At the Waldorf school, teachers practice a holistic pedagogy that supports the developing human being on the journey from childhood to adulthood.
Early childhood teachers, encouraging movement and exploration, model a gentle work ethic for their students, creating a beautiful and safe environment in the early childhood classrooms and play spaces.
The Grade School Program – including Elementary and Middle School grades – engages students in intensive three-to-four-week studies of themes accompanied by high academic, artistic, and behavior standards that are designed to prepare the child for later demands on his or independent judgment. These Main Lesson Blocks provide students in grades one through eight with academic skills through the study of human culture that follows the awakening of human consciousness through history. The grade school class teacher serves as a loving authority who comes to know the students very well, thus being in a position to readily meet the needs of each individual student as well as the group.
Both programs hold the clear goals of cultivating a reverential attitude toward the world and the capacity to engage the imagination in the world; developing faculties of perception; and strengthening the will to carry out one’s own initiatives, whether through speech, athletics, mathematics, music, scientific discovery, or artistic expression. We see all of this as vital to the healthy development of the child toward adulthood.