Beginning in the 2021-2022 school year, a new program, the Cedar Springs Private Education Association (PEA) is available. 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?
We recommend visiting PMA Power to learn more.
Why did we choose the PEA structure?
Private associations provide a legally and financially feasible opportunity to serve a greater demographic of our community. Due to low enrollment interest and eligibility in the private school program, CSWS was unable to open the grades program for the 2021/22 academic year.
How will CSWS and CSPEA’s missions/values be aligned?
CSWS and CSPEA’s mission, vision and values will be the same. Our intent is to provide an integrated program for all.
In what ways will the CSPEA be similar to CSWS?
Both programs will be very similar including providing:
- Full-day programs with dedicated Waldorf teachers
- Continued commitment to community for both students and parents, such as: festivals, parent education, community events and campus work parties
What does “Faith Based Organization” mean and why is the PEA an FBO?
A FBO is an organization whose values are based on faith and/or strongly-held beliefs. FBOs share their faith or beliefs with those that they serve as a part of their overall mission. In our case, Cedar Springs PEA has a strongly-held belief that every human being is a spiritual being. Our members work with anthroposophy, a philosophy founded by Rudolf Steiner which focuses on the whole individual, and humanity's future evolution and well-being, from which Waldorf education emerged.
Why does Cedar Springs Waldorf School (CSWS) still hold one private kindergarten class?
Continuing to operate as a private school during the 2021/22 academic school year allows time to thoroughly plan and evaluate new opportunities while continuing our normal operations for our beloved Rose Kindergarten.
Will masks be required?
Choices regarding mask wearing will be respected. If a parent requests that their child wear a mask, teachers and staff will support this decision with kindness and respect.
When will I find out if a class will open for my child’s grade?
Available grades will be determined in the coming weeks based on enrollment interest.
How do you anticipate being ready by September?
The Board of Trustees and Leadership Team are steadfastly working to ensure the necessary hiring and preparation is completed in the coming weeks and months to support reopening. The first days are scheduled for Wednesday, September 8 for Grades and Thursday, September 9 for Kindergarten. Our reopening will require a community effort of spreading the word to interested families, helping at work parties, families completing the necessary paperwork on time and other preparations. We are looking forward to reopening Cedar Springs together as a community.
Can I spread the word to families I know who are interested in Waldorf?
Yes, please! Direct them to our enrollment interest form on the Admissions Page of our website: cedarspringswaldorf.org
Will tuition assistance be available?
Cedar Springs is committed to the philosophical and financial benefits of our Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). Refinements are being made to make TAP more equitable and assure the sustainability of the PEA into the future.
What is the relationship between CSWS and the CSPEA?
The two organizations are separate legal entities, but all members of leadership will continue to work collaboratively to serve our community.
Will the CSPEA hire a Pedagogical Chair/Administrator?
Yes, a part-time Pedagogical Administrator has been hired and is starting this Spring.
Will my child be required to receive vaccines to attend CSPEA?
The CSPEA is committed to medical freedom and will not require any member to receive a vaccine or COVID-19 shot.
Can I use my homeschool charter vouchers to help pay for tuition?
No. Because the Cedar Springs PEA is a private association, all members agree to conduct business within the private domain as a condition of membership. Conducting business with a homeschool charter would take the business out of the private domain and into the public domain, which would compromise our freedom to provide an education to the children in our community.
Can we enroll in a homeschool charter in addition to enrolling in the CSPEA?
Although the CSPEA is dedicated to educating children, it is an education association, not a school that operates under the jurisdiction of any government agency. CSPEA members are not required to, but may enroll in a homeschool charter for extra-curricular activities if they choose. For those who are interested in this option, here are a few links to some of the local homeschool charters that serve El Dorado County: