Waldorf schools offer a developmentally appropriate, experiential, and academically rigorous approach to education. Founded in the early 20th century, Waldorf Education is based on the insights, teachings and principles of education outlined by the world-renowned artist and scientist, Rudolf Steiner. The principles of Waldorf Education evolved from an understanding of human development that address the needs of the growing child.
Integrating the arts in all academic disciplines, Waldorf inspires life-long learning, enabling students to fully develop their unique capacities. Our graduates are creative and ethically aware, intellectually prepared for the most demanding colleges and eager to engage with the world around them.
Our Grades faculty includes veteran teachers who, in addition to having completed Waldorf teacher training, bring an abundance of life experience to their work with the students. Our current faculty includes a Harvard-educated former college professor, a bilingual class teacher who has taken her MWS students from 1st through 6th grades, and two of the School’s founding teachers!
Each Class Teacher leads the class in morning main lesson, music, games/PE, and extra skills lessons. Special subject teachers instruct the students in Spanish, German, woodworking, and handwork. Our school also offers a band program in collaboration with the Overture Center.
In keeping with Waldorf pedagogy, we do not use traditional textbooks for instruction, but rather the Class Teacher leads students through the process of creating a main lesson book each year. Review of the main lesson book is one component of Waldorf assessment. Parent involvement and parent-teacher communication are essential components of supporting the developing child through Waldorf education.
Children are placed in a class according to age and ability. Our guideline is that a child is considered for first-grade readiness when they have turned six by June 1 of the summer prior to first grade. Our students enter first grade as a stand-alone class. After Grade 1, students develop socially and academically through combined classes.
The Waldorf middle school curriculum engages students in the scientific process of exploration, logical reasoning in conceptual mathematics, and the study of codified systems of governance. Students learn the physical laws of the universe and study the changes and migrations of cultural development in various historical eras. In all subjects, students engage in the processes of reformulating data, constructing theories, debating complex issues in light of influencing contexts and drawing conclusions based on well founded reasoning.
Our Waldorf graduates have the ability to integrate thinking; to assimilate information, as opposed to simply memorizing isolated facts; to be flexible, creative and willing to take intellectual risks; and are leaders with high ethical and moral standards who take initiative and are passionate to reach their goals.