The first Waldorf School was begun by Rudolf Steiner in 1919 in Stuttgart, Germany. An Austrian scientist and philosopher, Steiner described his collected teachings as “the knowledge of the true nature of the human being.” After the world had experienced the horrors of the first World War, he founded the first Waldorf School in response to a question put to him by benefactor Emil Molt: “Is there a way to educate children that will help them develop into human beings who will be capable of bringing peace to the world?”
There are now over 900 Waldorf schools in over eighty eighty countries that provide educational programs true to Steiner and Molt’s vision, schools that include activities for the hands as well as the mind, balancing physical, aesthetic and emotional development along with the intellectual, and serving the exact same explicit mission, described by Ronald Koetzsch, Ph.D. as
to help children become creative, independent, moral individuals, able of themselves to impart meaning and purpose to their lives.
Waldorf education strives to educate the whole child — head, heart, and hands — to work toward the three ideals of truth, beauty, and goodness. These three ideals taken together set the standard of education at our School, answering Steiner’s call:
…. imagination, a sense of truth, and a feeling of responsibility — these three forces are the very nerve of education.”
Our aim is to develop a balance of intellectual achievement, spiritual growth, physical health and personal responsibility, which is based on a profound understanding of the process of human development, and so each subject is introduced to the child when he or she is most ready for it, and in a manner to which the child is naturally receptive at that stage and year by year.
The content of the curriculum expands with the ever-growing powers of the child, nourishing the inner life through stories from fairy tales, legends, myths and history, and the outer life with the development of individual and social skills, which we believe lays the foundation for a truly healthy adult by developing the child’s wonder and sense of beauty in the world of nature and in all humanity.