"We are so grateful that this experiential approach to growth and learning is available and embraces our children's uniqueness. We have witnessed the intentional focus to awaken and grow both academic intelligence and emotional intelligence. We love that Waldorf engages the children's minds, emotions and bodies -- helping them take in so much more and awakening a deeper passion to learn."
-- Jamie E., parent
Thank You for supporting Waldorf Education!
We're Launching our 40th Year Annual Fund!
Waldorf stories from the heart...
WSSS alumnus and parent Merry Penk shares her story
"We became part of the Waldorf family and educational community when my son Justin transitioned to the school for his sixth grade year after spending his elementary years at public school. During public school, Justin struggled with focus and getting lost during lessons amongst a larger class environment, often missing important details and falling behind his peers. Since being at the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs, Justin has flourished academically in the smaller environment, benefiting from one-to-one instruction as well as their extraordinary way of teaching. One memorable story is watching his class do a circus performance at two large events, one including the annual downtown trick or treat every October. Watching Justin's focus on each movement and the precision he had in those movements was amazing to see as a parent, knowing how focus and attention was always something he struggled with in public school. Now we also have our youngest daughter at Waldorf and it continues to be wonderful to see the outstanding education transform her as a student as well. My husband and I highly recommend Waldorf education, a learning philosophy that brings out the best in children everywhere!"
- Michele H. Davis, parent of students Justin and Jaina
“Although my years as a Forest Kindergarten parent have passed, I recall them with fondness and appreciation. A memorable moment occurred just before the end-of-year picnic when my rising first grader confidently said, ‘I never want to leave my school, because I don’t want to learn anything.’ Her statement still makes me smile four years later. It completely embodies everything our family loves about Waldorf and the Early Childhood Program. She experienced her three years at the Forest as a time to simply play in the woods. I saw her joyfully discovering skills she needed for the grades. The rich language of songs and stories, the risk-taking of leaping from rocks and climbing trees, and the fine-motor skills found through sewing and food preparation allow her to successfully navigate the challenging academic work she happily faces today.”
“On my first visit to the camus on York Avenue, I noticed so much beautiful artwork. It was organized in groups based on theme, yet each piece was remarkably different. I look back on their difference and see a metaphor for the experience that has followed: Harry was given permission, and constant encouragement, to be his true self. At WSSS, Harry discovered a certain peace to his days. While grades 6-8 brought challenges, Harry learned to focus, returned to his curiosity, and rekindled his joy of learning. Waldorf offers an approach to academics that is holistic and supportive, in tune with his development.”
-Carla Metz, employee and parent of Harry
“In today’s world children, and young adults are faced with so many outlining stressors. I did not want school to be one of those for my children. I wanted them to enjoy going to school. I wanted my children to be immersed in nature where they could acquire an appreciation for the different elements and the beauty each season has to offer. I wanted it to be a safe place for them to learn, and grow. Where music, movement, and the arts were integral, and smiles, laughter, and happiness succeeded standards, and testing. Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs does this, and more.”
"Our three daughters had the privilege to attend the Saratoga Waldorf school starting as toddlers in the parent/child class. We spent 15 years in the Saratoga Waldorf community and miss it everyday! Upon moving to California, we made the decision to put the children in public school. This was mostly a financial decision, but there was a big part of us that wondered if they could succeed outside of a Waldorf community. We were amazed at their transition.
My ninth grader transitioned into a high school of 2300 students. She quickly figured out the system, joined the city rowing team, and achieved straight A’s in her first semester. While the transition to such a huge school was disorienting, she was fascinated by the experience and took it on with excitement. There were many times that she mentioned how grateful she was for the intense homework during her eighth-grade year with Mrs. Ravenstar because the assignments, tests and homework completely prepared her for public high school.
My seventh grader entered a large middle school. She spent the first month pulled back socially (so she could figure out who to be friends with) and after that first month, she was able to assemble a group of eclectic friends from India, Colorado, and Arizona. She achieved straight A’s, and while she finds public school extremely boring, she is thriving academically and socially. Many times, she said couldn’t believe the quality of teaching from her Waldorf teachers—how much they prepare and how interesting they make course material. I was glad she could appreciate the quality of education she had grown accustomed to with Mrs Crandall!
My fifth grader was super excited to join a class with a lot of girls (friend options!), however, she struggled academically at first. She entered into the class with some differences in the education that she received, but the teachers worked with her and after five months she is completely caught up academically. I’m sad she won’t have the slow academic pace that my other daughters received at Waldorf.
I am super grateful for the acceleration of academics in the Saratoga Waldorf middle school. Each of my kids were prepared for middle and high school due to the academic rigor that was instilled in them during 6-8 grade.
Thank you for all you did for my children!"
-Kim Beekman, parent
Our school, founded in Fall 1981, now enthusiastically celebrates its 40th birthday! Unlike human beings, who generally mutter their advancing milestones, academic institutions tend to shout out their natal achievements. Forty years! Forty years of Waldorf education in Saratoga Springs!
We are proud to be part of the community, and proud of the alumni and students we have educated over the last four decades. Founders, parents, teachers, students, the greater Saratoga Springs community—thank you!
While we take this moment to celebrate our institutional longevity, we also realize that in many ways a school isn’t founded just once. It’s founded, or rather re-founded, every day we open our doors. Its definition is continually refined and requires steadfast TLC, as any living organism does. With care, diligence and sensitivity, we continue to renew and give our energy to promulgate our mission. Each generation tries to leave the school better than they found it and the baton passes through time. Past, present and future have an important place for us: A respect, remembrance and utility of knowing our history, a gratitude and appreciation for our present standing, and our continual planning and striving for the future.
Today, we ask for your help in supporting our present and future work. Tuition revenue does not cover all of our operating expenses which makes the annual fund key to filling the gap. This year is particularly important: Although the pandemic revealed our flexibility, adaptability and strength, it also significantly increased operating expenses and has limited traditional fundraising efforts. Your support is essential to our vision of providing a meaningful education experience during these challenging times and into the future.
We joyfully recognize the potential that remains for our school to grow and change. At forty years, we’ve only just begun. Will you join us in continuing our mission by giving generously to our 40th year’s annual fund today?
You may donate directly online, or use our mailing address listed below. If you have any questions about giving or development, please contact Carla Metz at email@example.com
As you share your stories and connect to the stories of other Waldorf families, please consider supporting our school through a much needed and appreciated donation to the Annual Fund. Click on the green "donate" button —we need your support today!