Breaking Ground! Shining Mountain Waldorf School Announces New High School Campus in North Boulder, Coming in 2024

Release Date: 2/2/2023


Boulder, Colorado – Shining Mountain Waldorf School (SMWS) announced this week that they will be building a new high school, designed by local firm, Sopher Sparn Architects, LLC. Construction is due to commence on their property located at Violet and Broadway in North Boulder in April 2023 and the building will be ready for occupancy in the 2023-2024 school year. The new construction is part of an overall PreK – grade 12 campus redevelopment plan.

The announcement is part of the independent school’s 40th anniversary “Brighter, Bolder Future” campaign, which includes other events throughout the year. 

According to Mary Fairfield, Shining Mountain Waldorf School Director, “The high school has been designed in alignment with the school’s commitment to sustainability, including a geothermal heating and cooling system, which will also be a teaching tool for our students.”

Shining Mountain will be inviting the Boulder community to an open house in March to view the architectural plans and to hear more about the future of Shining Mountain Waldorf School. Exclusive interviews available upon request. 

IMAGES: Architect’s renderings of the new campus available here.

About Shining Mountain Waldorf School: Shining Mountain Waldorf School is an independent Pre-K through grade 12 school located in North Boulder. We are an accredited member of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America and the Association of Colorado Independent Schools. Shining Mountain’s purpose is to unleash the capacities of young people to imagine and create a better world. 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 potential.

About Waldorf Education: Based on the education philosophy initiated by Rudolf Steiner in 1919, Waldorf education is a culturally rich, age-appropriate curriculum that educates the body, mind, and spirit of the child. Steiner intended Waldorf education to focus not only on what knowledge must be acquired to enter society, but also to awaken capacities in children that would bring new impulses into society. Since the founding of the first school, Waldorf education has become a global independent school movement with more than 1000 schools worldwide in over 60 countries.

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Shining Mountain Waldorf School

Mary Eaton Fairfield, School Director, 

Christie Acton, Marketing Director, 

999 Violet Avenue, Boulder, Colorado 80304


- 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

Shining Mountain Waldorf School Unveils New High School Campus in North Boulder: Grand Opening Event Friday, May 10, 2024