Kudos for Credo school
To anyone who has high school-age children, or will have high school-age children, I want to encourage you to consider the opportunity for them to attend Credo High School. Credo is a college prep, public charter school, inspired by Waldorf education and serving students in ninth through 12th grades.
This amazing education is now available at no charge to students. Our eldest daughter graduated from Sonoma Valley public schools which, for her, was a very positive experience. Our second daughter attended Sonoma public schools and Presentation School, but we had no experience with Waldorf Education. When it was time for Grace to decide on a high school, we wanted to look at alternatives and we found the perfect fit for her at Summerfield Waldorf High School and Farm in west Santa Rosa.
We were fortunate to be able to manage the $16,000 a year tuition and the commute for four years. We have no regrets – our daughter thrived in this community in every way.
It really is a holistic approach with a very rigorous academic curriculum, as well as offering theatre, arts, music, sustainable farming, practical arts and physical education. Beyond what they teach, the education is more about teaching how to think, dealing with the big questions and respectfully helping students discover who they are as individuals and as part of a community. We felt we had a partner in parenting.
In a many ways, her Waldorf education saved our daughter. She did very well on her SATs for college and was admitted to her first choice school (Lewis and Clark College in Portland). Since every student is different, there is no one approach right for all. It is so fortunate that families in Sonoma County now have Credo High School, a free, fully accredited program for students who will find Waldorf education a rich and nurturing alternative.
The drive to Credo from Sonoma is 35 minutes and there are several car pools with which to share transportation. Visit its website, credohigh.org, for all the details.
Jane and Peter Wellington
Boyes Hot Springs