About Us

“Every afternoon at the end of the school day, my child is happy and excited, satisfied and enriched by the day’s activities. The depth of personal attention and skill that the teachers bring to the classroom follows us home each day.” —City Garden Parent

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children playing holding hands in circle


City Garden School educates children’s hands, hearts, and minds with an intellectually rich curriculum that inspires wonder, reverence, and creativity.  We honor and nurture the development of each child, infuse art and storytelling into every subject, and use the natural world as our classroom so children may grow with a capacity for empathy and a will to improve the world.  

Outdoor Education

City Garden School emphasizes being outdoors. Our community loves being outside, but that’s not the only reason we have moved to integrated nature-based learning. We also know that connecting with nature is what’s best for children and for our world.
“An increasing body of empirical research is showing that young people—starting from our earliest learners—who have regular experiences with nature, children who bond with nature, develop critical and creative thinking skills that will help them succeed in life. We’re also learning that immersing children in nature to play and learn can result in reduced stress, improved brain development and restoration, increased social and emotional skills development, and civic engagement.”          – The Children and Nature Connection: Why It Matters by Judy Braus and Sarah Milligan-Toffler

Our Teachers & Staff

Head of School

Head Middle School Teacher

Middle School Math Teacher

5th grade teacher

4th grade teacher

3rd grade teacher

1st/2nd grade teacher

Head Kindergarten Teacher

Assistant Kindergarten Teacher

Spanish Teacher

Student Support & Friday Games Teacher

Handwork Teacher

Woodworking Teacher

Aftercare Teacher

Ali Freeman

Aftercare Teacher

Hailey Jackson

Administrative Assistant

City Garden School Board of Directors

Amie Burling -- Interim President, Secretary 

Beth Anderson -- Treasurer 

Alyssa Rodgers -- PTA Liaison

Nicole Knapp-Weber -- Teacher Representative

Morgen Sharp -- Member at Large

Abram Wilks -- Member at Large

Dan Bugnitz -- Member at Large

Brandon Vair -- Member at Large

Diversity, Inclusion and Equity

The City Garden School community is a unique and ever-evolving tapestry that weaves together people from diverse social, economic, and international backgrounds with different beliefs, identities, family structures, abilities, and life experiences. We are committed to respecting and honoring these differences in the life and activities of our school responsibly, with clarity, historical accuracy, and purpose.

We know that we have far to go as a school and as individuals in our understanding of oppression and social justice. Advancing inclusion and equity is one of the guiding forces behind our education and the way that we wish to conduct our day-to-day living. These priorities make equity and inclusion central to our work and aim to bring us closer to the world that we want for our students.

CGS aims to develop a healthy social consciousness within each student. Pedagogically, Waldorf education encourages a critical consciousness by nurturing students’ inherent curiosities, helping them develop critical reasoning skills, and promoting a consciousness that is empathetic and socially responsible. In addition to the work in the classroom, CGS parents play an important part by sharing their unique cultures and lived experiences with the school. We see the active contributions of our families as vital assets to deepening our understanding and appreciation of each other.

Honoring and exploring diversity is an essential strength to both our community and the education we offer. Students benefit from a deep and rich understanding of the world that is inclusive of all perspectives and experiences.

CGS supports the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America’s Statement of Equity and Racial Justice.

CGS also supports the City of Columbia Principles of Community.

Non-Discrimination Policy

City Garden School is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. We do not discriminate based on religion, national origin, color, race, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or physical disability in our programs and activities or in our hiring, admissions, financial aid, or scholarship practices and policies.

Indigenous Peoples Land Acknowledgement

City Garden School in Columbia, Missouri, acknowledges that we are located on the ancestral territory of the Osage and Missouri Nations. We pay our respects to their elders, past and present, as well as to the indigenous people who continue to call this land home. We recognize the enduring connection between the land and the indigenous peoples who have stewarded it for generations and honor their contributions to our community and beyond.