Founded in 1947, The Waldorf School of Garden City is an independent, coeducational, college-preparatory day school for students age three through twelfth grade. Our philosophy is based on the values of imagination, integrity, hard work, kindness, personal and social responsibility, and mutual respect. We are dedicated to providing a rigorous, liberal arts education that focuses on the development of the whole human being. Emphasis is placed on a multidisciplinary approach to learning through a curriculum that balances the physical, artistic, social and intellectual needs of our students. Our nurturing environment and diverse community enable our students to excel as educated and compassionate individuals whose lives are enriched by their lifelong passion for learning.
The Waldorf Approach
The term “Waldorf” refers to an educational approach developed by Austrian philosopher named Rudolf Steiner. Steiner wrote [that]:
"The heart of the Waldorf method is that education is an art -- it must speak to the child’s experience. To educate the whole child, his heart and his will must be reached as well as his mind."
In Waldorf schools no single capacity is viewed as more important than another. To foster a child’s healthy development, insightful thinking must rest upon a strong foundation of purposeful activity as well as a framework of emotional development.
With 90 years of proven curriculum experience, Waldorf education has nearly 2,500 schools and kindergartens in over 60 countries. Over 94% of North American Waldorf graduates gain admission to a post-secondary school of their choice and 50% go on to postgraduate education.
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The Waldorf School of Garden City educates children to meet the world with purpose, gratitude and respect.
Our curriculum, inspired by Rudolf Steiner, progresses in accordance with child development, awakening students to the experience of knowledge, strengthening their sense of moral responsibility, and empowering them to act with courage and conviction.
The School’s aim is to graduate a diverse group of young men and women distinguished by the scope and acuity of their minds as well as the depth and integrity of their character.
The Waldorf School of Garden City is committed to fostering a fully inclusive school community and welcomes students and staff of all races, ethnicities, nationalities, religions, socio-economic backgrounds, sexual orientations and spiritual values.