In all of its actions Berkeley Rose strives to:

Respect and protect childhood

Our teacher’s expectations are developmentally appropriate and expressed lovingly and firmly, our children feel a safe framework around them within which they can act freely.

Support and foster all aspects of each child

Waldorf education nurtures the skills and capacities that are always emerging within the child.

Raise individuals who are citizens of the world

Qualities such as developing an interest for the world, intellectual thinking, artistic sensibility, manual skills, social ability, and strength of will are the best prerequisites to meet the challenges of an ever more globalized world, which relies on the abilities of each individual human being.

Meet children developmentally

Waldorf teachers have extensive studies in child development, which allows them to provide age appropriate curriculum while challenging and respecting every child’s individual journey.

Nurture each child's unique capacities

Children have very different capacities at different ages, and our curriculum is tailored to meet students “where they are.”

As a community, Berkeley Rose offers an environment in which communication is transparent, compassionate, and open, and where diversity of all kinds is supported, celebrated, and woven into the curriculum.

It is a school that is inclusive, judgment-free, and integrates the arts in all academic disciplines for children from preschool onwards to enhance and enrich learning.

We cultivate clarity of thinking, compassion, moral strength, and purposeful action in our students and ourselves.

Community

At Berkeley Rose Waldorf School we are committed to building a strong and supportive community. Join us in cultivating an educational institution that imbues the children with a lifelong love of learning and the ability to navigate and influence their world with integrity and ingenuity.

“Berkeley Rose has become a landing place for my child…and has provided my child a beautiful environment, calm, structure and loving guidance.  The rhythm of the day grounds him; his sense of community and connection to others feeds him.  He has come alive with stories of Ancient Egypt …and loves how math concepts are unpacked and explored.  He has welcomed the challenges of Waldorf curriculum that are new to him and his biggest love, handwork, is a constant challenge and joy for him.”

— Cory W
Class of 2023 parent

“My partner and I toured Berkeley Rose School a year ago. We were able to observe several classrooms. In every class every teacher and every child was deeply engaged in the most amazing work. Our daughter is now completing her first magical year of kindergarten there. She learned to count through jumping rope. She knits, climbs trees, does carpentry and has developed deft social skills. Her love of learning is robust and intact, setting the stage for a life of wonderment, love, inspired study and achievement. We are so looking forward to many wonderful years in the Berkeley Rose community.”

— James J
Parent of Kindergarten student

“My partner and I toured Berkeley Rose School a year ago. We were able to observe several classrooms. In every class every teacher and every child was deeply engaged in the most amazing work. Our daughter is now completing her first magical year of kindergarten there. She learned to count through jumping rope. She knits, climbs trees, does carpentry and has developed deft social skills. Her love of learning is robust and intact, setting the stage for a life of wonderment, love, inspired study and achievement. We are so looking forward to many wonderful years in the Berkeley Rose community.”

— James J
Parent of Kindergarten student

It is a fundamental goal of our school and Waldorf education to bring students to an understanding and experience of our common humanity. Working within a multicultural curriculum, our faculty strive to reflect the diversity of our world in the classroom. This includes drawing upon the lived experiences and histories of the students in the class, as well as introducing practices, people, places, and ideas that may be less familiar.

As educators, we are committed to identifying, acknowledging, and unpacking our own biases. We strive to grapple with and overcome prejudice in all its forms. Our faculty work to cultivate a space of respect and provide a supportive and nourishing educational environment for all our students. As part of our commitment to inclusion, diversity, and equity, the school has formed the Waldorf Inclusion Diversity Equity Committee (WIDE). The goal of this committee is to support diversity, equity, and inclusion at every level of our communal life as a school. The WIDE Committee is open to all, and its leadership has faculty, board, and parent representation.

Waldorf education began as a single school over 100 years ago in Germany and has grown to more than 1,000 schools in over 70 countries. While the pedagogy evolved from the founder Rudolf Steiner’s writings, we, as a school, expressly reject and oppose Steiner’s early depictions of religious and racial hierarchy. Berkeley Rose Waldorf School is a member of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) and we stand together with the organization in upholding the critical importance of diversity, equity and inclusion and denouncing all statements or indications made by Rudolf Steiner that contradict those values. AWSNA’s Statement of Inclusion and Equity is as follows,

The Association of Waldorf Schools of North America recognizes the historic and ongoing impact of racism on our continent and the injustice and discrimination faced by Black, Indigenous and People of Color. We understand that inclusivity and equity is a journey of both moral and educational imperative. As such, we take seriously our responsibility to bear witness to what is happening in the world, to center the voices of color in racial justice work, to change the course of inequities, and to identify and break down structural racism in all forms where it exists, particularly in Waldorf education.

