Create. Explore. Inspire.

Shining Mountain Waldorf School

Offering Waldorf Education in the heart of an innovative city on a beautiful campus set against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains

The new Shining Mountain High School is currently under construction and is expected to be finalized in the Spring of the 2023-2024 academic year. This achievement is a testament to the collaborative efforts of 40 years of families, faculty, professional staff, and community leaders dedicated to fostering Waldorf education in the Boulder community. This innovative facility paves the way for expanded educational opportunities to benefit our students now and in the future.

Our Programs


The Early Childhood Education program is a mixed age, play-based kindergarten where imagination and exploration create a foundation for learning in your child.


The Lower School curriculum takes your child from the early age of imagination and imitation to a rich immersion in world cultures, with academic learning embedded in an artistic context.


The Middle School curriculum builds on the foundation of strong academics and includes outdoor education experiences, community service opportunities, social/emotional learning, a practical arts program, and an inclusive athletics program where all are welcome to participate regardless of skill level.


The High School curriculum supports the development of students with their ability to move from absolute to abstract thought and reasoning. The high school pedagogy is aimed at helping each student to discover meaning and their own unique place in the world.

Our Purpose

Shining Mountain’s purpose is to unleash
the capacities of young people to imagine
and create a better world.

Our mission

Our mission is to cultivate intellectually
curious students who have a strong
sense of self, compassion for others, and
the tenacity to live to their fullest human

- Sarah Gillis, SMWS Class of 2012 and Sr. Space Operations Engineer at SpaceX

“I feel like one of the really important things that you get out of a Waldorf education is curiosity—curiosity to go and learn and explore what’s out there in the world. I fell into engineering and a path that I don’t think I would have anticipated, but having an arts background where you’re bringing creativity and imagination into problem-solving, there’s a really incredible synergy between those.”

- Sarah Gillis, SMWS Class of 2012 and Sr. Space Operations Engineer at SpaceX

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