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Summerfield graduating class of 2014,
Quest University Graduate 2018

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Interest in the World Inspires Life Long Learning

"Play is the work of childhood" - Jean Piaget

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Creators and Makers Develop Critical Thinking

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Rich, Diverse Curriculum for Initiative and Purpose

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Music Awakens the Inner Life and Enlivens the Soul

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"All Education is Physical Education" - John Ratey

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Request our information packet and tell us about your child. We offer preschool through high school Waldorf education on our beautiful 38-acre campus and farm in Sonoma County. The school was established in 1974 and is the only school in the state with a working Biodynamic farm on its campus.

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Come and see first hand the richness and depth of Summerfield’s curriculum where experiential learning builds students’ capacities. Experience a day in the life of Sonoma County’s oldest independent school, where academic excellence is cultivated and inspired learning takes place daily.

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Thank you for considering Summerfield Waldorf as you embark on the journey of choosing a school for your family. Summerfield is uniquely positioned to engage its students and faculty, creating a learning environment that fosters the awakening consciousness and abilities of students academically, socially and artistically.

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The Importance of Joy in Education 

Why it's important to bring joy back into education. New research from the Harvard Graduate School of Education highlights the critical importance of joy in education.  If schools replace joyful modes of learning with high stress methods, neuroscience researchers find that students learn less and have more difficulty with mental processing and long term memorization.  That is why in Waldorf Education we incorporate stories, theater, outdoor learning, art, movement, play, music, project-based learning, and community service throughout our curriculum.  This holistic and joy-filled approach to education [...]

Summerfield’s Farm to Feast 2022: Gratitude for Our Community

Farm to Feast is Summerfield Waldorf School and Farm’s annual, signature, springtime event. Originally Published in the Summerfield Messenger, June 2022 Edition. Written by: Hayden Terstegge, Development Associate May 21, 2022, had finally arrived! It was time for Summerfield's 16th Annual Farm to Feast, and the day could not have been more beautiful. It was warm, the sun was shining, and the Farm, in all its splendor, was ready to receive our guests. Upon arrival, guests were greeted with a glass of sparkling wine, wood-fired pizzas, [...]

The Benefits of Garden-Based Learning

The academic benefits of… gardening?  As more and more schools recognize the importance of time in nature for students’ mental and physical health, there is also new research on the academic benefits of gardening.  Several decades of research show that gardening has a positive impact on students. From their academic performance, behavior, breadth and depth of knowledge, level of engagement, and attitude, students are benefiting from garden-based learning.  That is why gardening and nature-based education are an integral part of Waldorf Education. The farm and garden [...]

At all stages of education, Summerfield’s curriculum is designed to develop not only the student’s mind but also their character. It develops empathy, collaboration, and shared responsibility between students, teachers and the world around us, cultivating openness to possibilities and a sense of stewardship. Course content focuses on giving students an in-depth understanding of the subject at hand while providing them a context to work on themselves as emerging individuals.

Meaningful Learning

Summerfield Waldorf School and Farm teaches students to be creative, critical thinkers with a strong moral compass, who are open and resilient, and can turn challenges into possibilities. This approach to learning integrates the arts with academic rigor, and experiential, hands-on activities. Students are provided with the opportunity to take risks, think imaginatively and embrace new opportunities with initiative, creativity, and resilience.

Creative, Critical Thinking

Summerfield is accredited by both AWSNA (the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America) and WASC (the Western Association of Schools and Colleges). The courses offered exceed the University of California’s admissions requirements, and Summerfield students score consistently high on SAT scores for Sonoma County while enjoying acceptance at the colleges and universities of their choice. Summerfield high school students engage in a comprehensive study of a variety of disciplines.

A Proven Path to Success

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Our Programs

Early Childhood

Our early childhood program provides children with a calm and joyful experience filled with magic and reverence.

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Lower School

The lower school curriculum is dynamic and diversified, offering humanities, mathematics, science and the arts.

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High School

The high school curriculum inspires students to be active in their own learning and understand how to educate themselves.

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Alumni Testimonials

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