There is one fully accredited Waldorf School in the state of Texas, the Austin Waldorf School. The mission of a Waldorf school is “…to develop free human beings who, of themselves, are able to give purpose and direction to their lives.”
Here are 3 things you should know about a Waldorf education:
The curriculum is designed to meet each stage of a student’s development from early childhood, through adolescence, into young adulthood. The programs demonstrate a continued commitment to providing a well-rounded educational experience integrating academic, artistic, and practical disciplines. Students in the grade school learn through observing and experiencing the natural world. They garden, build, knit, and enjoy rigorous physical activity throughout their day. The school year is full of opportunity for classes to explore Texas with visits to various historical sites and state parks. These field trips and camping excursions allow for highly impactful experiential learning. The Austin Waldorf School cultivates a love of learning, creative thinking, a sympathetic interest in the world, self-confidence, and an abiding moral purpose.
The model in a Waldorf school is that the teacher a student meets their first day of first grade, will be their main class teacher through eighth grade. The teachers move with their group of students. The students will have 6-12 additional teachers depending on where they are in the curriculum. There are separate subject teachers for Spanish, German, chorus, orchestra, handwork, woodworking, games/gym, movement class, and fine arts.
- Community and Tradition
Parents and friends within the greater community play a tremendous role in the culture at the Austin Waldorf School. Festivals throughout the year, including Pumpkin Walk, Winter Fair, and Maypole, are opportunities to add rhythm to both school and family life. Parent Volunteers engage with classes through class plays and field trips, adding to the strong family-like connection within each class. A community breakfast is held every Friday morning providing an opportunity for parents, guests, faculty, staff and students to connect in a friendly social atmosphere.
“A healthy social life is found only, when in the mirror of each soul the whole community finds its reflection, and when in the whole community the virtue of each one is living.” – Rudolf Steiner
Waldorf Education encourages creative problem solving and fosters empathy, empowering students to seek their individual path through adult life. It instills an appreciation of world cultures and history, with graduates understanding their individual impact as world citizens. If you would like to learn more, please visit www.austinwaldorf.org and search our site for schools inspired by the Waldorf philosophy and contact a center directly.