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What is Waldorf?

Why Waldorf?

What is Waldorf Education? Is it right for you and your family? In this short film Why Waldorf, parents recall and explore how they came to the decision to bring their children to Waldorf school.

We provide a holistic educational program of humanities, maths, sciences, world languages, music, and movement, as well as fine, practical, and performing arts, in a vibrant experiential learning environment that is connected to nature and community.

The Philosophy

In North America, Waldorf Education has been available since 1928. It has its roots in the spiritual-scientific research of the Austrian scientist and thinker Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925).


According to Steiner’s philosophy, anthroposophy, the human being is a threefold being of spirit, soul, and body whose capacities unfold in three developmental stages on the path to adulthood: early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence.

Today, there are more than 1,100 Waldorf schools and over 1,700 kindergartens in 80 countries worldwide. These schools exist in large cities and small towns, suburbs and rural enclaves. They have grown in response to the demand for education that truly meets the needs of childhood at all developmental levels.


Waldorf education is the fastest growing educational system in the world.

How It All Began

In April of 1919, Rudolf Steiner visited the Waldorf Astoria cigarette factory in Stuttgart, Germany. The German nation, defeated in war, was teetering on the brink of economic, social, and political chaos. Steiner spoke to the workers about the need for social renewal, for a new way of organizing society and its political and cultural life.


—  Rudolf Steiner

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