About our School


* NOW ENROLLING FOR FALL 2016 *

* We still have limited openings in all of our programs*
Please contact us if you are interested in enrollment


City of Fountains School provides educational and community building opportunities for families in the Kansas City Metro area inspired by Waldorf education. This growing collective relies on ongoing contributions of talented individuals and a collaborative model of governance.

Our curriculum is enriched with music, art, movement, games, gardening, foreign language and handwork classes. This unique educational method utilizes a holistic, interdisciplinary approach. Practical, artistic, and conceptual components are presented with the goal of fostering morally and environmentally responsible, imaginative, and independent individuals.

Our Mission & Vision

The mission of City of Fountains is to become the first pre-K through 12th grade school in Kansas City based upon the teachings of Rudolf Steiner.

Our vision at City of Fountains is to:

  • honor the wonder and importance of childhood by engaging the head, hands and heart through education.
  • foster creative, innovative individuals capable of free, independent thought.
  • nourish each child's relationship with the natural world and its rhythms, thus cultivating a lifelong reverence for what is good, beautiful and true.

We currently offer four programs: a parent/toddler group (3.5 years old and younger), a kindergarten group (3.5-6 years old), a combined 1st - 3rd grade class, and  a mixed-grades enrichment group (1st grade through 8th grade, 6.5 years and up).

City of Fountains School is a 501c3 non-profit school located in the education building on the property of:


Our mailing address is:
City of Fountains School
PO Box 140441
KC, MO 64114
For more information about City of Fountains School, please give us a call at 816-839-5756, email us at cityoffountainsschool@gmail.com. You may also  find us on facebook.




Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is our inspiration?   

Waldorf education was founded in Germany in 1919 by scientist and philosopher Rudolf Steiner. The curriculum at City of Fountains School, inspired by Waldorf philosophy, was written to teach specifically to what is appropriate in each of a child’s stages of development of his or her whole being, and to develop thinking, feeling and willing capacities.  It is an educational experience that engages the growing child’s head, hands and heart.  Rich in independent critical and creative thinking, community awareness and responsibility, cultural awareness, the arts, movement, purposeful work and foreign language, it employs methods very different from the traditional US school, making it a unique option for education in Kansas City.

In the United States, there are approximately 150 Waldorf schools, 250 early childhood centers, and many more that are inspired by Waldorf education. Worldwide there are over 1,000 schools. Here in the midwest, City of Fountains School consists of pioneers answering a call to the quickly growing interest of families with school-aged children.
"American schools are having a crisis in values. Half the children fail according to standard measures and the other half wonder why they are learning what they do. As is appropriate to life in a democracy, there are a handful of alternatives. Among the alternatives, the Waldorf school represents a chance for every child to grow and learn according to the most natural rhythms of life. For the early school child, this means a non-competitive, non-combative environment in which the wonders of science and literature fill the day without causing anxiety and confusion. For the older child, it offers a curriculum that addresses the question of why they are learning. I have sent two of my children to Waldorf schools and they have been wonderfully well served." 
-- Raymond McDermott, Ph.D., Professor of Education and Anthropology, Stanford University

Is City of Fountains affiliated with any religion? 

Our school is nonsectarian and nondenominational.  Our program does not embrace any one particular religious doctrine but honors the spiritual dimension of the human being and of life.  The truth and relevancy of all religions and beliefs are honored with the common ideal of bringing forth social renewal and wisdom.

At times, the words and imagery of angels and of God are used in poetry or stories in the classroom. This is a seeking for what is good, beautiful and true within the self and the world, not in a dogmatic way.  In this same light, our school celebrates festivals within our community life.  These celebrations are relevant to our culture and are a reflection of the current student body.
   "The beauty of the Waldorf school is that it is designed entirely to keep children intact until they are ready to move out into the world as whole individuals."
-- Joseph Chilton Pearce, Author: "The Magical Child", "The Crack in the Cosmic Egg":

What is the reasoning behind starting learning to read in first grade compared to kindergarten in a conventional school?

