About Peace Valley

Peace Valley is dedicated to recognizing each child's unique spirit.

Children will learn reading and writing, mathematics, history, geography, and the sciences while learning to sing, play a musical instrument, draw, paint, act in plays, and garden. They will learn fiber arts (such as knitting and sewing), Spanish language and culture, and enjoy movement through Eurythmy and Games. Peace Valley wants students to think critically and independently and to work harmoniously and respectfully with others.

Peace Valley's curriculum delivers the content and competencies outlined in the Idaho Content Standards with the progression from Kindergarten through Grade 8. We provide an environment that nurtures a child's emerging capacities at each age and has a holistic focus on the physical, emotional, and social well-being of our community of students, staff, and parents.

Peace Valley aims to bring forth healthy, confident, free-thinking, and self-directed children who are passionately engaged with education and empower them to contribute responsibly to the world and to appreciate the importance of peace, respect, and compassion.

Watercolor by Megan Keen
Watercolor by Megan Keen.


Why Peace Valley?

School founders named the school Peace Valley to honor the tradition that our valley is a place for people from different origins to gather, exchange ideas and create community. The name matches our commitment to peace locally, nationally and globally.

Peace Valley's Vision


A school which provides an innovative, student-centered, developmentally appropriate education to a community desiring a whole child educational option.

Through the use of Waldorf methods, Peace Valley nourishes a child’s natural curiosity and passion for learning by respecting the unique developmental stages of childhood.

All facets of the school are structured around a comprehensive understanding of human development-an understanding that nurtures a community of self-awareness, respect, and dignity.

Core Principles of Public Waldorf Education 

Watercolor of Valley, used with permission of artist.

 

Storytelling

Storytelling is used to awaken imagination, build vocabulary and oral language, retain attention and teach subjects such as math, history, geography, social studies, writing and reading.

 

Nature

Respect for the natural world and environmental stewardship are core values and will be expressed, in the coming years, through an edible schoolyard gardening program, and a focus on sustainable practices.

 

Real Life

Children learn real-life tasks such as housekeeping, cooking, knitting, crocheting, and gardening.

 

Limited Technology

Technology is de-emphasized in the early years at school and at home. Parents of enrolled children are encouraged to greatly limit their children’s exposure to computers, TV, and video games.

 

Foreign Language

Spanish instruction begins in kindergarten and continues through the grades. We offer a Spanish immersion kindergarten as well.

 

Teacher Looping

Teachers follow their students from 1st - 5th and 6th - 8th grade. This allows teachers to develop a stronger relationship with their students and develop a curriculum based on their students’ needs and strengths.

 

Music

Every child sings daily with their class teacher. Music instruction begins in first grade, when the pentatonic flute is introduced. The students progress to the recorder and finally to the ukelele in 5th grade. Our intention is to expand our music program to include violin, viola, cello, and bass in the coming years. 

 

Main Lessons

Main lessons include all traditional subjects and are typically taught in 3 to 4 week blocks, which allows for depth of instruction and enriching activities.

 

Seasonal Study

Seasonal stories, songs, and activities are woven throughout the curriculum and year. Seasonal festivals are times when the school community gathers to celebrate together. The Festival of Courage announces autumn, the Winter Garden brightens the dark winter months, and the May Fair heralds spring.

Our School


 

School Leadership

Peace Valley Charter School is organized as an Idaho nonprofit corporation and is authorized by the Idaho Public Charter School Commission.

A Governing Council provides school oversight. The Council meets on a monthly basis throughout the year and is a public meeting.

Meet the Governing Council