We are so happy to be able to finally announce our Lower School location: 98 South Lincoln Street in Keene. A huge Thank You to Craig Stockwell and Sarah Mustin-Stockwell for purchasing
the building from Monadnock Waldorf School and leasing it to us. Craig and Sarah
live in the neighborhood, have children who previously attended Monadnock
Waldorf School, and are long-time supporters of Waldorf education. We are so
grateful for their support and belief in our vision for a thriving waldorf-inspired
It Takes a Village...to make a Charter School!
What does it take to start a charter school you ask? Well, let us tell you! Lots and lots of hard work, many volunteer hours, and a community that supports us in so many ways. We have been able to do so much already because of our dedicated Board of Trustees and large circle of supporters and volunteers. So many individuals have given their time, energy, and expertise to our cause that we have been able to accomplish a staggering list of tasks with a very small budget. The 200+ page application and appendices to the NH State Board, the months and months of property tours and real estate research, the newsletters, website creation, social media and word of mouth outreach, the country-wide hunt for faculty and staff, the Board recruiting, business connections and City of Keene communications; all of these things were done through dedication and basically for free.
Gathering Waters Chartered Public school has been a community group effort since
the summer of 2018 when the MWS High School closed its doors on School Street in
Keene, NH. A group of parents, teachers, and community members, The Friends of
Gathering Waters, came together with the shared vision of continuing Waldorf
education for high school students in the Monadnock region.
Enrollment letters have been sent! Applicants: Check your Spam folders and Promotions Tab if
you don't see your letter!
Our Upper School (Grades 6-9) will be located at 31 Washington St, previously the Keene Middle School building. We will be leasing 13,000 sqft on the third floor of the North side of the building, with a dedicated entrance on Spring St. This location has much to offer and we are so excited to call this home for the next few years.
The application process is now open! To apply for Grades 1 through 9 for the 2021/2022 School Year visit our website and fill out the online application, OR download the application and mail it to us at: P.O. Box 371, Keene NH 03431. Any questions or concerns please contact us at [email protected]
Our charter application has been approved by the New Hampshire State Board of Education! We are officially a school! On Thursday, December 10th, after 3+ years in the making, members of the Board of Trustees of Gathering Waters Charter presented our charter application at the monthly meeting of the N.H. Board of Education. The Board of Education was very impressed by our application and educational plan, and unanimously voted to approve our charter for a Waldorf-inspired, 1-12th grade school in Keene, NH. We are so grateful for all of the hard work and dedication of the many individuals that have gotten us to this point. We couldn't have done it without such a supportive community around us!
Gathering Waters is now a member of the Alliance for Public Waldorf Education! We are well on our way to our final meeting on December 10 th when we will be meeting with the Board of the NH Department of Education for the final step in the application process. The vote on our application will take place during this meeting. We're so close! As soon as we are accepted, we will celebrate with a silent auction made up of artwork, toys and gifts from local businesses. If you wish to contribute to the auction please email Marcy Schepker at [email protected]