At first glance, it might appear counter-intuitive to start reading later than conventional schools.  At City of Fountains, we have a reverence for the oral tradition of telling fairy tales and stories throughout kindergarten and the early grades. The children begin to learn these stories, as well as verses and rhymes through repetition, thus creating a proficiency in oral communication. The alphabet is introduced within the context of stories and descriptions of how letters first came about in antiquity. The pictures or hieroglyphs that are student generated will then show the transition from drawing to letter, creating a deeper individual investment.  The ability to read then evolves from this progression. The ideal age for these introductions is around age seven, depending on the child (which is why we include an assessment before placing a child in first grade).  Studies have shown that although “early readers” have a short term academic gain, the differences end by the end of elementary school.
"I think that it is not exaggerated to say that no other educational system in the world gives such a central role to the arts as the Waldorf School Movement. There is not a subject taught that does not have an artistic aspect. Even mathematics is presented in an artistic fashion and related via dance, movement or drawing to the child as a whole. Steiner's system of education is built on the premise that art is an integral part of human endeavors. He gives it back its true role. Anything that can be done to further his revolutionary educational ideals will be of the greatest importance." 
--Konrad Oberhuber
Curator of Drawings, Fogg Art Museum,
Professor of Fine Arts, Harvard University

What is your media policy?

The growth and strengthening of the child’s own image-making capacity and imagination is imperative. This allows for the healthy development of creative and critical thinking in adolescence. A child that is exposed to  a lot of media (especially in early childhood, birth through 7 years) may experience difficulty in envisioning their own creative images from both the written word (when reading) and spoken word (stories, rhymes, songs…) and in their creative play.

In alignment with the philosophies of Waldorf, we ask that media of all kinds (television, video games, radio, movies, computers, phones, tablets) be limited and censored appropriately for all students.  If parent/s need further information about our media policy, or have specific questions about their child, they may discuss this with their child’s class teacher.
"The need for imagination, a sense of truth, and a feeling of responsibility - these three forces are the very nerve of education."
--Rudolf Steiner


What does our curriculum look like? 

Our programs are holistic in nature, with respect and reverence for life, natural resources and human expression.  Art is not seen as an extracurricular but as integral to all learning.  Every day, students draw, paint, sculpt, sing or move to further explore and deepen their understanding of the academic material presented.  Students make their own beautifully illustrated textbooks, rather than relying on printed textbooks for learning, bringing the material they have learned to life with their will.

Our curriculum is academically rigorous and wholistically balanced so that both the left and right hemispheres of the brain are developed.

At City of Fountains, lead teachers stay with their students for all 5 to 6 years of their primary education. Close relationships are formed with the students giving them the security of forging a bond and growing with a teacher rather than the switching of teacher from year to year as most public schools do.  This consistency of care is greatly needed for the youth of today.

Children who have an education inspired by Waldorf are often ahead of their peers in conventional schools in both core knowledge and comprehension, and are generally well-rounded and socially secure.

While there is a set academic curriculum, we also acknowledge the “teacher as curriculum” for the growing child, meaning that the teacher’s own being, their example,  has a great influence upon the child.
"Waldorf Education addresses the child as no other education does. Learning, whether in chemistry, mathematics, history or geography, is imbued with life and so with joy, which is the only true basis for later study. The textures and colors of nature, the accomplishments and struggles of humankind fill the Waldorf students' imaginations and the pages of their beautiful books. Education grows into a union with life that serves them for decades.By the time they reach us at the college and university level, these students are grounded broadly and deeply and have a remarkable enthusiasm for learning. Such students possess the eye of the discoverer, and the compassionate heart of the reformer which, when joined to a task, can change the planet."  Arthur Zajonc, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Physics, Amherst College

Why are families required to participate in a committee? 

We are a small school and in order to grow we need our community's help. This not only helps our school fulfill its needs, but also has a direct impact on the quality of the community that nurtures our children. Below is a list of some of the volunteer opportunities for this school year:

  • Beautification: Preparation of classrooms for the coming school year and as needed throughout the year (cleaning, mopping, painting, repairs as needed), sweeping the  walkways, hospitality at school meetings (setting up tables and chairs, providing snacks etc…).
  • Community Outreach: Create and distribute general school flyers, posters or brochures, website improvements, school photography service and storage/organization.
  • Fundraising: Plan and carry out two or more fundraisers for the school during the school year.
  • Festivals: Assisting teachers and administrator with preparation and cleanup of festivals.
“A healthy social life is found only, when in the mirror of each soul the whole community finds its reflection, and when in the whole community the virtue of each one is living.”     -- Rudolf Steiner

 What is the importance of festivals through the year?

Seasonal festivals have been celebrated throughout history, across all cultures. They served to bring communities together and to honor the shifting rhythms of nature. Over time, these festivals have evolved but they continue to carry a special significance. We rejoice in the artistry of their preparation, the merriment of coming together as a community, and seeing the wonder reflected in the children’s eyes as we all make memories together.

