Educational Institutions

Waldorf School Association of Boulder Inc

  • Boulder, CO
  • www.shingmountainwaldorf.org

Mission Statement

Shining Mountain Waldorf School cultivates each student’s capacity for lively independent thinking, artistically imbued feeling, and moral courage for responsible action.

Main Programs

  1. "Fairy Blossom" Parent & Child Early Childhood Education
  2. Lower School
  3. Middle School
  4. High School
  5. Athletics
Service Areas

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Colorado

Boulder, Colorado and surrounding areas.

ruling year

1982

School Director

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Ms. Jane Zeender

Keywords

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Waldorf, Performing Arts, Athletic Programs, Independent School.

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Also Known As

Shining Mountain Waldorf School

EIN

74-2249366

 Number

0818038793

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

"Fairy Blossom" Parent & Child Early Childhood Education

Fairy Blossom offers the opportunity for parents (or parental figures) to come together with their children once a week in a warm, rhythmical and home-like environment under the guidance of our Early Childhood Director, Mary Beth Fifer. During the class time, Mrs. Fifer shares insights about life with babies and toddlers, and offers support for parents seeking to create a home life that will support a child’s natural development. This program is designed with a relaxed environment in mind, including time for open play, daily craft activity, circle time with songs, games, finger plays, story or puppet play, healthy snack, and outdoor time (weather permitting). Additionally, the class offers time for parents and parental figures to discuss parenting issues, ideas, and concerns in a non-judgmental environment. The classes provide families with the opportunity to gain helpful insight into the developing child from a Waldorf perspective.

Category

Early Childhood Education

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

None

Budget

Program 2

Lower School

Our approach to education in the Lower School (Pre-K through the fifth grade) relies upon an interdisciplinary structure within each grade and progressing through the years. In the Lower School, students are taught with lessons that convey academics through painting, drama, music, storytelling and other direct kinesthetic experiences that stir their emotions. Diverse modalities of teaching are integrated to ensure that students encounter a variety of learning styles. As a result, each child is able to comprehend classroom material and find positive areas of self-expression.

Category

Children & Youth (0-19 years)

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

General Public/Unspecified

None

Budget

Program 3

Middle School

In the Middle School, academics continue to shine through the arts, but the pictorial thinking of the earlier grades now turns toward more abstract thinking, forcing teaching methods adapt to this change. In addition to the traditional morning lesson blocks that are still taught, the Middle School also offers: outdoor education, community service, social/emotional learning (individual and group), a practical arts program, social gatherings (including dances, assemblies, ice cream socials, and Field Day games), yearly class trips (3-7 days), and field trips. Our Middle School also sponsors numerous parent education gatherings, where our community can deepen and enrich their knowledge and confidence around going through the middle school years.

Category

Elementary & Secondary Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

General Public/Unspecified

None

Budget

Program 4

High School

Shining Mountain Waldorf High School guides adolescents on a journey of discovery to find their place in the world. In High School, themes and methods stimulate higher-level intellectual skills and higher order thinking. This is the time when imagination, which has been carefully cultivated in the early years, is transformed into skills of convergent, divergent, analytic, synthetic, and evaluative thinking. A profound transformation takes place, and powerful inner forces are unleashed.

Category

Elementary & Secondary Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

General Public/Unspecified

None

Budget

Program 5

Athletics

We also offer an After School Sports program for students in Grades 7-12. Emphasis is placed on character development through teamwork, sportsmanship, and meeting victory and defeat with equanimity and grace. Athletes are guided to reach their highest potential, while maintaining a balanced lifestyle that includes academics, the arts, and involvement in family and community activities. All students who can make a commitment to the athletic schedule become integral parts of the school team (there are no tryouts or cuts). Sport offerings include Varsity and Junior Varsity levels of Girls Volleyball, Girls and Boys Cross Country, Girls and Boys Basketball, and Girls and Boys Track and Field for High School students.

Category

Elementary & Secondary Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

General Public/Unspecified

None

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Colorado

Boulder, Colorado and surrounding areas.

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Accreditations

Association of Colorado Independent Schools

Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA)

National Association of Independent Schools

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WALDORF SCHOOL ASSOCIATION OF BOULDER, INC.
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Waldorf School Association of Boulder Inc

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School Director

Ms. Jane Zeender

BIO

Jane is in her fifth year at Shining Mountain Waldorf School, and spent three years in the Development Office, two as the Development Director, and the last year as the Admissions Director. She feels extremely blessed to serve Shining Mountain Waldorf School in this new capacity as Interim School Director. Jane grew up in Maryland and has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University and a MBA in Marketing from The George Washington University. She has spent her career in various sales, sales management and marketing positions in Fortune 100 companies (Johnson and Johnson, Warner-Lambert), as well as being a marketing consultant for high tech, medical device and environmental start up organizations. Prior to moving to Boulder, she was an early parent at Potomac Crescent Waldorf School in Arlington, Virginia, where she served on the Board of Trustees for 3 years and was instrumental in helping them achieve Developing School Status with AWSNA. Her two children are enrolled in the lower and middle schools at Shining Mountain and are thriving. In her spare time, Jane loves to hike, mountain bike, read and cross country ski with her husband, Ryan, and children.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mark Feigal

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