An approach to education that’s beyond smart.
There’s a reason Waldorf schools have been some of the most in-demand schools worldwide for 100 years. The academics are rigorous, and get more so with every grade, but we understand that a child is much more than their brain and academic abilities.
For a child to grow into a confident, well-rounded adult, they need a comprehensive educational foundation that goes beyond the academic and the intellectual. A Waldorf education meets your child where they are and helps them develop socially, emotionally, physically and spiritually, all while giving them what they need to succeed academically.
That is exactly what a Waldorf education strives to do, and it’s why our academic curriculum in every grade is integrated with a variety of practical and fine arts, music, movement, play and plenty of time in nature. While what we teach is critical, how we teach it is what truly sets Waldorf apart from all other educational methods.
Our students are tested every day.
Waldorf education goes well beyond the textbook-based book learning, memorization, and test preparation that’s a focus in most other public and private schools. Our experiential curriculum, led by a supportive faculty, is engaging and active every step of the way. It’s through this approach that our students forge a deeper understanding of every subject they encounter, whether it’s algebra, Spanish, botany, violin, or even knitting and gardening. While we might not give our students fill in-the-bubble standardized tests, they’re truly tested every single day by their active participation in a range of challenging subjects.
Problem solvers, creative thinkers, lifelong learners.
The results can be remarkable. Students develop into enthusiastic learners. They’re curious, creative thinkers and confident problem solvers. They’re poised and disciplined beyond their age, they thrive on challenges, and when they speak, they get noticed. It’s an educational foundation that will serve them well into the future, through the challenges of high school, into college and far beyond as they seek meaningful ways to contribute in the world. It’s an education that’s designed for a lifetime of learning.
100 years old, but built for the 21st century.
It’s these noticeable, striking results that have made Waldorf education a global movement since the first school was founded by philosopher Rudolf Steiner in Stuttgart, Germany in 1919. One hundred years later, there are over 1,000 schools in more than 60 countries worldwide, with 150 schools in the United States alone.
Much of the current thinking about education and brain development is finally catching up to the methods developed by Rudolf Steiner over a century ago. From an emphasis on free play over academics in the preschool and kindergarten to the importance of movement, physical education, and nature to a child’s mental and intellectual development, key aspects of Waldorf education are only now being recognized as critical by mainstream educators and child psychologists.
It’s amazing that a 100-year-old approach to education is the one best prepared to help children face the challenges of the century ahead.