Seaside Community Charter School is a public choice school, which means that families choose the school rather than their local public school or other school. As a public charter school, the school receives funding from various government sources at both the state and federal levels. As a public school, it is held accountable for the same performance expectations, federal laws, state statutes and administrative rules as other public schools. Public charter schools with an arts-infused, Waldorf-inspired approach must insure that their festivals and curriculum do not infringe upon religious freedoms and rights of students and their families.
At SCCS, we value diversity and may modify traditional festivals so that they are inclusive of all cultures. SCCS will hold festivals and seasonal celebrations that allow the families and children to participate fully in the school's culture. For example, we have a lantern walk and a winter spiral planned. Please see the calendar for the festival dates of these and others. If you have additional ideas, you may contact the special events commitee.
Sagarin notes that Steiner approved of school assemblies or showcases that allowed students to demonstrate what they had learned with their families.
SCCS faculty have planned a number of seasonal celebrations and opportunities for children to share their learning with their families. The SCCS Fall Festival and Student Showcase is scheduled for October 25, 2014 at 11am. In addition to participating in simple craft and nature activities, families are invited to visit their students' classrooms, where their children will share what they have learned in the first nine weeks of school. A book fair/school fundraiser will take place October 21-25th, and families will be able to purchase books for their children and classrooms if they choose. For more information, please call the office at 904-853-6287.
Dr. Sagarin is the author of The Story of Waldorf Education in the United States: Past, Present, and Future (2011). For more information on issues regarding Waldorf and Waldorf-inspired schools, visit his blog at http://ssagarin.blogspot.com/