And what he sees that day,
That he becomes.
The Davis Waldorf School was founded in 1986 and serves 205 preschool to 8th grade children.Set on a beautiful 5-acre campus in North Davis, the Davis Waldorf School program balances artistic, academic and practical work educating the whole child - hand and heart as well as mind.
Our innovative methodology and developmentally-oriented curriculum, permeated with the arts, address the child's changing consciousness as it unfolds, stage by stage.Imagination and creativity are cultivated as well as cognitive growth and a sense of responsibility for the earth and its inhabitants. Under the warm and active instruction of their teachers, children are provided with a creative and nurturing environment in which to develop, grow and learn.
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Our preschool program is a structured, play-based and developmentally appropriate program for 2-3 year olds with a balance between child-directed and group activities. The group activities include circle time, story, and a healthy mealtime. Songs, stories, puppetry, movement, and artistic and domestic activities enable children to explore their relationships to themselves, each other, and the world around them. The program weaves daily and weekly rhythms around seasonal themes.
The program is offered five days a week from from 8:45 am-12:45pm (children may be dropped off as early as 8:00 amfor no extra charge) with 2, 3 and 5 day options. An optional extended-day program is available until 5:30 p.m. Our preschool information packet for the school year is available here Application is available here.
We have two mixed-age kindergartens, serving children ages 4-6. Waldorf educators have always sought to protect the wonder and magic of early childhood. The Waldorf kindergarten provides a nurturing, homelike environment, full of natural beauty, from the corner Nature Table with its changing seasonal tableaus, to the simple, unfinished toys that stimulate the child’s imagination. Baskets of river rock, seashells, sliced of birch branch, simple cloth dolls and wooden frames draped with gauzy cotton or shimmering silk come alive during creative play, transformed by the children into villages, castles, ships and forests as the moment’s drama unfolds.
This play is the children’s work, exercising their creativity and imagination and laying the groundwork for the life-long love of learning. Recognizing that young children learn most directly through imitation, the kindergarten teacher strives to be a worthy example, modeling respect for each individual and reverence for all living things. The Waldorf kindergarten creates a secure bridge for the children, smoothing the transition from home life to the new life of school. The celebration of seasonal traditions and festivals also draws families into the school community, further supporting and encouraging the growth of the whole child.
The program is offered five days a week from from 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m (children may be dropped off as early as 8:00 am for no extra charge). An optional extended-day program is available until 5:30 p.m. More information on our kindergarten program here. Application available here.
Our Elementary and Middle Schools
Waldorf educators have always recognized that a child learns best when his or her whole being – body, emotions and intellect – is actively involved in the learning process. In the grades, each day begins with a two hour Main Lesson – an in depth exploration of a core academic subject – designed to engage the full range of the child’s capacities. A typical first grade math lesson, for example, might incorporate story, rhythmic movement, art and the use of tangible “hands-on” materials. This imaginative, multisensory approach brings the subject alive for the children and allows them to become active and enthusiastic participants in their own learning. Please click here for our grade school curriculum. Application available here.