"The advent of the Waldorf Schools was in my opinion the greatest contribution to world peace and understanding of the century ."
--Willy Brandt, former Chancellor West Germany, former Waldorf parent, 1971 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

What is the CoF School's history? 

City of Fountains School was birthed from a community meeting in June 2011, which was called to evaluate the desire for Waldorf education in Kansas City.  A large and eager group formed from that initial meeting. We met weekly to create a vision, choose our name and form a mission. We explored what we could make happen immediately- home school enrichment, and what we could continue to work towards- a full-time school and more. As we continued to meet weekly through 2011 and into 2012, COF’s leadership was honed into a small, focused group of multi-talented individuals who manifested a non-profit organization with a Board of Directors.
Our school is now in it’s 5th full year of operation with classes near full enrollment, daily inquiry from new families about what we offer and a rich community and festival life for our families.

"Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives." 
-Rudolf Steiner      

How does a combined 1st- 3rd grades class work? 

The students are together as a class during most of their day. They are together during circle time, recess and lunch, as well as some specialty classes. The grades teacher is able to split the group for individual main lesson blocks as they see fit. While one class is studying their main lesson, another class may be in their handwork class. Once these classes are over, the children will then switch teachers. Throughout their school experience, the lead teacher will also be aware of the students’ individual progress, and be prepared to help those who may need extra support or those who may be ready to enhance their lesson book work.

How do I enroll my child?  

In order to proceed with enrollment, please contact the school administrator at cityoffountainsschool@gmail.com Please let us know the programs that you are interested in and the ages of your child(ren). School tours are scheduled on a monthly basis. Please inquire about the next one. If you are interested in the 1st - 3rd grade program for your child, please be aware that a readiness assessment will be conducted. If there are openings in the programs of interest, then we require the following non-refundable payments at the time of enrollment:

Affiliation Fees:* 
$100 for each student for a one day a week class
$200 for two days
$300 for three days
$400 for four days
$500 for five days
Enrollment Fee: $50 per family, for first time applicants

*Fees are for 2016/2017 school year.

Along with your payment, please submit the following forms.

Please mail your forms and payment to:
City of Fountains School
PO Box 140441
Kansas City, MO 64114

Eric Utne, founder of, publisher, and former editor-in-chief of Utne Reader, (described by The New York Times as "one of the most distinctive voices in magazine journalism") now a Waldorf teacher:
"My son Leif attended a Waldorf school from nursery through eighth grade. Even more gratifying than his specific achievements are his ongoing infatuation with learning and absence of incapacitating cynicism. ... Waldorf schools generally turn out young people who get into the colleges of their choice, but more importantly are well prepared for life. I hope this form of education becomes the basis for public school curriculum throughout the United States. And I hope it happens soon."

Toddler Program



A nurturing environment is provided for infants to 3 year olds and their parents. A gentle daily rhythm is followed each day. Activities include free play, circle time, outdoor time, snack preparation, clean up time and various crafts. During circle time we celebrate with seasonal finger plays, poems and songs. Handcrafts will be provided for parents to work on during the sessions. In this space of reverence, parents will have the opportunity to learn more about our program inspired by Waldorf education, while sharing with one another their experiences of family life.

Our parent/toddler program is offered on Mondays or Wednesdays from 9:00am to 12:00pm.



Kindergarten Program

The kindergarten is a gentle, home-like environment where children are given the opportunity to learn and play through purposeful activity. Within the kindergarten, reverence is held for both the natural world and the natural unfolding of the child. The day is structured in a rhythmic movement that engages head, heart and hands.

In the kindergarten classroom at City of Fountains School a nature story, fairy or folk tale is told in oral tradition each week, puppet plays are given to bring the stories to life, songs are sung and danced, poetic verses and nursery rhymes are shared in finger-plays and movement circles. Some days you may find us baking together, or painting, playing a gentle game or concentrated upon a seasonal craft. If you peek in mid-morning, you might find us gathered around a fully set table enjoying a seasonal bowl of soup, fresh baked bread or fruits. Every day, you will see playing, both inside our classroom and outdoors – rain or shine; a connection to the cycle of the year, bringing a sense of well-being.

 Kindergarten at City of Fountains School is held on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings from 9 am to 1pm. with the option to enroll for 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 days. Families are welcome to stay from 1 to 2pm for outdoor open play and community.

