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 In the unlikely event of school closure due to inclement weather, an announcement will be made on the Duncan radio station (89.7 JUICE FM). Please note WE ONLY ANNOUNCE IF WE ARE CLOSED; in other words, no news means the school is open. However, there have been a few instances where the radio station was contacted to announce our closure but failed to include our school in a report. The school follows the lead of District 79 when deciding whether to close the school. If the radio station announces that District 79 is closed, you can assume that Sunrise Waldorf School is also closed. If school is evacuated after classes have commenced, parents will be advised by the office staff.

In the event of a power outage after the school day has begun, we follow a step by step process to determine whether or not to close the school, and this process includes communications with BC Hydro. If the decision is made by the Head of School to officially close, then parents will be contacted by the office staff. This can sometimes be a lengthy process and we appreciate your patience. 










Welcome to Sunrise Waldorf School

Sunrise Waldorf School (SWS) is an independent school located in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, forty minutes north of Victoria, the capital city of BC. Supporting choice in education for discerning parents, our school attracts families from all over the globe, who have moved here especially to enroll their children at our rural Waldorf school.

Founded in 1980, we currently offer programs from early childhood through class eight. Waldorf Education is one of the fastest growing non-denominational, independent school movements in North America. Sunrise Waldorf School is a full member school of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) and is recognized as a Group One Independent School by the province of British Columbia. Teachers at SWS are Waldorf trained and BC certified to teach the BC curriculum in the inspired, holistic, Waldorf way. Island Oak High School offers Waldorf inspired education for Grades 9-12 on its own campus nearby.

Nestled in the splendour of Vancouver Island, removed from the clamour of the world, our seven acre campus awaits you. Come and visit today.


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Sunrise Waldorf School 
2148 Lakeside Road, Duncan, BC V9L 6M3, CANADA
Phone: 250.743.7253
Fax: 250.743.7245