Dedicated to Teaching the Whole Child –
Head, Heart, and Hands
Urban Oak School offers programming for toddlers through elementary school.
For tuition information, please contact Admissions Coordinator Amy Marquit Renwald at (216) 571-4676 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Early Childhood Program
Urban Oak School’s Early Childhood Program serves children ages 18 months through 6 years in its Parent-Child, Nursery, and Preschool/Kindergarten programs. Inspired by the Waldorf philosophy, we trust a child’s innate capacity for learning and support this capacity with outdoor exploration, purposeful work, and imaginative and free play within a strong daily rhythm. Before the age of seven, children experience everything in their world through the impulse to imitate. Children in our Early Childhood Program find a sanctuary where they can confidently move, play and explore in a homelike environment. Experienced educators support each child’s development through a peaceful, nurturing approach.
The rhythm of the day is balanced between lively and quiet activities that reflect a child’s need for active play, meaningful social interaction, and attentive focus. Free play, songs, movement games, bread making, wholesome snack preparation and cleanup, seasonal crafts, storytelling, and puppetry weave the pattern of the day, and build strong foundations for academic excellence. The kindergarten builds the foundations for academic excellence by fostering skills such as sequencing, sensory integration, eye-hand coordination tracking, appreciation of the rhythms and beauty of language, and other basic skills. The children experience the natural world each day during outside play. In a natural, loving and creative environment, the children are given a range of activities and the structure to help them prepare for the next phase of school life.
See Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN), http://www.waldorfearlychildhood.org/wecan.php.
The Parent-Child Program serves children ages 18 months through and including 4 years. This nurturing program introduces natural rhythms into a child’s daily activities. Accompanying parents/caregivers participate in the class, providing support for the children and engaging in parallel activities related to the children’s activities. The children prepare and share a snack together, engage in circle activities, seasonal crafting, puppetry, and free play, led by an experienced early-childhood teacher. Siblings within the program age group receive a reduced rate, with infants under 18 months welcome at no cost.
The program is structured in seasonal sessions lasting between 8-12 weeks. Classes in each session meet one morning per week. Families may enroll in one or more sessions at a time (for example, both the Tuesday and Wednesday sessions for the fall). Details for current sessions are provided on the “Events” Tab, where families can register directly for the current session.
Urban Oak’s Nursery Program is designed for children ages 3 through young 4 year olds.
The Main Day runs from 8:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m:
- Three mornings per week (Monday-Wednesday)
- Four mornings per week (Monday-Thursday)
- Five mornings per week
Nursery Extended Day
Families may extend their child’s day by enrolling in Extended Day from 11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Children will share lunchtime, nap time, and play and outdoor activities:
- Three afternoons per week (Monday-Wednesday)
- Four afternoons per week (Monday-Thursday)
- Five afternoons per week
The Preschool/Kindergarten serves children who are an older 4 through age 6, from 8:15 a.m.-3:00 p.m. A three-day option is available for preschoolers (see above), while kindergartners attend five days.
Urban Oak is proud to be the first grade school in the Cleveland area to offer a curriculum inspired by the Waldorf philosophy of education. The school day runs from 8:15 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Urban Oak teachers present curriculum directly to their students through spoken and visual explanation, in a format carefully designed by each teacher to meet and inspire their students at their developmental stage. Each school day begins with an opening activity with intent to begin a new day together. The main academic portion of the school day is presented through a long and uninterrupted main lesson, focusing on one subject approached from a number of angles. The class works with the subject in-depth each morning during a main lesson block, which lasts several weeks. In this way the teacher is able to present the subject through a variety of integrated activities. The main lesson also includes a review of previous material for reinforcement. Much work is done collaboratively among the students. Textbooks are not used in the lower grades. Original sources are referenced, and students record what they learn by creating their main lesson book. Following recess, the teacher focuses the class on shorter lessons designed to aid in memory and skills learning. Afternoons are devoted to lessons in which the whole child is active: handwork, gym, music, painting, Eurythmy (artistic movement). Afternoons may also include reinforcement of previous academic lessons. The rhythm of the day is designed to avoid fatigue and promote balanced and long-term learning.
The arts and practical skills play an essential role in the grades curriculum, and are considered fundamental to human growth and development — where “the purpose of studying a subject is not to make a student into a professional mathematician, historian, artist, or biologist, but to awaken and educate capacities that every human being needs and will rely upon for life-long success.”
See Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA), www.waldorfeducation.org.
Aftercare is available for ages three (depending on a child’s readiness) through students in Grade Two. It is offered Monday through Friday, from the end of the school day at 3:00 through 5:30 p.m.
Note: Urban Oak School students enrolled in Class Three and above are eligible to attend the Ink Spot aftercare program offered by Lake Erie Ink, located right down the hallway from Urban Oak, in the Coventry Building. See http://lakeerieink.org/inkspot/.
Urban Oak School admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, faith, family structure, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, faith, family structure, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.