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Editor Note: There is another Waldorf kindergarten with a similar name: Rose Kindergarten in El Sobrante

Dec 2014

Re: ISO small kindergarten

Please take a look at Berkeley Rose School, a Waldorf school right in North Berkeley. My daughter attended for preschool and after a year at public, we're back for first grade. What a contrast! The school currently has two kindergartens, both classes are small (under 10 for one, the other one might be 12), and I believe there are spaces open for next Fall. I can tell you how much I value the shared values of eating organic, sleeping enough, playing outdoors, keeping things simple and age appropriate for the children, and honoring and respecting them. My daughter loves school, even math, and I feel that she's being educated holistically through the Waldorf methodology. Mandarin and Spanish instruction begin in First Grade. There is an open house on January 24 from 10-12noon. Or call to learn more. Kim, Mom of Two Waldorf Kids

June 2014

Re: Moving to N. Berkeley - looking for a preschool

You should look into Berkeley Rose School. We love it there. My active 3 year old has thrived there. It's a Waldorf school so very nature based and lots of fun imaginative play. The teachers are wonderful and community is very supportive and caring. The school is located in N Berkeley (cedar/walnut) 510-859-7679 Happy Berkeley Rose parent

June 2014

Re: Academics, Soc/Emotional, and how boys learn!

Hello! I am so sorry to hear about your son's experience. My son is also has the same challenges. I do believe it's more common in boys. They are just more active! We absolutely love our school, Berkeley Rose in North Berkeley. It's a Waldorf school that I feel really is wonderful helping children reach their full potential. The teachers are amazing and the class sizes are small. I feel this really helps my son stay focused and teachers are able to work with him more individually if needed. You can learn more at School ends June 5th so I would recommend calling the school soon so you can observe a class while school is in session. Good luck with your decision! Please let me know if you have any specific questions! Ha

May 2014

Re: Kindergarten openings in private schools?

Hello! I wanted to recommend Berkeley Rose School in North Berkeley. It's a Waldorf school and they have openings in Kindergarten for the Fall. My son goes there and we absolutely love it. It's truly an amazing school that really fosters the child's growth. You can learn more at I would recommend calling them for a tour soon since our last day of school is June 5th. Ha

May 2014

Re: PT Half Day Preschool Fall 2014 for 2.5 yo

Hi Meghan! Welcome to Berkeley! I wanted to recommend my son's preschool - Berkeley Rose. It's Waldorf based and your daughter would be in the Rosebud classroom. That's where my son is now. Vasilica (the lead teacher) is absolutely amazing! My son is really shy and Vasilica was so warm, gentle, and caring with him. He has absolutely thrived in the setting and loves going to school now. The school has a beautiful yard and garden. The children who attend there are so sweet and lovely. The community is very supportive. I can't say enough good things about the school. I believe there's only a couple spots left which will probably fill up quickly if you are interested for the fall. Here's the schools website so you can learn more. Ha

March 2014

Re: Seeking preschool w/ garden & nutrition focus
Berkeley Rose School ( has an edible garden where the children garden and play every day (not sure the snack comes directly from the garden each day, but my kids come home with snap peas and flower seeds from the garden regularly). The Early Childhood programs serve a warm, organic snack daily, and the children are involved in helping prepare the food, set the table, and (in the K class), wash the dishes. They bake bread, make vegetable soup (wash veggies, cut them up, etc), grate cheese to put on their millet (yes! they ALL eat millet!). The food preparation is part of every day's rhythm, as is the cultivation of table manners, sitting together to enjoy the food, having friendly conversation while eating, using cloth napkins, etc. It's quite lovely, and I've really appreciated the quality and variety of foods my kids- and their friends- will eat as a result of eating the same thing together every day. It's inspired by the principles of Waldorf education, so there's singing, music, rich language arts/storytelling/puppetry, art with high quality, natural supplies, plenty of free play, and a warm, consistent rhythm for the day, week, season, all of which lay the foundation for academic success. Check it out- I think the preschool is filling up quickly. Real Food Mama

Aug 2013

Re: Are there any charter waldorf schools in east bay?
While there is a Waldorf charter school in Oakland, there is also Berkeley Rose, a private start-up Waldorf school in Berkeley for pre-schoolers and K-3rd grades. We joined this community last year in the Grades Program and have been delighted to discover a nurturing, child-centered approach to education. Our children come home happy each day saying school is ''awesome'' - learning happens on many levels in a lovely community environment.

