CURRICULUM

Woodhaven School’s curriculum is inspired by the elements of Waldorf education and reflects the sense of wonder and reverence that children experience in the natural world. The classroom is a soothing, home-like environment where children experience oral storytelling, puppet play, drama, songs, natural toys, and wholesome food. We are a media-free school. Our program emphasizes humanitarian values, inclusion, representation and environmental awareness. Children observe and exercise their own imagination and creativity through art, music, dramatic play, and hands-on exploration of simple toys, natural objects and outdoor play. Woodhaven curriculum emphasizes child choice, rather than highly-structured, teacher-directed lessons, as well as appreciating the differences we all have.

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Ages 3 - 6

Our preschool classes are a gentle introduction to the daily routines of school life. For many children, preschool is the first significant time spent away from their parents/caregiver. A teacher, aide, family teacher, and a comfortable environment make the children feel at ease. Everyone works together to facilitate a magical environment where creative, child-driven play is encouraged. Each preschool class has space for 12 students. 

Woodhaven offers two preschool classes: 

Rosebuds: Tuesdays & Thursdays; 9 am – 1 pm
Sunflowers: Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays;  9 am - 1 pm

Our curriculum centers on seasonal changes and observations of the natural world. Seasonal themes guide daily activities and songs, storytelling, and puppets are used to spark young imaginations. 

 

Woodhaven children spend about half of each school day outdoors, regardless of the weather. Our outdoor classroom is in the woods, where children experience a combination of free play and facilitated activities such as nature walks, games, bug hunts, bird watching and plant identification. A portion of our outdoor space is a garden, maintained by the children and the parent gardening coordinator. The Sunflower class spends the entire school day outdoors on Wednesday (or ‘Woods-day Wednesday’ as we lovingly call it). Learning outdoors helps develop the children’s sense of wonder for nature. They learn to question their world, make observations, and seek understanding.

 

Admissions Process 

  1. Fill out the "Apply Today" Form, and we will reach out to set up a time to speak with someone from our enrollment team.

  2. Take a tour or attend an Open House at Woodhaven! You will meet with our Lead Teacher, Ms. Nicole and a currently enrolled family. They will walk you through our indoor classroom as well as our outdoor spaces. Come ready to ask questions!

  3. Complete Enrollment. After your visit, if you’d like to continue with the enrollment process, then we will schedule a family interview.  Upon deciding that Woodhaven and the cooperative model is a good fit for your family and our school, you will be invited to complete an online registration form and pay a non-refundable enrollment fee, which covers insurance, snacks, crafts supplies, etc. The enrollment fee is $200 for the Rosebud class and $250 for the Sunflower class. In addition, your first tuition payment is non-refundable and due in August.

 

Open enrollment is held in January each year for the following school year. Due to a limited number of spaces available, we are not able to offer a spot to every family that completes our registration. Priority is given to siblings of current students and alumni families, followed by those families who have completed the online registration. Once we receive the completed online registration form, enrollment fee and first tuition payment, we will contact you to confirm your child's placement on our roster.

A Note About our Selection Process:


As a parent-driven cooperative, Woodhaven relies heavily on our families to eagerly and fully participate in our community. Parents/Caregivers are responsible for regularly assisting in their child’s classroom as well as holding an ongoing job that is essential in running our school. Fundraising for our school is also very important. We fundraise as a community and have many platforms to help us meet our yearly fundraising goals for our school. In partnership with our Teacher, we create a thriving learning community. Please keep in mind that when filling spaces in our classes, we consider families’ interests, talents and skills as well as enthusiasm for our program. We also strive to create and keep a cohesive balance in our classes.

Come experience the simplified rhythm of our Waldorf inspired, nature based preschool program!

 

Caregivers and children enjoy snack, learn seasonal circle songs and rhymes, hear stories and play in our peaceful, nurturing classroom. We go outside no matter the weather to explore our beautiful woods and facilitate the children’s innate connection to the wonders of the natural world. Each Sweet Peas class has space for eight children and their caregivers. 

 

To join one of our family & child classes, complete the "Apply Today" form. There are no fees to be on the list. Once you’ve submitted the form, you’ll be contacted by our Registrar. 

2022/2023 Class Dates:

All classes are Tuesdays from 2-4pm.

  • Fall: September 27th - November 15th

  • Winter: January 17th - March 14th

  • Spring: April 4th - May 23rd 

Our school year runs September - May

 

We follow the Beaverton Public School District calendar for holidays, snow closures, delayed starts due to weather conditions for example, and teacher planning days.

 

Families have the option to pay the whole year’s tuition in one payment by August 1st to receive a 3% discount or pay 9 monthly payments August thru May. 

Sweet Pea Family & Child Class (birth - age 3 with caregiver):

Held weekly on Tuesday from 2-3pm: $200 per 8-week session + $50 non-refundable materials fee. The total of $250 tuition is due upon registration. There are three 8-week Sweet Pea sessions (Fall, Winter, and Spring) for the school year.

 

Preschool (ages 3 – 5):

  • Rosebuds: Held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 am – 1 pm: $2750 annual tuition (or a payment option of $305.55 per month for 9 months, with the non-refundable first month collected before the start of the school year); $200 non-refundable enrollment fee.

  • Sunflowers: Held Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 am – 1 pm: $4050 annual tuition (or a payment option of $450 per month for 9 months with the non-refundable first month collected before the start of the school year); $250 non-refundable enrollment fee.

We offer a discount for families with more than one child enrolled in the same school year. Please note that Woodhaven reserves the right to raise tuition from year to year to cover increased operating expenses.

Families experiencing an unexpected hardship are encouraged to apply for temporary assistance through Woodhaven School's Scholarship Program. For more information, please email Scholarships@WoodhavenSchool.com