At Blue Oak, engagement of the child is foremost. Each day is infused with art, music, & movement; ensuring we are teaching to the whole child; head, heart, and hands.
Guided by our Waldorf-inspired curriculum, we strive to develop in each child a lifelong love of learning, preparing them for active & ethical citizenship; critical thinking, self-awareness, creative imagination, & social responsibility.
Our curriculum is developmentally appropriate, neurologically sound, integrative & imaginative. Specialty subjects include:
- Strings (Violin instruction begins in 4th-grade)
- Handwork (Knitting, crochet, sewing, embroidery, etc.)
- Technology (Begins in 3rd-grade; emphasizing technology as a tool and digital citizenship)
> Click here to view our Curriculum at a Glance for grades 1st through 8th.
> Click here for more on our Kindergarten program
We strive to develop the mind, body, and spirit of the child, encouraging, in the process, the child’s spiritual freedom and growth.
The Waldorf curriculum is diverse and well rounded, exposing children to a wide variety, challenging them to go out of their comfort zone. Students develop an understanding and respect for the various cultures of the world through their experience in the classroom and in the celebration of seasonal festivals of the year.
Drawing on many traditions, we celebrate our common humanity, not our separateness in belief or practice.
Now, more than ever, it is necessary to embrace that idea and expand its boundaries to include the spectrum of rapidly growing demands that will meet our school’s students when they move into the larger world.
Specifically, the following categories reflect the ways in which Blue Oak retains the conceptual vision of Waldorf Education while evolving toward the demands of the 21st-century student:
Multiple Literacies: Literacy empowers students with the ability to read, write, listen, and articulate in compelling ways. At Blue Oak, literacy goes beyond the traditional meaning to also include the development of children who are mathematically competent, scientifically adept, and empowered in the upper grades for technological aptitude.
Creativity and Innovation: Creative and imaginative thinking empowers students with the ability to think unconventionally, to question assumptions, and to imagine new scenarios. Imaginative thinkers craft astonishing work because they recognize their creative capacities and celebrate them through a variety of artistic mediums. They also act on opportunities for growth and show willingness to take reasonable risk.
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: Critical thinking and sound decision-making empowers students with the ability to assess the credibility, accuracy, and value of the information that barrages them every day. Students with highly developed skills in this area analyze and evaluate information while still honoring intuitive capacities. They think through solutions and alternatives and explore new options if approaches don’t work. This often entails working well with diverse populations to make reasoned, ethical decisions and take purposeful action.
Responsibility and Habits of Mind: A strong sense of responsibility empowers students with the ability to be vital, disciplined, and hard-working individuals. Responsible students take initiative, self-regulate, and are fully accountable for their own actions. They honor their capacities for reason and resourcefulness with an ability to follow through on commitments and honor their word.
Lifelong Learning: The qualities listed above culminate in an enthusiastic lifelong learner. We envision the 21st century student to be joyful, confident, self- motivated, aware, inquisitive, resourceful, and persistent people who can thrive in an ever-changing world.