Foundation Studies FAQ

Taking the Foundation year has been an astonishing, valuable experience.  Before I started I asked "Can I fit this in on top of my work and home life?" and now I ask myself how I can fit work and home in-after Sound Circle, that is. ..When I think of my inner life, I think of Sound Circle has having peeled off layers.  I feel like I can perceive things better about myself and others.  I think before this program I spent a lot of mental time distracting myself, being caught up in the drama of things but not facing them squarely.  I think I'm better able to do that now.  It's hard to describe the many ways this course has already affected my inner life.  In the area of the arts, it's been an enjoyable journey back to the expressive side of myself... Most of the time, I just feel that doing the Foundation year in addition to the rest of my life simply makes me overly blessed rather than overly busy.  I appreciate how do-able Sound Circle is, and what work we have to do at home is a joy, not a chore.  The occasional weekends off do help restore a little balance.- Kathy S

Where is Sound Circle located?

Sound Circle Center partners with area Waldorf schools to present our program. Classes are held at the Seattle Waldorf School in the Meadowbrook neighborhood of North Seattle, where we have held classes since our inception in 2009.

Are there any prerequisites for admission into Foundation Studies?

No.  Everyone is welcome to participate in Foundation Studies.  Admission is subject to an interview with the Pedagogical Coordinator.

How many hours of homework can I expect each week?

In Foundation Studies, there is weekly reading and reflection for study, inner work, journaling and writing assignments. How much time is spent on this is up to you. It is possible to cover everything in a few hours per week, although many students choose to spend more time going deeper.

If I am commuting from far away, is there somewhere for me to stay on Friday nights?

Over the years, we have had students commute regularly from Port Townsend, Olympia, Bellingham, Whidbey Island and Bainbridge Island. They have found regular places to stay in the SCC community.

Does Sound Circle offer any distance learning/online classes?

No.  Waldorf education is a holistic approach to educating a child's head, heart and hands.  In this pedagogy, the will to learn, the feeling life in relationship to self and others, the living process of thinking are engaged.  In order to train a teacher to teach a child, the student teacher must engage deeply with the peer students and teachers in study and artistic processes. This learning environment meets the skills required to work work with children in the classroom.  As this learning environment is not met in an online setting, Sound Circle Center does not offer an online Foundation Studies or Teacher Training Program.

What sources would you suggest for me to learn more about Waldorf education?

We recommend Why Waldorf Works, a comprehensive site about Waldorf Education sponsored by the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA).

What are the days, dates and times of the classes?

Classes begin in September and continue through May. Classes on Fridays are from 4:00 pm - 8:30 pm. Classes on Saturdays are from 8:00 am - 3:15 pm.

Foundation Studies is offered in two tracks:  

  • Track I is a one-day (partial) program.  You choose either Friday or Saturday classes.
  • Track II is a two-day (full) program.  You attend both Friday and Saturday classes.

You have completed Foundation Studies when you have taken both Friday and Saturday classes.  For those who choose Track I, it will take two years to complete Foundation Studies.

The dates for 2016-2017 are listed in the attached schedules below.

What is the tuition for Foundation Studies?

  • Track I is is $3,250.00 for Fridays, $4,450.00 for Saturdays.
  • Track II is $7,700.00.
  • Payment plans are available.
  • Financial Aid/Tuition Assistance is not available for Foundation Studies.
  • Tuition is subject to change without notice.

Is there Financial Aid/Tuition Assistance available for Foundation Studies?

No, there is no financial aid or tuition assistance available for Foundation Studies.

What payment plans are available?

After your non-refundable application fee of $125.00, a deposit of $500.00 is required to secure your placement in Foundation Studies.  The remaining balance can be paid in full ( a 3% discount is applied for this option) or in 8 equal payments.  Students sign an Enrollment Agreement and make their first payment prior to the first day of class.

Who do I contact if I have questions about Foundation Studies?

Your questions are welcome anytime at information@soundcircle.org.  Come to an Open House to learn more!  Please sign-up for our mailing list to receive the latest information.