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RSSAA - Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor

History

A Pioneering Spirit

Thirty-Seven years ago, the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor (RSSAA) opened its doors to grades one through four. It was September 4, 1980 and the doors belonged to a small three-room building on Packard Road near historic Cobblestone Farm. Behind the school’s opening were decades of work in the community by many people, including Dr. Ernst Katz (Prof. Emeritus of Physics, University of Michigan) and Mrs. Ruth Nilsson, a parent and teacher who was instrumental in founding the school.By the third year, we had outgrown our space due to increased enrollment and a new Kindergarten program. A leased building in York Township on ten acres of land allowed the school to add a new first grade each succeeding year, with the 1984-85 school year marking the first time that the Lower School had its full complement of Kindergarten through 8th grade classes. Since most of our students came from Ann Arbor, the York Township location required us to bus in many of our students and the building did not meet the needs of a K-8 Waldorf program. We were fortunate to have the opportunity to purchase our current Newport Road campus in 1986 from Ann Arbor public schools.

Against All Odds – The Newport Years

After three moves in six years, we finally had a place to call home and room to grow. Steady and rapid growth in enrollment, as well as consistent improvements to the campus and building, continued to reflect the community’s response to the value of our educational program. The growth of the school has been supported by an active parent body that has worked closely with the faculty on tasks such as publicity, fundraising, and recruitment. Such involvement has been essential in helping the school to confront first, the challenges of its infancy, and now the new challenges brought by continued growth.

A Vision Realized

Our High School opened in the fall of 1997 in a leased facility, the Genesis Building on Packard Road, completing the vision of the founding teachers and parents to have a full PreK–12 program. In October 2001, a six-acre property located on Pontiac Trail was purchased to be the permanent home for our growing High School. After extensive renovations to the building and site, the new campus opened for classes in the fall of 2002.

A Place to Call Home

The steady growth of our programs led to the need for expanded space on our Lower School campus.  In the fall of 2016 we were proud to open our new Middle School building, an airy, light-filled space dedicated to our growing adolescents.

The Future is Here

Our High School is celebrating our 20th Anniversary in the 2017/18 school year and we find our school continuing to grow as it meets the needs of the next generation. Supporting our amazing academic programs and offering a home to our championship sports teams is a priority that we’re committed to. Breaking ground for our Athletic & Performance Center and classroom expansion in the summer of 2017 solidifies that commitment.

We’ve come a long way and, through the support of our community, have built an amazing institution that continually offers a diverse, comprehensive and enlivened education. We invite you to join us in writing the next chapter of our school’s history.