Thank you for considering City Garden Grade School as an option for your family. Open enrollment for first grade begins on December 1st of the year before attending. Open enrollment for second through fifth grade begins each year on February 1st. All enrollment ends on August 1st unless we are not filled. We invite you to come to any of our open houses to experience Waldorf education and learn more about our school. Our open houses provide a wonderful opportunity to meet our staff, visit our classrooms, see student work, and familiarize yourself with our educational philosophy.

Enrollment Process

1) Attend an open house to learn about City Garden Grade School. If you are unable to make an open house, call for a personal tour. 2) If you are interested in Waldorf education and want to learn more, we ask that you come to observe in our classrooms one morning. These observations are set up with our teachers. 3) Complete The City Garden Grade School Application. Submit the completed application along with the $50.00 nonrefundable application fee (or $75.00 if after March 1st). You may download an application here and mail it to City Garden School, c/o Calvary Episcopal Church, 123 S. 9th St, Columbia, MO 65201. City Garden Grade School wants all children to have access to our programs. We give scholarships each year to families who need them. Download and complete a scholarship application and turn it in by March 1st if you’d like to be eligible for this aid. 4) Upon receipt of the completed application, application fee, and all other requested documentation, a teacher will contact you to schedule a meeting. After this, it may be appropriate for the child to attend our school for a morning. 5) Upon receiving notification of acceptance, you will receive a tuition contract. Signed tuition contract and materials fees of $225 are due upon acceptance of enrollment. New student packets and Parent Handbooks are sent out over the summer. City Garden Grade School is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, ability, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, nationality or ethnic origin.

First Grade Readiness

City Garden Grade School will accept incoming first graders who turn 6 years old before May 1st of the year they enroll. New student placement in grades 2-5 will be considered on a case-by-case basis in the best interest of the child. One of the primary goals of Waldorf education is to honor the development of each child. In order to do so, teachers work from the understanding of child development taught by Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Waldorf Education. For first grade readiness, we are similar to many European models of education in that we do not begin formal, teacher-led instruction until the child is in his/her 7th year. Much new research demonstrates that children who begin school later benefit academically, socially, and emotionally. If you are interested in this topic, the links below offer discussion. An introduction to first grade readiness from a Waldorf perspective: Determining a Child’s Readiness for First Grade A call to later start dates for formal schooling in England: School starting age: the evidence, University of Cambridge The importance of play in early education and readiness for formal schooling: Let the Kids Learn Through Play, The New York Times


“When I drop my daughter off each day, I feel confident she is in a place where instructors not only care about her educational well-being, but also emotional well-being…and that is such an important precursor to learning. I see a sincerity in the instructors that makes me feel like I am leaving my child with family, and that is a great feeling.”
—City Garden Dad
Our tuition for the 2019-2020 school year is a multi-tiered model that allows families to choose a monthly tuition rate that has a corresponding volunteer hour requirement (the tiers are shown below). This model is reflective of the fact that City Garden School is in its infancy, and therefore relies on strong parent involvement. These three tiers are based on a 10 month year: $650/month ($6,500/annually) plus 10 hours of volunteer work per month $760/month ($7,600/annually) plus 5 hours of volunteer work per month $860/month ($8,600/annually) with no contractual volunteer hours Volunteer hours can be completed each month or during the summer. We have multiple committees for parents to choose how they’d like to complete their hours. These hours contribute to a thriving school community and can be great fun! Each family also pays a Materials Fee, which is due prior to the start of the school year. The Materials Fee is $225 for the first child in a family and $200 for each additional child.

Homeschool Enrichment Tuition

Two days a week: $360/month ($3,600/annually) Three days a week: $450/month ($4,500/annually) There is also a one time materials fee of $100 for the year. This will help purchase Main Lesson books, crayons, colored pencils, recorders, flutes, knitting needles, and other classroom needs.