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Our History

Kimberton Waldorf School, founded in 1941 by Alarik and Mabel Pew Myrin, is the second-oldest Waldorf School in North America. Located in semi-rural Chester County, Pennsylvania, the school serves approximately 300 students from early childhood through grade twelve.

With over 1,000 Waldorf schools worldwide and more than 250 in the United States alone, Kimberton Waldorf School is part of one of the largest and fastest-growing independent school movements in the world. Kimberton is a founding member of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America and is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Kimberton welcomes children of all cultural, racial, and religious backgrounds.

Our Philosophy

Kimberton Waldorf School offers a developmentally-appropriate, experiential approach to education. We integrate the arts and academics for children from preschool through twelfth grade, seeking to inspire a lifelong love of learning in all students and to enable each to fully develop his or her unique capacities.

Founded in Europe in the early 20th century, Waldorf Education is based on the insights, teachings, and principles of education outlined by the scientist and philosopher Rudolf Steiner. The principles of Waldorf Education evolve from a profound understanding of human development that address the needs of the growing child. These principles inspire and guide teachers, administrators, trustees, and parents today.

Our curriculum is broad and comprehensive; it is structured to respond to the developmental phases of childhood. Our teachers know that the best way to give meaningful support to the child is to understand these phases fully and to provide “age-appropriate” content that nourishes healthy growth for the Waldorf student. Music, dance and theater, writing, literature, legends, and myths are not simply subjects to be read about and tested. They are experienced. 

Through these experiences, our students cultivate their intellectual, emotional, and physical capacities to become life long learners with an inner confidence in their own abilities to think, create, and do.

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