Why City Garden?

Why Waldorf?

“Why Waldorf?” film by Marin Waldorf School in San Rafael, CA (www.marinwaldorf.org)

From the Atlantic, Schooling the Imagination

“Waldorf schools, which began in the esoteric mind of the Austrian philosopher Rudolph Steiner, have forged a unique blend of progressive and traditional teaching methods that seem to achieve impressive results — intellectual, social, even moral.”

A beautiful film about Waldorf education around the world and how it is hope for our future

Why is City Garden completely outdoors in 20-21?

Amidst Pandemic, Waldorf Schools See Resurgence in Outdoor Learning –No matter how it is defined, one thing is consistent: the results of learning outdoors are overwhelmingly positive and include benefits for academic performance, health and well-being, and child development.

Outdoor classes and ‘forest schools’ gain new prominence amid distance learning struggles — Outdoor education may be a solution to the myriad difficulties of remote learning

5 Benefits of Outdoor EducationAn outdoor education program builds community and culture, raises expectations and standards, increases connection between students, and develops positive associations around school and the outdoors

Why do Waldorf inspired elementary schools limit the use of media and screens?

The Impact of Technology on the Developing Child from a Waldorf perspective – Waldorf Today

What Screen Time and Screen Media Do To Your Child’s Brain and Sensory Processing Ability Hands on OT Rehab

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation? Jean Twenge, The Atlantic

A Silicon Valley School That Doesn’t Compute  The New York Times

Tablets Out, Imagination In  The Guardian

Students Who Use Digital Devices in Class Perform Worse in Exams  The Guardian

A link to the study:

The Impact of Computer Usage on Academic Performance: Evidence from a Randomized Trial at the United States Military Academy  Massachusetts Institute of Technology

An Extra Hour of TV Sees A Fall in Grade Level  BBC

Computers ‘do not improve’ pupil results, says OECD  BBC

How Google Took Over the Classroom  The New York Times

Why does City Garden spend one day a week in nature?

Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv – This groundbreaking book coined the term “nature deficit disorder.” 

Another article about Richard Louv’s vision and book is Envisioning Nature Rich Cities. 

The Overprotected Kid  The Atlantic

What happened when one school banned homework – and asked kids to read and play instead?  The Washington Post

Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today  The Washington Post

It’s official: muddy kids learn best  The Guardian

Why do Waldorf inspired schools wait to teach academics until first grade?

How the New Preschool is Crushing Kids  The Atlantic

Why Kids Shouldn’t Sit Still in Class  The New York Times

Study: Behavior in kindergarten linked to adult success  CNN

Delaying kindergarten until age 7 offers key benefits to kids – study The Washington Post

Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today  The Washington Post

Stanford Researchers show we’re sending many children to school way too early  Quartz Media

Please see the links on our admissions page as well.

How do Waldorf students fair in high school, college, and beyond?

The most comprehensive study completed on Waldorf high school graduates: Standing out without Standing alone: Profile of Waldorf school graduates.

A film by the Waldorf School of the Peninsula featuring alumni discussing their education:
Waldorf Alumni Speak Out.