We are appreciative of having our children in a school focused on whole child learning and a nourishing community of peers. The teachers and children were lovely in our local public school but it is a stressed system because of the intense focus on state standards, tests and grades. One consideration in the charter Waldorf Schools is that they need to balance the Waldorf elements with a focus on state standards and test scores. You may want to explore all these options before you decide. Waldorf Parent

Aug 2013

Re: Preschool for 2 years old girl very attached
Hi- Just wanted to tell you about the Rosebud program at Berkeley Rose School in North Berkeley- the school's early childhood programs are Waldorf accredited; the grades program is not- yet. I think the child has to be 2.5 yrs old for the Rosebud program but am not sure about this. It's a small, sweet, gentle program with a fantastic teacher and assistant. I think they have only 6 or 8 children. It runs 3 mornings per week, which I've found is rare in a preschool as most of them expect more days/hours. Your child will experience a lovely, joyful, gentle transition to school here: lots of singing, creative play, healthy warm snacks, a dependable rhythm to the days, I could go on and on...Check them out. (full disclosure: I'm a happy parent of 2 children at the school). Sarah

Feb 2013

Re: Waldorf type school in Berkeley for 1st & 3rd graders
My daughter is in second grade at Berkeley Rose School, and I wholeheartedly recommend it. The school was begun in 2009 by families in Berkeley who wanted a local Waldorf-inspired school in the community. We've had our daughter enrolled there since the first year of the school. The program is excellent, and it's in the heart of North Berkeley in a very accessible location. You might want to take a look at the website for more information: I'd be happy to talk further with you, or other interested parents - email me, or call me at (510) 527-2747. Mary G

Hi - We are a new family at the Berkeley Rose School - a Waldorf inspired newer school in Berkeley with a preschool and grades program. We would highly recommend Berkeley Rose - it is a nourishing, supportive, loving and creative environment. The school strives to balance all aspects of child development - the kids move, paint, do academics and language (in the grades programs), gardening and music. They retain the best elements of childhood - the freedom to explore, learn and be themselves, while being a part of a kind and caring group of peers. We are very happy here. Best of luck in your search! Mom of a BRS 2nd grader
Oct 2012

Re: Considering Waldorf school for 5 year old
There is a lovely Waldorf school in central north Berkeley called Berkeley Rose. Two of my kids attended and they thrived there. Both just loved school. It's such a warm, magical and nurturing environment. If you are considering Waldorf, you should definitely check it out. Currently it's early child care through second grade. With the plan of adding a grade a year up to 8th. Their website is Best Julieana

July 2012

Re: Looking for a Preschool with a Garden
You should visit Berkeley Rose School in North Berkeley/Gourmet Ghetto neighborhood. Their website is: We are in the midst of putting in a wonderful garden right outside the classroom in our new, permanent location on Cedar and Walnut. Berkeley Rose is a waldorf-inspired (seeking certification) preschool through 2nd grade school. The school will be growing a grade a year. My 4 1/2 year old twins attended the preschool last year and will be doing another year of preschool before kindergarten. I didn't know much about the Waldorf philosophy but have learned a lot and really believe in all of it! There are 2, 3, 4, and 5 day options for preschoolers and the regular time is half-day (8:30 - 12:30 with an option to attend the afternoon program if desired). I think Waldorf is a good fit for every child - they learn how to play, use their imagination, tell stories, sing songs, be outside, work with nature. Berkeley Rose is also lucky to have a wonderful preschool assistant teacher who is also the school's garden teacher, Willow Summer. She previously started and ran City Slicker Farms, an urban farm in Oakland. She is wonderful with both children and plants. There are several parents who drive from quite far away (Orinda, Lafayette, El Sobrante) to attend the school! A happy Berkeley Rose parent seh

Jan 2012

Re: Mid year openings for a 4 1/2 yr old in Berkeley?
There is a lovely school in central Berkeley named Berkeley Rose that has openings. Both of my children currently attend and are thriving. It's Waldorf inspired so the classrooms are beautiful. The teachers are extremely nurturing. Focus is on play, arts, the natural world around them and fostering their imaginations. There are 2, 3 and 5 day programs with options for aftercare. Their website is A happy Mom

