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16245 Westside Hwy SW
Vashon, WA, 98070

206-466-7398

Homestead is a place-based multi-age learning community located on 7 acres of farm and woodlands, on Vashon’s Westside. We offer a hands-on, hearts-on embodied curriculum rooted in practices that promote social intelligence and connection to the natural world. Our curriculum seeks to provide children with tools and support for living a full, balanced and creative life by giving equal value to each of the four windows of knowing: feeling, imagining, sensing and thinking. Mentors honor each child’s unique gifts and learning styles, supported by our small mentor-student ratio. Homestead children, mentors and families journey together to create a learning community rooted in compassion,  connection and gratitude.

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mentor bio

Dana Schuerholz, B.S. Syracuse University, founded the Homestead School in 2007.  In 2016, to embody an eight year evolution of an alternative educational model, Homestead became the Vashon Green School. The new name reflects her passion for sustainable, progressive, ground breaking educational opportunities.  Dana's myriad experiences with education, community organizing, social activism, photojournalism (in the US and in Latin America), organic agriculture, permaculture and parenting bring her to this work. She has taught in public and private schools from primary to college level. She was an artist-in-residence in Seattle Public Schools for 8 years, specializing in media literacy. A life learner, she embraces the challenges and joys of mentoring and believes that a foundation in the arts and deep understanding of the natural world nurtures a life guided by one’s soul.

 

Main lesson story telling is a central component of the curriculum.

Main lesson story telling is a central component of the curriculum.

  Dana and students post native planting on the site of our stream restoration project at the farm in partnership with King Conservation District. 

 

Dana and students post native planting on the site of our stream restoration project at the farm in partnership with King Conservation District. 

Dana and Indigo building duck boxes for a conservation project on Meadow Lake Pond, Vashon Island, WA in partnership with Vashon Maury Landtrust and King County Parks Department.

Dana and Indigo building duck boxes for a conservation project on Meadow Lake Pond, Vashon Island, WA in partnership with Vashon Maury Landtrust and King County Parks Department.

 

 

 
 As citizen science research we continue our conservation project through annual monitoring of the native wood duck boxes we installed at Meadowlake Pond, in Island Center Forest.  We report findings to the King County Parks District and the Vashon-Maury Landtrust. 

 As citizen science research we continue our conservation project through annual monitoring of the native wood duck boxes we installed at Meadowlake Pond, in Island Center Forest.  We report findings to the King County Parks District and the Vashon-Maury Landtrust. 

The dirt beneath your fingernails
is precious sacred soil.
Your tears of joy and pain
are life giving rain.
Wind is your breath
spreading seeds of dreams to grow.
Warm rays of sunshine 
are starlight in your soul. 

--Dana, 2012                           
 chorus to the end of the year song