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.

Redefining Education

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Updated Return to Learn Plan 2022-2023

2021/2022 UPDATE

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

Return to Learn FAQs

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.

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: 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
F: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Gates open at 7:50 am
Doors open at 7:55 am

School Office Hours

M-T: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
F: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm


615 Community Way
Grand Junction, 81506

Phone, Fax, & Email

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

Before and After Care: (970) 852-4402

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”.


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.