Tradition &

Our History

Unique in its inception, The Waldorf School of Garden City was founded in 1947 as a demonstration School for teacher training in the Waldorf method at Adelphi’s Education Department. On eleven acres of suburban property, The Demonstration School of Adelphi College was built in seven stages from 1947 to 1958. In 1969, an outdoor classroom for science study, The Nature Trail, was planted by students and teachers on the perimeter of the School’s property. In 1971 the School’s campus was expanded further when William Harrer gave his farm (Glen Brook) in Marlborough, New Hampshire, to Peter Curran (former principal of the high school), who in turn asked permission to give it to The Waldorf School for programs of study during the School year. Overtime, the Waldorf School of Garden City became a separate institution in its own right and became the first Waldorf School to become accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Drawing on over 70 years as a demonstrated leader in education, The Waldorf School of Garden City has moved with confidence into the twenty-first century integrating innovation with our traditional strengths. Our School was created to give students the strong foundation they need – not just for their education, but also for their lives beyond our School. Everything we do today is tied to that vision, and it’s the reason our alumni go on to lead remarkable lives.