First- Third Grade Program


The First - Third Grade Curriculum & Daily Rhythm:

Morning Circle, Main Lesson -

Each morning begins with the whole class reciting a verse by Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Waldorf Education:

The sun with loving light 
Makes bright for me each day 
The soul with spirit power 
Gives strength unto my limbs 
In sunlight shining clear 
I reverence, O God 
The strength of humankind 
Which Thou so graciously 
Hast planted in my soul 
That I may love to work and learn. 
From Thee stream light and strength 
To Thee rise love and thanks.

The class then joins together for a short circle time with movement and songs. This daily rhythmic activity unifies the class, and helps the students be more present as they begin their day.

The children are then separated into two groups so that they may either attend their main lesson class or a specialty class. The students participating in main lesson will then return to their desks for a recall of the story from the previous day. Allowing the students to share what they remembered from the story enables the teacher to understand what has really touched them.

When a new story is told, there is often much anticipation by the students! In First Grade, stories are most often fairy tales or nature stories, imbuing the students with a sense of wonder and reverence for the world around them. In Second Grade there are many fables as well as stories about the brave and compassionate acts of saints. These themes truly resonate with Second Graders as they experience the lessons of life. In the Third Grade there are folktales, Native American tales and stories from the Old Testament. Many of these stories are ones of humanity, of creation and of humankind overcoming their baser nature- all of which resonate with children approaching the age of 9.  Each day the story is told to the students directly from the teacher, rather than being read from text.

The new story or the recall of yesterday’s story is a lead-in to the Main Lesson in which the students work in their own lesson books, drawing and writing as the teacher draws and writes on the board or her own lesson book along with them. Main Lesson blocks change throughout the year and each block lasts for about 4 weeks.

Writing, Reading, and Math First - Third Grade -

Our approach to writing and reading, Inspired by Waldorf, is this: Out of drawing comes writing, out of writing comes reading.  This method enables the child to truly take in what they are learning and thus creatively, actively do it themselves with understanding and intent. In our program, all students draw from day one when they simply draw the straight line and the curve – the principle foundations of all forms. Students continue to work on Form Drawing which supports writing and spatial awareness and also continue to draw pictures in their lesson books about the story or subject at hand. Drawing evolves through the grades and is incorporated into a variety of lessons and subjects including the sciences and history.

In math, the students work from the whole to the parts. The written numbers and the four processes (+, -, x, ÷) are all introduced in First Grade in a variety of ways:  through characters and stories, with physical objects, with games, through rhythmic counting exercises with clapping, stomping, rhythm sticks, or bean bags, and also through “mental math” in which students are asked a math question, often as a short allegory, and attempt to figure it out in their mind, frequently on an individual basis at impromptu times throughout the day.

Specialty Classes and Other Daily Activities –

Other classes that the students will participate in include:

Form Drawing/Modeling
Handwork (Knitting in First and Second Grade)
Movement/Games/Folk Dance
Foreign Language
Flute/Singing (a specific class to allow more time to practice new material and improve technique)
Painting
Gardening/Cooking/Festival Crafts/Nature Walk

Each day there will be Snack, Recess, Lunch, and Clean-up Chores. And certain days there will be time for the teacher to read aloud a longer book or story series while the students rest, or for the students to look through books on their own. In the spring there will be time set aside for play practice, and a final performance that all families and friends are invited to attend.

If you have any questions about the City of Fountains grades program, or if you would like to register your child, contact us at cityoffountainschool@gmail.com.



Enrichment Program


"Receive the child in reverence. Educate the child in love. Send the child forth in freedom." -Rudolf Steiner, Founder of Waldorf Education

The City of Fountains grades enrichment program offers homeschooling families a sample of education inspired by the Waldorf approach. The lower, middle and upper grades classes meet every Thursday from 9-1pm and each follows a daily rhythm inspired by Waldorf of morning circle and verse, movement, with main lessons and daily outdoor time to follow.

The lower grades enrichment program is for children 6-7 years old. City of Fountains observes the warm learning environment inspired by Waldorf education and is a gentle transition from Kindergarten. The lower grades curriculum is rich with nature stories and folk tales. There is strong emphasis on seasons and festivals. We are outdoors during all seasons. Movement and group games are always a favorite! Each week a story, puppet play, or table play are given. Handwork includes knitting and weaving, and each child creates their own knitting needles and loom. Once a month the students cook a seasonal treat in the morning and then enjoy it together in the afternoon.

Some families choose to enroll their child in our First -Third Grades program Mon-Wed as well as the enrichment program on Thursdays, which creates a 4-day school week.

