Admissions & Enrollment

Juniper Ridge Community School is a charter public school guided by the core principles of public Waldorf education. We are tuition-free and do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or disability. JRCS is open to all students in Mesa County. There is no admission test to get into Juniper Ridge Community School.

Come on in! We want to show you our school and the great things happening! 

Prospective Parents

As a school of choice with unique offerings and high expectations, it is important that you are well informed prior to applying. An important piece to the program at JRCS is engaging the family to participate and be an extension of the learning in the classroom. Because of this unique approach, families interested in enrolling their child at JRCS are asked to observe the following process:

  • Become familiar with the Waldorf developmental and artistic approach to education by reviewing this website and checking out these additional articles and resources: About Public Waldorf Education
  • Make sure children meet the age requirements for Kindergarten and First Grade:
    • Kindergarten: Children must be 5 by August 31, 2021
    • First Grade: Children must be 6 by August 31, 2021
  • Attend a mandatory Enrollment Tour. Enrollment Tours are available for adults twice a month throughout the school year. During your visit, you will learn about the curriculum and teaching methods, see the campus, and have the opportunity to ask questions. Please call our office at (970) 986-8219 for a schedule of tours and to RSVP.


Enrollment for Kindergarten

  • Open Enrollment Begins: 8:00 am on February 1, 2021
  • Open Enrollment Ends: 4:00 pm on March 31, 2021
  • Child must be 5 by August 31, 2021 to be eligible for Kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year

A lottery will be held on April 5, 2021 at 9:00 am and is open to the public. Any students not given a spot will be placed on a waiting list in the order their name is drawn in the lottery. In the event that your child is put on the wait list, you will be contacted by telephone when a position becomes available. Once offered, you will have 24 hours to accept the position.

After this date, all received applications will be on a first come, first served basis. If you spots are available, students placed on a waiting list for the following year.


Enrollment for grades 1-8

Students are placed on a waiting list based on the date and time a completed application packet is received. Starting on March 8, 2021, we will begin filling open positions.  Enrollment continues, pulling students from the waiting list as long as we have open positions. 

Applications are accepted throughout the year and students will be placed on the waitlist based on the date and time they are received.

When a position becomes available, you will be contacted via phone and will have 24 hours to accept the position.

Enrollment for the 20210-2022 school year will close September 25, 2021. Applications recevied after that date will be place on a wait list for enrollment the following year.
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.