Mission & Vision

Mission Statement

At the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs we cultivate academic knowledge, artistic work, and practical skills in our students.  The faculty is dedicated to the unfolding of every individual’s potential as a talented and able human being.  We strive to enrich each student’s capacity for imagination and aim to inspire a life-long love for learning and a reverence for life.  Our goal is to educate so that our graduates are confident and eager to enter a life of individual initiative and social responsibility.  Our school fosters moral strength so that the qualities of Truth, Beauty and Goodness permeate the human spirit.  The faculty builds a vibrant learning environment in cooperation with the parent community.  The Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs has as its foundation the pedagogical work of Rudolf Steiner and the ongoing research of the Waldorf Movement.

About Waldorf Education

Waldorf education is based on the research into child development conducted by Austrian educator and philosopher Rudolf Steiner. (1861-1925).  Central to the philosophical beliefs of Rudolf Steiner is that each person consists of a body, soul and spirit. His overall body of work is called “Anthroposophy” or “wisdom of the human being.”  Neither the word “Anthroposophy” nor the philosophy is taught to students, but serves as inspiration for the teachers.

Waldorf education recognizes the simple but profound insight that children learn in distinctly different ways at different stages of their development. They also learn by encountering the world.  Waldorf teachers strive to educate the human being through all three soul capacities of thinking, feeling, and will (doing). In each subject, whether it is history or language, math or science, painting, singing or movement, teaching is essentially an artistic process.

Waldorf schools are nonsectarian. Values such as respect for self and others, universal to all religious and spiritual traditions, are upheld in the classrooms. Spiritual leaders of many cultures are studied through the history of world civilizations. The question of religion is left strictly to the family.

 

An International Network

The growing popularity of Waldorf Education has made it the fastest growing independent school movement in the world. The Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs is one of more than 800 Waldorf schools in over 40 countries. In North America there are over 150 schools affiliated with the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America, and several public schools using Waldorf methods to enrich their teaching.  Each aims to prepare children to meet the challenges of our world and the future “with clarity of thought, a caring heart and confidence to initiate change.”

The Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs is committed to equal-opportunity education and welcomes families of all ethnic, social, and religious backgrounds.