The middle grades program is for children ages 8-10 and the upper grades is for children 11-13. We will have monthly field trips that follow along with our main lessons which will cover such topics as paper making, drawing, painting, botany, zoology, Native Americans/ primitive skills, clay sculpture, puppetry, theater and more.

We ask that you send your children along with a daily snack and weather appropriate clothing as we will be going outdoors daily.





Family Handbook and Forms

The following forms are due upon enrollment:
  1. Enrollment (Toddler/ Grades)
  2. Enrollment (Kindergarten)
  3. School Agreement
  4. Photo Release
  5. Medical Information
  6. School Records Release (only if child has previously attended another school)
  7. A copy of your child's vaccination records 

Calendar of Events 2016 - 2017



* 2016 *

August
Saturday 27th - Open House (come meet your teachers and visit your classroom) 10:00 - 12:00

September
Tuesday 6th - 1st Day of School, Kindergarten and 1st - 3rd Grade
Wednesday 7th - 1st Day of Wednesday Parent/Toddler Class

Thursday 8th - 1st Day of Homeschool Enrichment Program
Monday 12th - 1st Day of Monday Parent/ Toddler Class
Saturday 24th - Michaelmas Festival
10:00 - 2:00

November
Sunday 13th - Martinmas Lantern Walk
5:00 to 7:00
Wednesday 23rd through Friday 25th - THANKSGIVING BREAK, school closed

December
Friday 16th - Spiral of Light 5:30- 8:00
Monday 19th through December 30th - WINTER BREAK, school closed






*2017*

January
Monday 3rd - Classes resume
Monday 16th - MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY, school closed
Saturday 28th - Open House 10- 11:30
Monday 30th to Friday February 10th - Priority Enrollment begins for 2017/2018 School Year 
February                        
Friday 10th - Open Enrollment begins for 2017/2018 School Year

Monday 20th - Wednesday 22nd- No school, teacher's in-service days- school closed
Saturday 25th - 2nd Annual Chili Supper Fundraiser
4:30- 7:00

March
Monday 13th through Friday 17th – SPRING BREAK, school closed

May
Saturday 13th - Open House 10- 11:30
Wednesday 17th - Rainbow Bridge Ceremony
Monday 22nd through Friday 26th - LAST WEEK OF SCHOOL
Friday 26th - May Festival 10:00- 2:00

June
Saturday 17th- Annual Board Meeting 9:00- 1:00
Saturday 24th- Midsummer/ St. John’s Bonfire 6-10pm

Fundraising

City Of Fountains School

Tuition and Hours


City of Fountains School allows participation in its activities, services, events and programs by persons of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation or gender. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation or gender.


2016 / 2017 Hours and Monthly Tuition*: 


  • Parent/Child Program for Toddlers: Monday or Wednesday, 9 a.m. to noon, $90
  • Kindergarten Program: 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 day option.
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., $100, $200, $300, $400, $500
  • First- Third Grades Program: 3 days: Mon, Tues, Wed 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m, $400/ month
  • Enrichment Grades Program: 1 day: Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., $100 

 *Tuition is due the first Friday of each month.


Required Fees*:

Affiliation fees
$100 for each student for a one day a week class
$200 for two days
$300 for three days
$400 for four days
$500 for five days
$400 for 1st/ 2nd/ 3rd grade class
Enrollment Fee: $50 per family, for first time applicants.

 *All fees are non-refundable.


Affiliation Fees:

Affiliation fees are to be paid in-full at the time of enrollment. Affiliation fees support your child's education as follows: Approximately 50%
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Tuition Assistance:

Final contracting for families requesting Need-Based Financial Assistance will be completed following Financial Award Committee review/decision. Financial Assistance is only available for the Kindergarten, Grades and Enrichment Programs with a limited availability. Please mail scholarship applications and proof of income (such as the front page of your federal tax return or W2 or pay stubs) to our mailing address:
City of Fountains School
PO Box 140441
KCMO 64114

School Location:
City of Fountains School is currently located in the education building on the property of Keystone United Methodist Church:
City of Fountains School
406 W 74th S
Kansas City, MO 64114


Contact Us


Thank you for your interest in City of Fountains School. We’re glad you’re here.

We’re located at:
406 W 74th St
Kansas City, MO 64114
Our mailing address is:
PO Box 140441
Kansas City, MO 64114
For more information about City of Fountains School, please give us a call at 816-839-5756, email us at cityoffountainsschool@gmail.com or find us on facebook.