This is an exciting time in the history of Camellia Waldorf School! After 28 years of renting, last summer we purchased property. Our parents, children, faculty and staff spent countless hours working to bring the campus back to life. One of the special offerings at Camellia Waldorf School is our work with Kim John Payne and his approach to gently supporting children and creating a warm and inclusive school climate. We have text and want to create a brochure to better educate our community about this approach and how our children benefit from this work.
Camellia Waldorf School is an independent non profit school in Sacramento, California serving children and families from Parent Toddler through Eighth Grade. Camellia Waldorf School educates by honoring childhood, appreciating the individuality of each student, and instilling a sense of moral and ethical responsibility while building capacities for learning and encouraging clear and creative thinking.
As a Waldorf school, we have a unique and exciting approach to education and child development. Waldorf education was started by Rudolf Steiner in 1919 in Germany. Steiner believed that each child needed to be nurtured in their body, soul, and spirit, and that education must be based on a developmental approach.
The goal of a Waldorf education is to enable students to choose and to realize their individual potential and path in life as adults. Our Early Childhood program is based on play as the work of young children. Our teachers create an environment where imagination, a connection to nature, and a reverence for others can bloom. Our Elementary and Middle School programs work to enable the full potential of each child by developing imaginative capacities while building a strong academic foundation. An integrated approach, including arts and music, is found within all aspects of the curriculum. Waldorf students are engaged and work from an inner enthusiasm for learning. An impressive level of critical thinking, artistry, social skills and self confidence is developed through a Waldorf approach to education.
Our curriculum includes many opportunities for hands on learning including woodworking, gardening, painting, handwork, and strings (violin, cello). Our children do not receive homework until third or fourth grade, and much of their learning is project based. Waldorf education requires a strong partnership between family and school as well as a commitment to a schedule, nutrition, and a work ethic (such as chores) that supports health and responsibility. Graded work does not begin until Middle School and it is never competitive in nature. Our seventh and eighth grade students participate in Terra Nova testing, as part of their preparation for high school, and generally score at least two to the three years ahead of grade level. Our graduates attend a range of outstanding independent schools and magnet programs in public schools.
Rachel was amazing! She was so patient, creative, and easy to work with. We learned so many things through this project and Rachel was truly professional during our learning curve. We are so excited about our finished project and can't wait to share it!
Working with Ardyth and her team was an excellent experience! Ardyth's preparedness, clear requests, and gentle direction made this project both straightforward and creatively inspiring. I would love to work with clients like Camellia Waldorf school every day!