The History of Live Oak Waldorf School

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In early 1977, a group of interested parents and community members met to study alternative directions in education. Out of these discussions grew the decision to create a Waldorf School, and in August of 1977 the Articles of Incorporation were signed. Our first home was in St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Auburn, and we opened that September with nine children. Our second year brought a kindergarten, first grade, and the first Annual Holiday Faire which was held at the Auburn Recreation Park.

By spring of 1982, the school included kindergarten through third grade and was located in the Dewitt Center in Auburn. During the next four years, as our school community grew, we divided and re-divided our space to meet our increasing needs. For several summers, parents worked diligently to create new classrooms within the existing walls of the Dewitt Center, transforming stark, institutional rooms into warm, embracing spaces. Meanwhile, the Permanent Site Committee searched for the perfect home for our school.

Their labors of love and patience bore fruit in February 1986 with the purchase of our 40-acre site in Meadow Vista; a landscape encompassing fertile grounds, wetlands, and Mt. Catherine. The school was dedicated and trees were planted in April. Over the summer, the air was filled with the sounds of crowbar, hammer, and saw as the existing buildings and grounds were shaped to our needs. That fall we opened with kindergarten through sixth grade. A new classroom was added in the summer of 1990, and the roof, the decks, and the assembly room were improved in the summer of 1991. In exchange for leasing a small portion of land at the foot of Mt. Catherine for a cellular relay tower, the expanded parking lot was completed in 1992. In the summer of 1993, improvements were made to the kindergarten building, while remodeling created a new eighth grade classroom, and a modular building was placed above the amphitheater to give us meeting rooms and storage.

As Live Oak has grown and changed over the years, so has our campus. Today our school has created beautiful rooms and dedicated spaces for all of our programs, including our Parent and Child Program, KinderVillage, Preschool and Nursery, Grades One through Eight, an assembly room, music room, woodshop, handwork room, Continuing Care rooms, our Children's Store, plus an abundance of outdoor playgrounds, gardens, and hiking trails through the woods of Mount Catherine.


Live Oak has been a full member of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) since 1989.