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Mission, Vission, Values

A reverence for life & hope for humankind

We build a strong academic, artistic and social foundation in which each student cultivates a capacity for independent thinking, compassionate feeling, and responsible action.

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The need for imagination, a sense of truth, and a feeling of responsibility; these are the very nerve of education.

Rudolf Steiner

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Mission, Vision, and Values

Our Vision – is to awaken and nurture the full capacities in every human being so that each may enter into life in full freedom.

Our Mission – is to teach the whole child through a living and integrated curriculum to awaken their ability to become an independent-thinking, compassionate, and resilient human being empowered to do good in the world.

Our Values – at the Davis Waldorf School, we teach to the whole child in order to cultivate the values of resilience, relationship, and reverence.

Resilience: We seek to develop imagination, integrity and courage in every child so that they may develop the confidence to overcome challenges and live in freedom.

Relationship: We support the building of relationships with the self, others, and the natural world. We commit to being an inclusive, welcoming school that honors diversity in all its manifestations, both in the classroom and in the whole world community. 

Reverence:  We revere the connection between ourselves and the natural world and we commit to caring for others and the environment.


Land Acknowledgement

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For thousands of years, this land has been the home of the Patwin people. Today, there are three federally recognized Patwin tribes: Cachil DeHe Band of Wintun Indians of the Colusa Indian Community, Kletsel Dehe Wintun Nation, and Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation.

The Patwin people have remained committed to the stewardship of this land over many centuries. It has been cherished and protected, as elders have instructed the young through generations. We are honored and grateful to be here today on their traditional lands.

  • Patwin [PUTT-win]
  • Cachil Dehe [CATCH-ill DEE-HEE]
  • Kletsel Dehe [KLET-SELL DEE-HEE]
  • Yocha Dehe [YO-chuh DEE-HEE]
  • Wintun [WIN- tune]
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Our School's History

Davis Waldorf School (DWS) was founded in 1986 by a group of parents who wanted Waldorf education for their children. The first kindergarten opened in the fall of 1986 in the living room of a parent’s house in Dixon, California. The school soon moved to a temporary site in a farmhouse west of Davis. For five years the school grew into a community, housing the expanding grades in portable classrooms, holding assemblies and plays in the property’s open-air barn while laying straw pathways through the flooded yard each winter.

In 1992, a generous gift of land from John and Judy Whitcombe enabled the school to move to its current five-acre site. The campus and buildings were carefully designed to harmonize with the ecology of the landscape and the principles of Waldorf education. One of the most distinctive features of our lower grades classrooms is the rammed earth used in the interior walls. Formed of native California clays in beautifully swirled layers, the walls serve as integral works of art, encouraging a sense of connectedness to the Earth. Relocating the school was a community endeavor, with landscaping and prep work done by parents and faculty. The current strings portable building was transported from the old site. The Almond House (current preschool building) was donated by John Whitcombe. These buildings, along with the rammed-earth classrooms, formed the original DWS facilities.

In 2005, the upper grades wing was installed. DWS has since expanded to include: parent-child classes, two preschool and two kindergarten classes and one class each for grades 1-8. We have added an array of subjects which include: eurythmy; strings; band; Spanish; handwork; woodwork; games and gardening. Our first parent-toddler program began in 2003 and in the Fall of 2006, we added our popular preschool program.

In 2010 , the Site Committee developed a plan for continued growth and began the first phase of the project. We built new wings for both the kindergartens and administration using innovative green buildings.

In 2016, the school was accredited as a full member Waldorf school by the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA).

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