Founded in the early 20th century, Waldorf Education is based on the insights, teachings and principles of education outlined by the world renowned artist, philosopher, and scientist, Dr. Rudolf Steiner. The principles of Waldorf Education evolve from an understanding of human development that address the needs of the growing child.
Music, dance, theater, writing, literature, legends and myths are not simply subjects to be read about and tested. They are experienced. Through these experiences, Waldorf students cultivate their intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual capacities to be individuals certain of their paths and to be of service to the world.
Professors who have taught Waldorf students across many academic disciplines and across a wide range of campuses—from State Universities to Ivy League—note that Waldorf graduates have the ability to integrate thinking; to assimilate information as opposed to memorizing isolated facts; to be flexible, creative and willing to take intellectual risks; and are leaders with high ethical and moral standards who take initiative and are passionate to reach their goals. Waldorf graduates are highly sought after in higher education.
Teachers in Waldorf schools are dedicated to generating an inner enthusiasm for learning within every child. This eliminates the need for competitive testing, academic placement, and rewards to motivate learning and allows motivation to arise from within. It helps engender the capacity for joyful life-long learning.
Waldorf Education is independent and inclusive. It upholds the principles of freedom in education and engages independent administration locally, continentally and internationally. It is regionally appropriate education with hundreds of schools worldwide today. Waldorf Education is truly inspired learning.
Our Educational Philosophy
The Davis Waldorf School follows the curriculum developed by Rudolf Steiner. The multi-modal program balances artistic, academic and practical work to educate the child on cognitive, physical, social and emotional levels. The developmentally-oriented curriculum, permeated with the arts, addresses the child's development as it unfolds, stage by stage. Imagination, creativity and social responsibility are emphasized. We believe children grow and thrive in a creative and nurturing learning environment. Our goal is to educate so when students leave our school, they are confident they can bring all their gifts of heart and mind, imagination and discipline to whatever purpose and direction they choose for their lives.
The aim of Waldorf education, as stated by Rudolf Steiner, is “to develop free human beings who are able, within themselves, to impart purpose and direction to their lives.” Waldorf education builds connections between intellect and feeling, body and spirit, imagination and practical ability. Waldorf graduates can be dreamers and innovators, artists and scientists, thinkers and spiritual human beings. Creative human beings who have the ability to analyze the “big picture” will have the integrity and moral compass to change our world. The Waldorf curriculum integrates academic, artistic, and practical studies. Waldorf teachers strive to develop in each child the ability to act out of freedom, based on knowledge, self-reliance, and skill in body, mind, and spirit.
The heart of the Waldorf method is the conviction that education is an art - it must speak to the child's experience. To educate the whole child, the heart and will must be reached as well as the mind.