Ashwood Waldorf School (nursery through 8th grade) is situated on a spectacular 32-acre hillside campus with views of the Camden Hills, in the incomparably beautiful midcoast area of Maine. Now in our 37th year, we currently have approximately 70 students enrolled. Because of the rural environment that we live in, and our commitment to healthy social groups and predictability, we have implemented a successful and well-tried multi-age classroom model.
Ashwood was founded as an initiative of several families in midcoast Maine interested in Waldorf education. The first kindergarten was launched in 1986 in Lincolnville Center with the expansion of a small cabin near the Silverio residence on Proctor Road. A second kindergarten class opened in Rockport in 1990. This became the site for the main Ashwood campus in 1991 when a combined first-and-second grade class ushered in the grade school program. Ashwood enrolls students from throughout midcoast Maine, from as far north Montville and as far south as Damariscotta.
Our school is part of the international Waldorf movement, which began in Germany in 1919 when Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner founded the first Waldorf school. There are currently more than 1,100 Waldorf schools in 80 countries, including 125 schools in the United States.
In an atmosphere the 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.