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Juniper Ridge Community School

JRCS is a K-8 charter school that engages students with a curriculum that integrates art with the sciences and humanities through practical activity. The curriculum is rooted in the Waldorf tradition and offers a unique learning style new to the Grand Valley.

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Juniper Ridge Community School​​​​​​​
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640 24-1/2 Rd
Grand Junction, CO 81505
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640 24-1/2 Rd
Grand Junction, CO 81505
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640 24-1/2 Rd
Grand Junction, CO , CO 81505
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Mission Statement

At Juniper Ridge Community School, thoughtful, committed teachers and involved families join to inspire children to participate in their own education, by cultivating compassion and caring for themselves, each other, and the natural world. Children emerge from Juniper Ridge as confident, self-reliant individuals who mindfully enrich their own lives, preserve and protect the earth, and productively contribute to broad and diverse communities.

Organization History

Although Waldorf schools have been around for nearly 100 years, they are usually tuition-based and often inaccessible to all but a small tier of students. JRCS believes this outstanding educational model should be available to all children, regardless of finances, which is at the heart of the creation of this outstanding school.

Juniper Ridge Community School was founded in 2013 and started with just 7 classrooms and 159 students and has grown to 17 classrooms and 385 students in 5 years.


"I cannot begin to express my satisfaction with Juniper Ridge Community School in the education they are providing my 2 children. I have a daughter in 5th grade and a son in 7th grade.

When my husband and I decided 3 years ago to move our children it was no small decision. Both of our children were overwhelmed and stressed out in the educational environment they were in. When I would pick them up from school each day and ask them "How was your day" they would not share anything they did in school. I started seeing my son, especially start to shut down. When they had homework it was a fight to get them to do their work and it disrupted the peace in our home.

When I interviewed JRCS I was blown away with the approach they take with the children. One of the biggest changes I've seen with my 2 children is how engaged they are in their learning. They hop in the car when I pick them up and they tell me all about what they learned that day. They both have grown in many ways while at JRCS. They take pride in being a part of the larger community and in their studies. Now they both do their homework without a fight and a lot of times they start doing it without a reminder. They enjoy their work, even if it's a challenge.

We love JRCS and there is nowhere else we want our kids to be."
- Andrea Haitz, Parent at Juniper Ridge Community School

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