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The Rudolf Steiner School

15 East 79th Street
New York, NY 10021

(212) 535-2130


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Waldorf

From the Director:

"Waldorf Philosophy: The Rudolf Steiner School is part of a rapidly growing international community of schools that embraces Waldorf education. These schools share a common philosophy, a methodological approach, and a basic curriculum. The Waldorf schools are committed to academic excellence and offer their students a rigorous classical education in preparation for the most demanding colleges. Waldorf pedagogy nurtures healthy emotional development by conveying knowledge experientially as well as academically. The heart of the Waldorf philosophy is the belief that education is an artistic process." (SOURCE: from website)

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Since 1928, the Rudolf Steiner School has been preparing students to meet the challenges of modern life.

Our education is based on a deep understanding of the needs of the growing child and the maturing adolescent. Through our rich curriculum and innovative teaching methods, we address the whole child, working to develop clarity in thought, balance in feeling, and conscience and initiative in action.

Our rigorous academic program challenges students to develop clear, creative thought and expression, and our nurturing social environment gives students confidence. Most of all, the close human relationships at our school help students develop a strong sense of themselves and an awareness of others.

Graduates of the Rudolf Steiner School recognize that they received a unique education: one that stimulated their intelligence, encouraged their creativity, and developed their practical skills. Ours is an education that balances individual development with a sense of social responsibility; an education born of devotion and infused with ideals; an education for the future; an education for life." (SOURCE: from website)

A Typical Day

"For three year olds the day begins with a long period of free play. All toys are made of natural materials, with simple forms that stimulate the children's imaginations.

Playtime is followed by circle time, consisting of verses, nursery rhymes, songs, circle games, and book time.

Then the children gather for a snack, before going to Central Park, where - always under close watch - they explore, dig, run, jump, and exercise their imaginations.

When they return, the morning ends with a nature story, or a folk or fairy tale.

The week has its rhythms as well, and seasonal activities such as harvesting acorns and planting bulbs deepen the children's awareness of the natural world.

Reverent celebrations of festivals develop both a sense of greater community and a rich inner life of feeling." (SOURCE: from website)

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school