June 2011

Re: The new Waldorf-Inspired Charter in Oakland
Did you know there is another Waldorf school closer to you? Berkeley Rose School is expanding into the grades, growing a grade a year up to 8th grade. Beginning this Fall, Berkeley Rose will offer first grade in addition to preschool, kindergarten, and parent-tot programs. My son currently attends the school and my daughter will start in September. I am continually amazed and touched by the thoughtfulness, beauty, and love that he receives from the teachers and through the curriculum. I could go on about the art projects he brings home, the sweet songs and stories he learns at school, and the wholesome food that he enjoys. If you love Waldorf it would really be worth your time to look into Berkeley Rose. The website is (and on their website is a link to a new Oakland Waldorf-inspired charter school that's located by the Oakland Zoo, which would be worth looking into as well). A Waldorf Parent

Jan 2011

Re: Oakland/Berkeley Preschools with Caring Teachers
I can whole heartedly recommend Berkeley Rose School. My son, 4, currently attends and my daughter will start this Fall. Berkeley Rose is a Waldorf-inspired school. Their approach is to offer its children a complete (''head, heart, and hands'') and loving approach to education. The teachers are nurturing and caring. The classrooms are warm and inviting, full of toys that inspire their play and encourage the development and use of their unique imaginations. There is much care given to the stories, songs, activities, art projects and even food offered to the children. They try to instill magic and wonder in the world around them and a strong awareness and appreciation for nature outdoors, and the individual nature of each child.

The school is currently located in the North Berkeley Hills but the plan is to move to a new location in the South Berkeley area this summer. They will be offering part-time & full time classes and after care for preschoolers. I also believe they'll have a summer program as well.

I suggest you visit their website to learn more about the school, I would also be happy to answer any additional questions you may have. Julieana

Oct 2010

I am overwhelmed by all the great preschools options in the berkeley area. We are moving from the east coast which makes this process a lot harder. I will have one week to try and cram in as many tours as i can. Does anyone know how ''strict'' the berkeley rose school is with their media policy ella

You also ask about media policy at Berkeley Rose. My son just started this year to attend the Berkeley Rose school. After the first days of school I got to see a beautiful and remarkable change in his play and interaction with his peers and brother (he is calmer, his play is directed and full of imagination, he sings, he admires and looks for ''treasures'' in nature). I give full credit to the teachers for his emotional and social growth. They offer such a rich experience to the little ones, from the poems, songs, stories, puppet shows, nature walks, gardening, crafts, painting, all done in such a respectful and loving way! Regarding your question about media: It is a Waldorf-inspired school, therefore the families that attend are striving towards media-free environment. The handbook says ''We believe that children enrolled in our school should be given the gift of a media-free childhood''. As a parent I see how all the children can play together, sometimes inspired by the gentle story they just heard from the teacher; their imagination spans out in their alive play! The school has a wonderful and strong community (I also moved from NY and was overwhelmed with the choices out here). from a very, very happy parent
In your question about Monteverde Preschool you later asked about the media policy at Berkeley Rose. This is my son's second year attending Berkeley Rose. Last year we were new to Waldorf, and he had been watching some PBS shows. It was coming out a lot in his play the first year, and he had a hard time not regurgitating dialogue and stories made up by others. The teachers were tolerant, and knew we were working to wean him from media. It was surprising easy to cut out TV and movies all together (the Leap Frog took a little longer for him to forget). And wow, what a difference. His imaginative play, and ability to work with the other children to create fascinating stories and play alone (he's our only child) has just blossomed. People are amazed by his play and verbal skills. I attribute it all to the wisdom and teaching found in Waldorf philosophy and our school. ''Strict'' isn't really applicable at the school. They don't make you sign anything, it's just a given that parents who enroll their young children in Waldorf are going to find alternatives to media, as they believe it can negatively effect the developmental and emotional growth taking place during the years of birth to seven. Good luck in your search--there are many fabulous options in the East Bay! Berkeley Rose Mom
I am a parent of a child attending Berkeley Rose ( and asked our lead teacher to respond to the inquiry of ''how strict the Berkeley Rose school is'' regarding media: ''We at Berkeley Rose wish to help our young children (ages 3 to 6) develop as creative, fully engaged individuals. We believe they should be given the gift of a media-free childhood. We are dedicated to nurturing the childrenC-s capacities for imagination, independent thinking, and positive action. We believe--and many studies suggest--that efforts to foster the young child's healthy emotional development and meaningful relationships with their environment are undermined by encounters with media. Encounters that separate the young child from authentic experience and promote a distorted, developmentally inappropriate, and consumerist view of the world. In order to help its students develop as creative, fully engaged individuals, Berkeley Rose is committed to helping (upon request) each family through the process of transitioning to a media-free environment. Being 'media-free' is a standard we hope to maintain through the understanding and cooperation of all Berkeley Rose families. It is not a 'rule' to be enforced by the faculty, but a tenet to be mutually shared by all of our families who have these ideas in common, and who strive to give a media-free environment to their children.'' I hope this answers your question. If not, feel free to let me know. Julieana
April 2010

