OAKLAND (KCBS) – A brand new elementary school with a different philosophy held its first day of classes in Oakland Monday. The school’s philosophy is based on the Waldorf model that focuses more on nurturing than textbooks for young children.

It’s called the Community School for Creative Education.

“Its focus is on the whole child rather than just the brain,” said school director Ida Oberman, who added the school trains students to be leaders.

Oberman is a former Waldorf student, teacher and researcher. The charter school, which co-exists with Howard Elementary on Fontaine, uses Waldorf methods, but there’s a big difference.

KCBS’ Bob Butler Reports:

“Waldorf education in America has been an elite privileged phenomenon,” Oberman said. “If you have the money for tuition, you can have it.”

Oberman said this is a public school so there is no tuition, and currently, they have room for more students.

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