Welcome to Ashwood Waldorf School, an independent, pre-K through eighth grade learning community. Ashwood offers a rigorous, classical education structured around the stages of human development. Our professional faculty is devoted to challenging and engaging each student through a curriculum that integrates science and mathematics with literature, history, and the arts. Ashwood graduates are vibrant, balanced and confident individuals with the initiative to learn, adapt, and thrive in a changing world.
“[My daughter] wrote her college essay about her experience at Ashwood and its profound influence on the student and person that she has become. [I am] so grateful for all of you there and for how the Waldorf experience changed our lives.” — parent whose Ashwood alumni had recently been accepted to Mount Holyoke College
Waldorf is the largest and fastest-growing independent school movement in the world. Founded more 90 years ago by Rudolf Steiner, there are today more than 1,000 Waldorf schools worldwide.
At the heart of the Waldorf philosophy is the belief that education is an art. As such, the curriculum is designed to ignite the child’s imagination and develop capacities for creative and independent thinking.
Ashwood Waldorf School is an independent coeducational school, accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), and is a member of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) and the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN).
Ashwood has had a presence in midcoast Maine for 32 years, enrolling children from Damariscotta to Belfast and beyond.
Ashwood Waldorf School is an early childhood through eighth-grade learning community based on the insights of Rudolf Steiner and imbued with a deep reverence for the spiritual nature of the human being.
We provide a balanced and rigorous education, integrating academics with the arts, nature, and social values.
In an atmosphere that encourages respect for oneself, others and the environment, we build a foundation for lifelong learning and adaptability, fostering inner strength and preparing children to thrive in a changing world.
We are a school that values responsible decision-making, diversity, meaningful relationships with our community, and the stewardship of the environment.
Our work is supported by a dedicated parent body.
Surrounded by the natural beauty of midcoast Maine, Ashwood students learn and play, both inside the classroom and outdoors, growing each year in their appreciation for seasonal rhythms and the world around them.
Position Statement on Diversity
Waldorf schools are independent schools, which are designed to educate all children, regardless of their cultural or religious backgrounds. This pedagogical method is comprehensive, and, as part of its task, seeks to bring recognition and understanding to world cultures and religions. The Waldorf School, founded in 1919 by Rudolf Steiner, is not affiliated with any one particular religion.
Ashwood Waldorf School is committed to developing the human potential of each child to its fullest. Admission to the schools is open to everyone, without regard to race, physical ability, gender identity, sexual orientation, creed, religion, national origin, or ethnicity. In company with many other tuition-based independent schools, Waldorf schools seek ways to increase the economic and ethnic diversity of their student populations.
It is a fundamental goal of our education to bring students to an understanding and experience of the common humanity of all the world’s peoples, transcending the stereotypes, prejudices, and divisive barriers of classification by gender, race and nationality. We most emphatically reject racism, and all other forms of discrimination, and embrace the principles of common humanity expressed by the founder of Waldorf education, Rudolf Steiner: “[We] must cast aside the division into races. [We] must seek to unite people of all races and nations, and to bridge the divisions and differences between various groups of people.”
Board and faculty approved, March 2019