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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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Visit Our School

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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How the Arts Teach Students Perseverance

The practical arts are an important way that students learn to overcome obstacles. Whether sculpting in clay, carving in wood or stone, or metal working, students have to take their ideas and make them real, using complex materials that often don’t do exactly what you expect. This is why we include the practical arts in our middle and high school curriculum for all students. They challenge students to overcome failures, develop their problem solving skills, observation, precision, grit, and build confidence in their ability to take [...]

Small School, Thriving Students

Study after study indicates that school size matters, and that small schools outperform big schools in terms of student satisfaction and achievement. Students at smaller schools feel seen, recognized, connected to their teachers and peers, and challenged to be their best self and do their best work. Summerfield's students feel part of a supportive and engaged community. Teachers, staff, students and their families all work together to create a school environment where all students can thrive, learn, and grow. Small Schools: The Myths, Reality, and Potential [...]

Edutopia: Why Students Should Write in All Subjects

Writing helps students grapple with, understand, and remember complex concepts in a wide range of academic subjects. At Summerfield, students use writing and drawing every day to create their own unique “textbook” for each subject area. This process allows students to demonstrate the depth of their understanding and become authors and co-creators of their education. Why Students Should Write in All Subjects Writing improves learning by consolidating information in long-term memory, researchers explain. Plus, five engaging writing activities to use in all subjects. By Youki Terada January [...]

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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