About Spring River
“Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives. The need for imagination, a sense of truth, and a feeling of responsibility—these three forces are the very nerve of education.” ~ Rudolf Steiner
Spring River School sprung forth from the twenty-five year tradition of the The Playgarden , an oasis for early childhood and LifeWays Center in Jacksonville Beach that began as the Jacksonville Waldorf Initiative in April 1995.
Parents from that community, joined by local educators, were driven by a common desire to create a transformative educational experience where their children could grow and learn in the spirit of the Waldorf education they had enjoyed and appreciated during those early childhood days. That small group of families became a larger community and those desires took form first as seasonal community festivals and parent education groups in 2014, then as enrichment classes supporting the homeschool efforts of the families who chose that path in 2015, and finally as a full offering of main lesson and enrichments for homeschooling families in the fall of 2018. Spring River was developed out of love and respect for childhood and a common understanding that teaching is an art.
At Spring River School each child and parent is met with warmth, acceptance and joy. We support one another through homeschool classes, festivals, and community gatherings. Our goal is for our community to grow and to continue learning and enriching our lives through a shared experience and reverence for the wondrous capacities of human beings, most especially our children.