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Waldorf Education

home-middle-schoolFOUNDED IN GERMANY in 1919 by Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner, Waldorf schools arose from the widespread search for new values after World War I.

Waldorf education is equally relevant today, when our children need to become creative thinkers, confident in their own abilities, possessing a reverence for life and a strong sense of personal responsibility. Indeed, the Waldorf system has become the fastest growing independent, non-denominational educational movement in the world, with schools all across the globe.

Each school is run autonomously and values meeting local needs, yet all Waldorf schools are united by a common educational philosophy.

Waldorf schools are known for their interdiscliplinary approach to education and their emphasis on the cultivation of imagination in childhood.

Its curriculum is structured to offer content at a time that is most effective in engaging children at each level of their development.

Waldorf students experience subject matter in many ways, including discussion, movement, and artistic rendering. They are challenged and inspired at each stage of growth.

Some of the key characteristics of Waldorf education are:

  • respect for the value of childhood
  • space and time for young children to grow, explore, and discover the world
  • cultivation of imagination in students, leading to creative problem-solving
  • meaningful experiences of the natural world and our place in it
  • experiential learning of science and mathematics
  • art and music integrated throughout the curriculum
  • nurturing social development
  • character-building work and stories

Our goal is that Ashwood graduates feel confident in their ability to try new things, able express themselves well in varied contexts, respect others, are curious about the world around them, and feel a sense of purpose and possibility for the future.

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