Back to Berkeley Preschools

Berkeley Rose School


Berkeley, CA 94709

Phone:
(510) 859-7679

Website:

2 parents took the survey TAKE THE SURVEY

Berkeley Rose, a school offering curriculum based on Waldorf education, is now in its fifth year and has expanded into a permanent location in North-Central Berkeley, and first through fourth grades for 2014-15 (growing a grade a year up to 8th grade). The school’s early childhood program is member of the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Waldorf

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language      
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space more

More Information

  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

More Information

  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

More Information

  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

More Information

  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

More Information

  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught handwork, cooking, gardening, woodworking, breadmaking

From the Director:

Please see our website for the various program descriptions.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Waldorf teachers realize that each child is on their own timeline because each child is unique. A teacher is always mindful of encouraging a child, whether they are struggling or excelling at a particular task.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Berkeley Rose is a collective of parents and Waldorf teachers who have come together and work together to accomplish this goal: To offer to its children a complete (“head, heart, and hands”) and loving approach to education inside and outside the classroom; an education that honors the individual as much as it teaches the importance of community.

In all of its actions in the classroom, Berkeley Rose strives to:

•Respect and protect childhood
•Support and help develop all aspects of each child through academics, social/emotional health, and motor skills at the appropriate developmental time
•Put forth individuals who are citizens of the world, dedicated to understanding and contributing to the health and balance of human kind
•Follow the Waldorf educational model

As a community, Berkeley Rose offers an environment where communication is direct, supportive and open, and where diversity of all kinds is supported. It is a school that is accessible, flexible, and judgment-free, and works with families in exploring and discovering the best choices for their children in a culture brimming with options.

A Typical Day

Varies by program. Please visit our website at www.berkeleyrose.org for more information.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Email
  • Pick-Up

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

As a community, Berkeley Rose offers an environment where communication is direct, supportive and open. It is a school that is accessible, non-rigid, and judgment-free, and works with families in exploring and discovering the best choices for their children in a culture brimming with options.

We believe parents can be of assistance by informing teachers of any changes at home that may result in unusual behaviors by their child. Do so verbally, write it in the comments field on the sign-in/out sheet, hand the teacher a dated, signed note containing the pertinent information or email.

There are three parent nights and two parent-teacher meetings a year. We also offer parent eduction workshops