Sierra Waldorf School was established in 1989 by a dedicated group of parents and teachers who sought a high quality learning environment for their children. After investigating various educational methods, they found Waldorf education to be relevant, effective, and time-proven, with over 92 years of successful application worldwide.
Fundamental to Waldorf education is the insight that children learn differently at different stages of development. This means that the curriculum of each of our programs has been carefully crafted to work in harmony with the phases of the child’s emotional and physical development. The result is a balanced approach to education that integrates the arts and academics for children from earliest childhood through 8th Grade.
The Early Childhood Program in a Waldorf school provides the young child with a warm, beautiful and loving home-like environment, which is protective and secure where things happen in a predictable, rythmical manner. The teacher engages in domestic, practical and artistic activities that the children can readily imitate (baking, painting, gardening, songs, and handcrafts.) Additionally, the teacher nurtures the children’s power of imagination through storytelling and free play.
Lower and Upper Grades
In the first eight grades of school, children are exposed to the main branches of human knowledge. During that time, they also form their sense of self and their attitude toward others and the world around them. In short, they lay the foundation for their future striving and development. It is the aim of Waldorf education to make their foundation resilient and broad.
The children participate in music, drama and a variety of other artistic activities, practice hands-on skills such as knitting, gardening and woodworking. They enjoy physical education in addition to solid academic subjects such as English, History, Geography, Mathematics, and the Sciences.
More about the school…
Nestled in the beautiful Rawhide Valley, Sierra Waldorf School offers classes from Preschool through eighth grade. In the center of the campus stands the historic 1875 Rawhide Schoolhouse, which is now used as a classroom and assembly hall. Our rural site, surrounded by ranch land and framed by Table Mountain.
The school is centrally located for both Tuolumne and Calaveras Counties. It is 10 minutes from East Sonora and less than 20 minutes from Angels Camp. Sonora, the county seat of Tuolumne County, is a 2 1/2 hour drive from the San Francisco Bay Area and a 11/2 hour drive north of Yosemite National Park.
We welcome inquiries about our school and would be happy to arrange for you to visit our classrooms. We encourage you to join us at one of our festivals. We also schedule cultural events and lectures from time to time.Please call the school office if you would like more information, or if you wish to be added to our mailing list.
Sierra Waldorf School
19234 Rawhide Road, Jamestown CA 95327
Sierra Waldorf School is a non-profit corporation which does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, national origin or ancestry.