Waldorf education espouses principles of respect for human dignity. Any narratives or indications made by Rudolf Steiner that are in contradiction to these principles are not the basis for Waldorf education and we unequivocally denounce such statements.

We know that we have far to go as an association and as individuals in our understanding of racial oppression and social justice. Advancing the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) is one of the compelling forces behind AWSNA’s strategic priorities. These priorities make equity and inclusion central to our work and aim to bring us closer to the world that we want for our youth.

The Waldorf School movement is not part of any religious institution. Admission to the Berkeley Rose Waldorf School is open to everyone, without regard to race, gender, sexuality, religion, national origin, or ethnicity. We acknowledge that as a private institution, there are barriers that can prevent families from accessing our school. Our goal is to work with families to make the school accessible; over half of families at Berkeley Rose receive some level of financial aid. With an eye on social and cultural obstacles, through investigation, action and outreach, we hope to continually grow our school to reflect and integrate with our greater community.

Faculty members at the Berkeley Rose Waldorf School are gifted teachers who have dedicated themselves to working closely with students in and out of the classroom.

Early Childhood Teachers

Parent-Child Teacher

Theresa Catlin

Parent-Child Teacher

Jaliah Osha

Rosebud Nursery Lead Teacher

Rosebud Nursery Assistant Teacher

Marigold Nursery Lead Teacher

Marigold Nursery Assistant & After School Teacher

Victoria Klocek

Dandelion Kindergarten Lead Teacher

Sunflower Kindergarten Lead Teacher

Kindergarten Assistant Teacher

Grades Teachers

First Grade Teacher

Second Grade Teacher

Third Grade Teacher

Fourth Grade Teacher

Fifth Grade Teacher

Sixth Grade Teacher

Seventh Grade Teacher

Eighth Grade Teacher

Grades Specialty Teachers

Faculty Chair & Eurythmy Teacher

Middle School Math Teacher

Middle School Games Teacher

Middle School Woodworking Teacher

Administration 

School Director

Faculty Chair & Eurythmy Teacher

Finance Chair

Enrollment Coordinator

Outreach Coordinator

Information Specialist

Board of Directors

Board President

Board Vice President

Board Treasurer

Board Secretary

School Director

Faculty Chair

Finance Chair

Grandparent

Parent

Parent

Berkeley Rose Waldorf School was founded in 2009 by parents and early childhood Waldorf teacher Anita Rosasco. It opened its doors in a historic-landmark private home on Rose and Arch streets in Berkeley. The school’s rose logo comes from a tile in the home’s fireplace! Berkeley Rose has since moved, finding its current early childhood and grades campus in central Berkeley and establishing an urban East Bay presence for Waldorf education.

The school has been made possible by hardworking, pioneering parents and teachers who have worked with joy, vision, and dedication to the mission of bringing an independent school inspired by Waldorf education to the Berkeley-Oakland-Emeryville area. The school is deeply grateful to all the educators, parents, and financial supporters past and present who continue to help Berkeley Rose grow and prosper.

Ohlone Land

We acknowledge that our school sits on the ancestral homelands of the Chochenyo Ohlone people, who stewarded this place sustainably for thousands of years and who continue to inhabit the Bay Area. What we call Berkeley is known as xučyun in Chochenyo, the native language of the Eastern shores of San Francisco Bay.Our school campus is located just a few minutes walk from mak-‘amham, an Ohlone Cafe and community space where, until recently, peoples of all ancestries were welcomed to learn more about the indigenous culture and language of the East Bay. Mak-‘amham closed for COVID but we encourage you to join their mailing list as they have new plans formulating and are a wealth of connection to Chochenyo Ohlone culture.

The Ohlone persevere in their steadfast efforts to protect sacred sites and revitalize their cultural practices and language. Recently, the West Berkeley Shellmound and Village site at 1900 Fourth Street—just 3 miles from our campus—was placed on the 2020 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. We honor the wisdom, resilience, and perseverance of the Ohlone people, and recognize their sacred and historic relationship to this part of the Earth.

 

Berkeley Rose is an Associate Member of AWSNA

Berkeley Rose Waldorf School (BRWS) is accredited by the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) as an Associate member.

The teachings and philosophy take a complete approach to learning—“head, heart, and hands”—and address each child as an individual with innate talents and abilities.

The vision for Berkeley Rose has always been to offer children a school that can be their home from preschool through 8th grade—to build a school that provides community for families for a decade or more as their children move through the grades.

Berkeley Rose seeks a diverse community, welcoming students of any race, religion, ethnic, and financial background. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, national, or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational or admissions programs and policies. The school is a nonprofit 501(c)(3).

Association of Waldorf Schools of North America Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America EBISA logo

BRWS is a proud member of these associations