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About Waldorf

About Waldorf

Founded in 1971, the Waldorf School of Baltimore is an independent, coeducational day school for students in nursery through 8th grade. One of over 1,000 Waldorf schools in over 60 countries, and an additional 2,000 early childhood programs in 80 countries, we offer a program whose curriculum, pace of day, and extracurricular activities are all tailored to the specific needs of children at each unique stage of development.

Our program is based on the nearly 100-year-old, internationally respected and proven Waldorf educational system. We are dedicated to providing a rigorous, liberal arts education that focuses on academic excellence and creative, intellectual and spiritual growth. The Waldorf approach to education empowers each child to respond to personal and societal challenges from a solid ethical foundation and with a free mind.

The Waldorf School of Baltimore is committed to a fully inclusive school community. We encourage and welcome students and staff of all races, ethnicities, nationalities, religions, socio-economic backgrounds, sexual orientations and spiritual values.

We are accredited by the Association of Independent Maryland & DC Schools (AIMS) and fully licensed by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). We are a full member of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) and of Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN).

The Waldorf Approach

The word “Waldorf” is used to refer to an educational method developed by Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner in 1919. He viewed no single capacity as more important than another. His approach fosters a child’s healthy growth and insightful thinking resting on a strong foundation of purposeful activity and careful emotional development. Our Waldorf curriculum is structured to address developmental learning milestones within two key developmental phases of childhood: from birth to approximately 6 or 7 years, and from 7 to 14 years.

Rudolf Steiner meant to prepare students to face the world as it was to be throughout their life, not just as it was in any given moment. He felt, as our mission states, this is best achieved by educating children to think, feel, and act with depth, imagination, and purpose. To achieve this, our teachers mission is two-fold. It is not enough to simply teach any subject to proficiency, in each area the opportunity to engender a lifelong love of learning arises. A critical way in which this is done is to teach each subject dynamically using rich pictorial presentations.

Getting children involved in learning through their head (intellectual involvement in a subject), their hands (experiencing a subject by doing) and their heart (living into a subject in an emotional way so as to connect the whole). These methods have successfully shown to eliminate the need for outer rewards so often found elsewhere in education such as prize bins for doing well, student of the day awards, etc. that create a overly competitive and less cooperative learning environment. Instead, motivation for learning grows from within, increasing and fostering the desire for lifelong learning. 

Our progressive school provides high-quality education to the young in many areas in Maryland, including the following: 

“We must recognize in the children who are born today a preview of what must be developed in the coming generations; we must learn to educate prophetically.”

— Rudolf Steiner

Teachers at Waldorf schools are trained to focus on the individual child as well as the group. Depending on the unique qualities of each student, the teacher asks themselves how they can help to achieve academic excellence, love of learning, respect for themselves and for the world, as well as an emerging sense of meaning for their lives.

As of 2014, Waldorf education has nearly 2,500 schools and kindergartens in over 60 countries. Waldorf education is truly global, not only in scope but in its approach. Waldorf schools form the largest organization of independent schools in the world. Over 94% of North American Waldorf graduates gain admission to a post-secondary school of their choice and 50% go on to postgraduate education.