Woodland Charter School began its journey in 2009 with a small group of parents in the Applegate Valley of Southern Oregon seeking educational options for their children. Almost immediately, they were drawn to the nurturing environment and holistic education offered by a Waldorf-methods education. After three years of tenacious work and extensive fundraising in the community, Woodland Charter School opened its doors in the fall of 2012. We currently have grades 1-7, and will add 8th grade in 2014/15. We look forward to offering kindergarten in the future.

Woodland Charter School, tuition-free and open to all students, is part of a worldwide movement to make Waldorf educational philosophy more accessible by bringing it to the public school system. Woodland is part of the Three Rivers School District (TRSD) but has a Charter Council which sets policies and oversees the administration of the school, allowing a certain level of autonomy, creativity, and flexibility. The vision of the Woodland Charter School is to provide an alternative school choice for local families while creating a school community environment that attends to the needs of the whole child. Recognizing the whole child in the educational program is the first step toward laying the foundation necessary for each student to continue the lifelong educational process.

Woodland is open to all students and so attracts students from a relatively wide geographical area of Southern Oregon – largely the Applegate Valley and the greater Grants Pass area. As a tuition-free, public school, there are no financial barriers to enrollment – bringing Waldorf inspired education to a wider segment of the population. Woodland Charter School has a very strong commitment to equal access and treatment for all students and staff,  free from any prejudice, discrimination or harassment based on race, color, age, religion, military service, handicap, disability, national origin, citizenship status, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital status or any other reason prohibited by applicable law. Our curriculum supports a multicultural approach that includes racial, ethnic and religious diversity. Many belief systems are studied with utmost respect for all. We try to emphasize and support the local farming culture, local history, and the stories of the indigenous people of the region.

Woodland Charter School Needs Your Support!

Thank you, Rogue River Valley community members! We raised the needed $150,000 needed to establish our school in its first two years- and it was all because of your generosity! From here onward, the scale of our needs is more modest. Because a significant portion of our state-funded tuition (20%) is kept by the district, we will only need about $50,000 in the coming year to meet our students’ educational needs. Thank you for your continued support! Woodland Charter School is thriving because of you!

To make a contribution to Woodland Charter School, use our “Donate” PayPal button below, or send a check/money order to Woodland Charter School, PO Box 740 , Grants Pass, OR 97533.  The recurring payment option in PayPal an easy way to make an ongoing contribution. Woodland Educational Initiative has federally recognized nonprofit status allowing for your contributions to be tax-deductible.


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