Coryell Autism Center
The Coryell Autism Center is a private, nonprofit corporation dedicated to providing specially-designed services people with autism the Center is named in recognition of the Coryell Family Foundation’s ongoing support of individuals with autism in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Santa Cruz CA
Santa Cruz Waldorf School
Santa Cruz Waldorf School honors students’ individual development and capacities, and nurtures a love of learning through our rich curriculum inspired by Rudolf Steiner. At our rural, forested campus, our community, led by creative Waldorf-trained teachers, encourages the protection of childhood and respect for all life.
Santa Cruz Waldorf School cultivates self-directed, empathetic and free-thinking individuals with the courage and capacities to serve an ever-evolving humanity.
While Waldorf education places heavy emphasis on the formation of value systems, students and parents at the Santa Cruz Waldorf School are not indoctrinated to any particular way of thinking, world-view or religion. On the contrary, a variety of perspectives are presented so each student has a basis from which to make up his or her own mind. The curriculum gives a diverse and well-rounded view of history, government models, religions, gender, and social forms.
Our Parent-Child program is a wonderful way to introduce your young child, walking to 3 years old, to the classroom experience and for parents to learn more about the rich, developmental approach of Waldorf Education.
Preschool and Kindergarten – Our philosophy has always been to provide a home-like environment for young children, and now our focus will be on supporting parents in creating a sane and healthy home environment. Our program offers significant support and guidance for parents, and daily activities for the children including live audio circle time and story time.
The Grades Environment
One unique aspect of a Waldorf grade school is the class teacher. The class teacher ideally remains with his or her students from first through eighth grade. This system allows the teacher to grow along with the students and facilitates a strong bond of trust between students, parents and teacher. In each grade, the focal point of learning takes place during the ‘Morning Lesson’. Here the class teacher presents in blocks of three to four weeks, major concepts in the various disciplines: math, science, history and literature. Work in the arts supports the academic curriculum by developing the capacity to solve problems creatively. Spanish is taught in all grades through story, song, rhyme, movement and art. Spanish grammar, reading, translation and short plays are introduced beginning in fourth grade. Music plays a major role in the development of the child and is a key element in Waldorf education. A host of dedicated specialty teachers work tirelessly alongside class teachers to provide students with diverse experiences in language, movement, music, arts, athletics and gardening. “Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings who are able, of themselves, to impart purpose and direction to their lives.”