried about grades or tests. Their whole beings are nourished on a daily basis as they are met with love and respect by their teachers and the other staff members. The school community has become like an extended family. We feel extremely blessed to have found CLWS for our children.
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Posted April 11, 2005

I am one of the privileged parents of two Waldorf students, our son enjoys first grade and our daughter loves going to preschool everyday. I say privileged because it truly is an honor to be a part of this school, to have my children enjoy this golden path of Waldorf education and for our family to be surrounded by such an incredible community. This building, which is so much more than the walls, holds a magic that is sensed as soon as one walks through the door. The teachers that give so much to honor and enrich each child s life. We enjoy the magical festivals, the access to Waldorf worthy toys at the school store, and the building and grounds that are so beautiful. There is so much to appreciate and so many ways to give back. I know there is no price tag to put on the education, experience and love my children receive here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2005

I stopped by the school one dreary winter day when my son Max was in Kindergarten to drop off something in the office. I was in my efficient, take care of business mode but decided to pop my head into Miss Rene's room to get a momentary glimpse of Max before heading back to work. When I opened the door, I was hit with a blast of exuberance. Max and several other children were wrapped in brightly colored silks, wearing crowns and flowered wreaths on thier heads. Sun was streaming through the large windows. The floor was strewn with pilows and blankets. The children were running and laughing. Max's cheeks were particularly rosy as he stopped laughing long enough to say, panting all the while, 'Mama, we're playing hyenas and I am king of the hyenas!' After this announcement he immediately folded back into the game and was off. I went back to work feeling immensely cheered, partially because I had caught the children's energy but mostly because of what that moment told me about Max. In that brief interaction I could tell that Max was fully engaged, that he was deeply happy and that he was in a place that celebrated his spirit. I knew at that moment that City of Lakes was the right fit for Max. Now, three years later, when I think about what Max is doing at any moment in the day, the image of the king of the hyenas pops into my head and makes me smile to myself as I go on about my work.
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Posted February 6, 2004

My 9 year old has attended CLWS since he was in preschool. He is excelling academically, play violin, is creative, artistic, compassionate and loves school! I attribute this to the unique philosophy of Waldorf education, and would recommend it highly.
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 78% 73%
Black 11% 9%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 6%
Hispanic 6% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Chinese (Mandarin)
Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Circus Arts Program Award (2012)
Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • Green School Award (2012)

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
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:15 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 5:15 a.m.
School Leader's name
  • Marti Stewart
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • Infant
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • No
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • AWSNA
Fax number
  • (612) 767-1551

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Waldorf
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Environmental
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Transportation options
  • limited bus service in Mpls
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • pentathlon, circus arts
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • pentathlon, circus arts

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
More from this school
  • City of Lakes Waldorf school is part of a global community of Waldorf teachers and child development professionals who have come together for the purpose of educating, supporting and inspiring children. With 90 years of proven curriculum experience, Waldorf has nearly 2500 schools and kindergartens in over 60 countries. Over 94% of North American Waldorf graduates gain admission to a post-secondary school of their choice; 50% go on to a Masters Degree or PhD.
School leaders can update this information here.
 

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No

Planning Ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
The Blake School
De La Salle
Benilde St. Margaret's
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2344 Nicollet Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
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Phone: (612) 767-1502

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