What is Waldorf?

“To truly know the world, look deeply within your own being: To truly know yourself, take real interest in the world.”

Rudolf Steiner

All Waldorf education is based on a profound understanding of human development that addresses the needs of the growing child. Teachers strive to transform education into an art that educates the whole child—the heart and the hands, as well as the head.

Developed by Rudolf Steiner in 1919, it has become a worldwide movement. In the United States, it became possible to develop a curriculum in the public realm only after charter schools came into being. As a member of the Alliance For Public Waldorf Education, SICS is guided by the Core Principles of Public Waldorf education.

When you enter a classroom, the first thing you may notice is the care given to the room. The walls are usually painted in lively colors and are adorned with student artwork. Evidence of student activity is everywhere to be found and every desk holds a uniquely created main lesson book.

Teachers are dedicated to generating an inner enthusiasm for learning within every child. They achieve this in a variety of ways. Even seemingly dry and academic subjects are presented in a pictorial and dynamic manner. This eliminates the need for competitive testing, academic placement, and behavioristic rewards to motivate learning. It allows motivation to arise from within and helps engender the capacity for joyful lifelong learning.

Our curriculum is broad and comprehensive, structured to respond to the three main developmental phases of childhood: from birth to approximately 6 or 7 years, from 7 to 14 years, and from 14 to 18 years. Rudolf Steiner stressed to teachers that the best way to provide meaningful support for the child is to comprehend these phases fully and to bring “age appropriate” content to the children that nourishes healthy growth and will enable them to meet 21st century challenges.

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