Shepherd Valley Waldorf School K - 8
History of Shepherd Valley Waldorf School

Shepherd Valley Waldorf School Rudolf Steiner
Rudolf Steiner

shepherd valley waldorf breaking ground
breaking ground

shepherd valley kindergarten
kindergarten building begins

shepherd valley kindergarten
Sweet Pea Garden

shepherd valley kindergarten
Narnia is performed

  • 1992 — Parents and teachers create a vision for a Waldorf school, seek guidance from René Querido – a seminal figure in Waldorf education for half a century – and establish a Board of Trustees.

  • 1993-1994 — A school is born and receives its name.

  • August 1993 — Shepherd Valley School and Garden opens in a shopping center in Gunbarrel, Colorado, with two Kindergartens, a First Grade and a Fourth Grade.

  • May 14, 1994 — Shepherd Valley celebrates its first May Faire in Boulder Central Park.

  • September 1997 — The school purchases 33 acres of land in Niwot, Colorado with the aim of building a permanent campus.

  • April 17, 1999 — Shepherd Valley breaks ground on its Niwot campus.

  • June 24, 1999 — The school establishes the College of Teachers—a group committed to deepening, exploring and guiding all aspects of the curriculum as well as caring for and guiding the cultural and spiritual life of the school.


  • Autumn 1999 - Winter 2000 — As preparations continue in earnest on the Niwot campus, the school relocates to a temporary location in the fall when the lease expires on the Gunbarrel location.

    After a brief period in one temporary location, the school’s eight classes are scattered among eight different locations, including teachers' and parents' homes, church basements and empty apartment spaces.

    The school moves to Niwot over the winter break, with teachers, parents and students moving all the school’s belongings to the new campus for the long-awaited opening.

    Construction on the Early Childhood Building begins.

  • Autumn 2001 — Major community involvement makes the Kindergarten building project a success.

    The Early Childhood Building building opens in September.

    The school holds its first Harvest Faire.

  • June 2002 — The school celebrates the graduation of its first class to complete a full eight-year cycle.

  • Fall 2003 — The Sweet Pea Garden program for parents and toddlers begins.

  • 2004 - 2005 — With the help of the Third Grade students and parents, the school completes and dedicates the Lower Grades playground.

  • 2006 - 2007 — Shepherd Valley’s first competitive sports team—the Middle School Cross-Country team—takes off.

  • 2008 - 2009 — The Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is re-established with the goal to serve as a central place for parents to connect, socialize, learn and to find ways to support the school.

  • Fall 2009 — The Playing Field is installed complete with irrigation lines and grass terrain, thanks to generous contributions from the community.

  • Spring 2010 — The Middle School performs its first musical — “Narnia” – at the Nomad Theatre. Three action-packed performances are offered to the full community.

  • May 2010 — Shepherd Valley welcomes Black Cat Farm to campus. The sheep and llamas are a welcome addition, while the farmers begin to till, irrigate and sow seeds for a future harvest.

  • May 2011 — Shepherd Valley partners with Boulder County Farmer Cultivation Center to bring sustainable agriculture, including a CSA, to the campus.