Berkeley Rose Waldorf School was founded by parents and early childhood teacher Anita Rosasco*, and opened its doors in 2009 in a historic landmark private home on Rose and Arch streets in Berkeley. (The school’s rose logo comes from a tile in the home’s fireplace). Berkeley Rose moved four times in its first four years, until finding its current early childhood and grades campuses in central Berkeley.
The school has been made possible by hardworking pioneering parents and teachers who have worked with joy, vision, and dedication to the mission to bring an independent school inspired by Waldorf education to the Berkeley-Oakland-Emeryville area. The school is deeply grateful to all the educators, parents, and financial supporters past and present who continue to help Berkeley Rose grow and prosper.
* Ms. Roasasco received her Waldorf teacher certification from the Eugene Waldorf Teacher Training in 2009
Berkeley Rose is an Associate Member of AWSNA
Berkeley Rose School was recently accredited by the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) as an Associate member and will now be recognized as Berkeley Rose Waldorf School (BRWS).
The teachings and philosophy take a complete approach to learning—“head, heart, and hands”—and address each child as an individual with innate talents and abilities.
Founded in 2009, Berkeley Rose Waldorf School established an urban East Bay presence for Waldorf education. This developing Waldorf school brings the ideals of meaningful learning, independent inquiry, confidence and well-roundedness to students at a campus in the heart of Berkeley.
Berkeley Rose Waldorf School started as a 12-student kindergarten in the living room of one of the founding parents. Eight years later we’ve grown to a thriving school with parent-child classes five days a week, several early childhood classes, and a grades program offering first through sixth in 2018-19, growing a grade a year through 8th grade.
The vision for Berkeley Rose has always been to offer children a school that can be their home from preschool through 8th grade—to build a school that provides community for families for a decade or more as their children move through the grades.