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 the 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 meet the needs of a school. That fall we opened with kindergarten through sixth grade.
As Live Oak Waldorf School has grown and changed over the years, so has the campus. Today the school has created beautiful rooms and dedicated spaces for all of our programs. We serve children from birth through 8th grade in parent-child playgroups, preschool and kindergarten classes, elementary and middle school classes, and a homeschool program. Our campus and facilities feature an early childhood "village" of classrooms and ample outdoor play space, an outdoor kindergarten and garden "classroom", a natural amphitheater, a woodshop, handwork room, plus an abundance of outdoor playgrounds, gardens, and hiking trails through the woods on the property.