Credo is one of only three public Waldorf high schools in the United States. (The others are Desert Marigold in Phoenix, Arizona and George Washington Carver in Sacramento, California.) Credo is unique in that it is specifically a college-preparatory program, and all graduates will have met the admission requirements of the University of California and the California State University systems.
In its first three years, with one class each of freshmen, sophomores and juniors, Credo High School has:
- Earned an Academic Performance Index score of 853, the third-highest of 26 site-based public high schools in Sonoma County.
- Earned the maximum allowable accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), granted in January 2014.
- Raised the bar for public high schools in Sonoma County and all of California by ensuring that all Credo students are on track to have met rigorous academic requirements (“a-g Standards”) to apply to the University of California system (vs. only 31% state-wide).
- Begun to prepare widely and broadly capable leaders of the future with a comprehensive college prep program that enables all of our students to develop as whole human beings—academically, intellectually, physically, socially, emotionally and morally.
- Presented all students with a rich, four-year, social-emotional curriculum that teaches them to communicate, collaborate, resolve conflict, build consensus and support one another.
- Been the first and only public school to win Green Business Certification by the Sonoma Country Economic Development Board. All Credo students study environmental science, farming and food literacy—the foundations of a four-year environmental and agricultural sustainability curriculum that prepares students to be effective stewards of the earth.
- Created, in partnership with local sustainability nonprofit, Daily Acts Organization, 2,500 square feet of food producing gardens, which supply produce for special events, occasional student lunches and family consumption.
- Taught all students a variety of fine and practical arts, which enrich their feeling lives and strengthen their self-expression; every student studies drawing, printmaking, silkscreening, color theory, painting (watercolor, acrylics and oils), ceramics, media arts, blacksmithing, wood turning and basic carpentry.
- Taught students financial literacy and entrepreneurialism, and had them participate in the creation and operation of Credo businesses, including Club Credo, a 2-gen (teens + parents) nightclub presenting professional bands and comics, created and run by students.
- Initiated an Adventure Learning program, which led all ninth grade students on a 4-day, 28-mile backpacking trip that built their strength, endurance and self-confidence and accelerated their social development; led all tenth grade students on a four-day kayaking trip while they were studying oceanography and The Odyssey; and led all eleventh grade students on a four-day stargazing trip in preparation for the study of astronomy. Twelfth graders will participate in a solo quest.
- Taught all students music, three hours a week for four years of high school, creating a Credo Choir, a Credo Orchestra, an American Music Ensemble and a World Percussion Ensemble. The school has presented eight concerts, and the American Music Ensemble has performed in professional music venues, including headlining annual “Waldorf at Weill” concerts at Sonoma State University’s prestigious Green Music Center.
- Developed a theater program that produced three highly successful musical theater productions: “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” “School House Rock” and “Scrooge’s Christmas.” Also produced several dramatic plays, including a Shakespere Night, "I'll Never See Another Butterfly" and "Peter and the Starcatcher."
- Published a five-part newspaper series about sustainability education at Credo High, exploring the school’s focus on Environmental Sustainability, Agricultural Sustainability, Economic Sustainability, Social Sustainability and Personal Sustainability.
- Taught every student a world language, either Mandarin or Spanish, four classes a week, and initiated cultural exchanges, where Credo students have lived abroad (Spain, Germany, Turkey) and foreign students joined Credo for a period of time (from Spain, Germany and Pakistan).
- Hosted the only eighth grade Waldorf class from China and shared a cultural exchange with Credo students—in Mandarin and English.
- Hosted summer service trips to Nicaragua in partnership with Global Student Embassy, creating food-producing gardens in Nicaraguan elementary schools.
- Initiated a collaborative relationship with our neighboring Sonoma State University—this includes hosting SSU student teachers at Credo, hosting SSU education students as classroom observers, and welcoming SSU students to serve as tutors and mentors to Credo students.
- Won a grant in partnership with Learning with Nature, Inc. to develop a twelfth-grade course in biomimicry; the country’s first high school course in this innovative nature-based design field will be taught to Credo twelfth graders in the fall of 2014.
- Initiated an eleventh grade Developing Capacities course, where Credo students learn the social-emotional, observational, communication, spatial and kinesthetic skills that are needed as an assistant to blind students in learning wood turning on Credo’s machine lathes; this course is part of a partnership between Credo and U.C. Davis to engage more blind and visually impaired (BVI) students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.
- Hosted weekly student assemblies about career education. Called "Livelihood," this series invites speakers every Friday to inform Credo students about their careers, the specifics of their jobs on a day-to-day basis, and the path that got them from high school to their current occupations. Visiting speakers have included farmers, filmmakers, doctors, animal right advocates, musicians and academics.
- Held weekly intramural sports games, where all students in mixed-grade teams play soccer, ultimate frisbee, flag football, basketball, volleyball and baseball.
- Founded a girls' soccer team, a boys' baseball team and club-level, co-ed basketball and volleyball teams.
- Initiated extracurriculars, including Student Council, Eco Council, a poetry club, drama club and Terpsicore Dance Club.
- Created Credo Rose Eurythmy, an extracurricular performing troupe that has performed at Credo, at Waldorf schools throughout the Bay Area, and toured throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Our offerings continue to grow. Credo students are invited to take initiative in creating extracurricular clubs, teams and events.