Beginning in the 2021-2022 school year, Cedar Springs will be offering a new program, The Cedar Springs Private Education Association (PEA). This program is open to more families than CSWS has been able to serve in the past as a private school but will be very similar to what CSWS has provided to families for the past 31 years, including:
- Providing education based on the teachings of Rudolf Steiner
- Full-day program held on the CSWS campus
- Dedicated, trained teachers
- Aligned with CSWS vision, mission, and values
- Continued commitment to community life through participation in festivals, parent education, community events, work parties, etc.
what is a private education association?
A PEA is a private member association for the purpose of education that establishes its own operating guidelines and is not under the jurisdiction of the state, local, and federal government’s laws and regulations.
- Membership is voluntary and services are not open to the public (only to private members)
- The PEA model will allow Cedar Springs to serve a broader demographic this fall and into the future while staying aligned with our original mission, vision, and values
frequently asked questions
What is the difference between the Private School and the Private Education Association (PEA)?
Students enrolling in the CSWS private school program will need to meet all eligibility requirements to attend school pursuant to California State Law. The purpose of the PEA is to provide an education led by the teachings of Rudolf Steiner that can include a larger demographic of our community.
Will these programs include in-person instruction?
The intent for both programs is to provide in-person instruction with standard hygiene, cleaning, and safety protocols. For the Rose Kindergarten private school program, we will continue to maintain the health, hygiene, cleaning, and safety protocols and practices as we are currently practicing and will keep prospective families continually updated on any new requirements.
Why the change?
Based on the data gathered from our Enrollment Interest Survey, enrollment interest from the CSWS website, and conversations with families (returning and prospective), a vast majority were interested in an alternative to a Private School this Fall. The primary reason given was school ineligibility. In the Rising First Grade, for example, only four families requested the private school option, while 14 requested alternative options, making it the most feasible for serving our families this Fall. The data for the other grades favored alternatives to private as well. Since enrollment has been a continuous challenge as a private school, the PEA allows higher enrollment potential by adjusting to meet the needs of our families.
Where can I learn more about Private Membership Organizations?