I heard there's a new Waldorf school in Berkeley. I think it's called Berkeley Rose? Does anyone have information about or experience with the school? Berkeley Mom

I believe the school you're referring to is Berkeley Rose, a Waldorf-inspired school and parent-tot facilitator that's located near the Gourmet Ghetto neighborhood in the North Berkeley foothills. You can learn more about the school and expansion plans, which will go to grade 8 or higher in Berkeley, at I'm the parent of a son who attends the mixed-age kindergarten there and I couldn't be more pleased with his and our collective experience. I'm quoted in the school flyer as saying, ''The mindful, fun and loving lessons and care my son receives from the teachers at Berkeley Rose is helping him to blossom into a beautiful boy. It's not only a magical place for kids to learn and explore; it's also a solid community of thoughtful and supportive parents.'' It is truly amazing and I can't imagine my son in any other educational setting. From the way the children learn to explore to celebrate holidays and birthdays, I am constantly reminded of the joy, wonderment and small pleasures in life. I'm also doubly pleased about the adult and parent-child workshops they offer on weeknights and weekends, from gardening to crafting to bread-making to philosophical discussions. The school tuition is very affordable--an important factor for our family. I believe they still have some openings in the kindergarten and first grade classes. Andrea
My daughter attends the Waldorf-based mixed age kindergarten at the Berkeley Rose and we could not be happier!!! It is so wonderful to drop her off into the loving arms of her teachers and know that she will have a day filled with gardening, baking bread, making soup, singing songs and chasing chickens! The magic of the Berkeley Rose is that it is a place where my daughter's spirit and imagination is nurtured and encouraged. As a parent, I could not ask for much more. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the school. jess
Hi - Yes, there's a Waldorf school in North Berkeley! It opened last fall with a mixed- age kindergarden (ages 3-6). My daughter has been attending, and it's been wonderful on every level - fabulous teacher, great location, and a curriculum that honors the spirit of children. We're excited to be continuing there next year. There are plans in place to begin a grades program as well. I'd be happy to connect with anyone who is interested. You could also directly contact the school at Mary
My son attended the Berkeley Rose School this past year in their mixed-age kindergarten ( for more information). It is a Waldorf-inspired school that follows closely the Waldorf kindergarten model. We had a very positive experience and recommend the school highly to any one interested in Waldorf education for their children. The lead teacher (Miss Anita) is an experienced Waldorf kindergarten teacher and the administrators are dedicated and caring. Each day follows the same basic rhythmn with a different main activity each day (e.g. Monday-painting; Tuesday-gardening; etc.) which we found to be very supportive to our child. In addition, there were many activities to bring the parents together into a greater school community, which was wonderful for us and our child to extend those friendships outside of the school. John in Berkeley
Yes, as of Sep 2009, there is a new Waldorf school in north Berkeley, the Berkeley Rose. Right now it is a mixed age kindergarden but they are looking to expand into the grades as the children grow.

I have had a wonderful experience there. My child who always showed a lot of separation anxiety, had a very smooth transition as the teacher was so warm and loving. The days are spent in the beautiful garden, gardening, tending to the chickens, gathering eggs and playing with sand, and inside, painting, woodworking, cooking and of course playing with natural toys in a beautiful space.

The school offers beautiful seasonal activities and holiday celebrations like harvesting a pumpkin, lantern walk, advent spiral walk, growing wheat grass, felting eggs and chicks etc. On Fridays, the school offers an innovative program, a day in the hills, where the children spend all day outdoors rain or shine. Not only nature provides a wide range of opportunities for physical exploration and imaginative play, but the children develop a personal relationship with the natural world, a sense of reverence for the Earth. I forgot to add that the snacks are all homemade, nutritious and organic, and the children make their own sourdough bread and stone soup.

The school also cares about creating bonds among the families and the community by offering craft gatherings and classes and study groups.

We are very happy with the school! happy parent

Our son goes to the Berkeley Rose School and we love it. Our son has really blossomed at the school. It's amazing to see how much more aware he is now of the nature that surrounds him. At school they learn finger knitting, sewing, carving and bread making. The school has hike day every Friday which provides a wonderful outdoor experience to explore the mother earth. The teachers are truly loving, caring and been a great resource for us. We highly recommend anyone taking interest in the Berkeley Rose School. Tsering
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