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Berkeley Rose School (Berkeley, CA)
- Owner: (non-profit) director: Andrea R. Vander Pluym
- Phone: (510) 859-7679
- Email: email@example.com
- Neighborhood: N. Berkeley
- Zip: 94709
- License #: 013420901
- Website: http://www.berkeleywaldorf.org/
- Ages: 3 years - 3rd grade (growing to 8th grade) + parent/tot classes
Editor Note: There is another Waldorf kindergarten with a similar name:
Rose Kindergarten in El Sobrante
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.
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).
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: www.berkeleywaldorf.org. I'd be happy to talk
further with you, or other interested parents - email me, or call me at
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
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
Re: Looking for a Preschool with a Garden
You should visit Berkeley Rose School
in North Berkeley/Gourmet Ghetto
neighborhood. Their website is:http://berkeleywaldorf.org/
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
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
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 www.berkeleywaldorf.org (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
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
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
Does anyone know how ''strict'' the berkeley rose school is with
their media policy
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 (www.berkeleywaldorf.org)
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.
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?
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 www.berkeleywaldorf.com. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
My son attended the Berkeley Rose School this past year in
their mixed-age kindergarten
(http://www.berkeleywaldorf.com/ 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!
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
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