Elementary Grades (Grade 1 – 5)

Waldorf schools offer a developmentally appropriate, experiential, and academically rigorous education to elementary school children. 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 addresses the needs of the growing child.

Grades6Integrating 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 their teacher training, bring an abundance of life experience to their work with the students.

DSC_2465Each 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 offers a band program in collaboration with the Overture Center.

Fifth and sixth graders prepare for their geology test by each blowing up their own inflatable globe. They then drew geologic features, freehand, to test their knowledge. As one student said, “We now have the world at our fingertips!”

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 assessed for first-grade readiness when they have turned six by June 1.