Juniper Ridge Community School

Juniper Ridge Community School is a K-8, tuition-free D51 Charter Public School
guided by the core principles of Public Waldorf Education.

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Redefining Education

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Please review the JRCS Return to Learn Plan for how we plan to
safely reopen schoolfor the 2020-2021 school year.

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JRCS Apple Fundraiser

CAMEO APPLES FOR SALE TODAY! We still have apples!!! We will be selling Cameo apples today at the end of school from 3:00 to 3:45 pm in the east parking lot. They are $26.00 for an 18lb box and all proceeds go to JRCS! HISTORY OF CAMEO APPLES Cameo apples originate...

Join us for the 2020 JRCS Walk-a-Thon!

  Join us for the 2020 JRCS Walk-a-Thon! One of our most enjoyable events of the school year is our annual Walk-a-thon. Students and supporters of Juniper Ridge Community School join together to enjoy a beautiful walk and to raise funds to help support our...

Explore the Grades at JRCS

Within the framework of Waldorf-methods Education, the Kindergarten is structured to provide a gradual transition from the life of the home to the life of the elementary classroom. It is based upon the simple, yet profound concepts of imitation, repetition, and creative play.  [ …read more ]

With the Waldorf method of instruction, the class teacher involves the children in writing, reading, recitation, dramatic acting, painting, drawing, and movement. The teacher follows a rhythm, day to day, which begins with a  review of the previous day’s material, further development of the subject matter and then introduction of new material. Though looping, the class teacher works with each child through a multi-year relationship, where the teacher is able to draw out the child’s strengths and focus more consistently and intensively in the weaker areas.

In the grades, we teach the core subjects in a rotation of main lesson blocks in which the children discover and delight in one topic for a 2 hour period each morning over 4-6 weeks.  This rhythm allows the students from grades 1-8 time and opportunity to penetrate each subject thoroughly and with a purpose, whether it be history, biology, mathematics, geography or literature.

Specific grade curriculum can be found by clicking below:

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

Middle school students are ready to be enthusiastic critical thinkers, observing the world around them and drawing their own conclusions.

We help these young adolescents expand on the knowledge from intermediate school and relate that knowledge to their own lives and their community.  All this is done while maintaining their creativity and encouraging continued mind, body and ethical development.

In these grades the practical and theoretical come together as our responsible young adults work with each other, their teachers and their school.

Our middle school students are also encouraged to be leaders, collaborators and critical thinkers and are given many opportunities to help younger students, create and run essential programs for the school and community organizations.

Specific grade curriculum can be found by clicking below:

6 | 7 | 8

Starting in first grade, students take Specialty Subjects that enrich their education. These classes include music, language, handwork, games, gardening, and woodwork.

More information about these classes can be found HERE.


A Look at Waldorf in the Public Sector Using Online Sources

8th Grade Waldorf Charter school students score higher in reading and math than district students.

School Bell Schedule

M-T: 8:10 am – 3:15 pm
F: 8:10 am – 12:20 pm

* Fridays will be remote for the 2020-2021 school year

School Office Hours

M-F: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm


615 Community Way
Grand Junction, 81506

Phone, Fax, & Email

P: (970) 986-8219
F: (970) 986-8223

Our Head of School

“We are thankful and honored to be given the opportuniy to teach your children”. Kathleen Mumaw

Head of School

Number of countries with Waldorf schools

Number of Waldorf schools worldwide


Waldorf graduates attend college


More Waldorf graduates study science and math than the general population




What Parents are Saying

“Juniper Ridge is truly better than I could have ever wished for. The educational philosophy fit very well not only with current research on child development, but with my instincts.” Earon Maneotis


“I’m so grateful for this school in that we offer an engaged, interactive, and physically, emotionally, and
intellectually challenging curriculum. These students are so lucky!” Heath Scott


“Juniper Ridge Community School has provided me the unique opportunity to try new and interesting alternative method of learning that has turned out better than I could have imagined”. Patrick


Juniper Ridge Community School

615 Community Lane

Grand Junction, CO 81506

(970) 986-8219

Juniper Ridge Community School is a proud member of the Alliance for Public Waldorf Education.