Outdoor Play Foundational for Science Education

CLWS students playing outdoors, climbing trees, splashing in the lake, and filling buckets with sand.

New research highlights the foundational role that nature-based play has in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education. “We often associate early childhood STEM education with things like magnifying glasses and tutorials in the experimental method. But the links between …

A Child-Centered Education, Where Kids Feel “Seen”

Kindergarten Teacher Carlos Rodriguez plays with one of his young students, who is smiling gleefully

One of the best scientific predictors for how a child turns out, in terms of happiness, academic success, and meaningful relationships, is whether adults in their life consistently show up for them. At City of Lakes Waldorf School, our teachers …

Stanford: Why Waldorf Math Works

A 6th grade student uses colored pencils to color in an intricate geometric pattern

An in-depth study by Stanford University of the Waldorf educational method in place at a public school in Sacramento, CA found that those students outperformed their peers in other public schools in their district in math, with the most gains …

In Celebration of Lauri Pierce

Lauri Pierce joyfully engages her 8th grade students during a lesson in anatomy

Dear Community, Our hearts are full and heavy this week, with the news that our esteemed colleague and friend, Lauri Pierce, made her transition on Wednesday, August 24, just as an extraordinary late summer sunset lit the sky with color. …

2022-23 Staffing Update

Dear CLWS Community, Greetings on this Juneteenth holiday. We trust that you are settling into a nice summer rhythm and enjoying the long June days. We hope that you have had some time yesterday and today to commemorate Juneteenth in …

Alumni Spotlight: Bella Culhane (CLWS ’09)

Beautiful textile work by CLWS Alumna Bella Culhane

By Eva Mulloy (CLWS ’10), Alumni Coordinator Bella Culhane graduated from CLWS in 2009. She’s a Minnesota-based artist whose skills are solidly rooted in her time at our school. She has a following of over 12,000 people from around the …

2022 Pentathlon Reflections

All of the 5th grade students stand on the bluff, overlooking the valley. They're wearing their rainbow-colored Pentathlon shirts, and smiling big smiles -- their final hike of the trip before heading home.

By Jason Burnstein, Movement and Circus Arts Teacher This year’s Pentathlon was like no other. First of all, it was held at the magnificent Whitewater State Park rather than being held locally (as we have done the past two years …

Water Talks: A Lecture with Betsy Damon

World renowned artist, consultant, activist, lecturer, mentor and designer, Betsy Damon will visit City of Lakes Waldorf School and will offer a free public lecture on June 1. Damon’s recent book, Water Talks, Empowering Communities to Know, Store and Preserve …

Play Yard Renovation Project

This summer City of Lakes Waldorf School will make a major renovation to the school play yard on our Whittier Campus. The vision for an expanded green space and redesigned play areas has been many years in the making. The …