Kimberton Waldorf School is dedicated to nurturing the developing child in accordance with the educational principles of Rudolf Steiner. The school supports the unfolding individuality of each child by awakening the child's capacity to meet the world, others, and the self with warmth of heart, clarity of thought, and strength of purpose.
It is also our mission to build a diverse community where the spiritual in each human being is recognized and to create social forms that ennoble human striving.
We will seek to employ individuals with a high level of competence in their fields, who have enthusiasm for working in an endeavor based on the educational and social principles of Rudolf Steiner. We strive for a diverse staff that will work out of a spirit of mutual support and collegiality.
Through deepening our understanding of the developing child and the pedagogy given by Rudolf Steiner and developed by Waldorf teachers around the world, we strive to meet the needs of the growing child in a changing world.
Our Financial Support
Kimberton Waldorf School is supported in many different ways. Financially, our support comes from tuitions, gifts, grants, and income from the school's invested funds. We seek to find mutually responsible financial relationships by:
- Considering tuition as support for the whole school rather than as fees for an individual child's education.
- Maintaining a strong financial aid program to foster a socio-economically diverse student body.
- Offering salaries to support individuals so that they may offer their skills and talents in service to the children and the school.
- Applying gifts to the work of supporting this school and Waldorf education in the world.
Our community includes students, parents, alumni, staff, and friends. Our vision of community is to meet each other in such a way that the uniqueness of each one is honored, that each may find his or her way to contribute to the community as a whole. In this way, we, as a community, may be a positive influence on the larger culture.
The community of Kimberton Waldorf School practices the building of supportive and renewing relationships by:
- Initiating an openness in governance processes.
- Creating a school community that is racially, economically, ethnically, and socially diverse.
- Fostering mutually enriching relationships with alumni.
- Developing relationships among anthroposophical initiatives.
- Initiating outreach activities that demonstrate the unique aspects of Waldorf education to the wider community.
- Students who are well-rounded, self-reliant, life-long learners, independent thinkers, and creative individuals, able to find meaning and purpose in work and life.
- Students who develop respect, compassion, and empathy for others and respect for the environment.
- Teachers who use creativity in meeting the needs of students through our program and our teaching.
- Teachers who are dedicated to the principles of Waldorf Education.
- Parents who encourage healthy lifestyles at home that support the goals of Waldorf Education
Management and Collegial Values
- Team work and collaboration
- Financial sustainability and transparency
- Environmental Sustainability
- Land and environmental stewardship
Principles That Help Us Translate Our Values Into Action
- A healthy childhood is the foundation that enables each child to become a self-directed, aware, and compassionate human being. We provide an education that is developmentally appropriate, based on an understanding of the stages of a child’s physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual development. We recognize the important role that parents play in the education of their children, and we ask that parents support the education at Kimberton by limiting exposure to media, and providing good, healthful food for their children, as well as healthy rhythms of meal times and bed times.
- We provide an education that addresses the whole human being – head, heart and hands – in a balanced way. By meeting the developmental needs of the child in all three dimensions of thinking, feeling and willing, we can best prepare them with the full range of skills and capacities needed for a meaningful life. In keeping with our focus on child development and on the whole child, our curriculum offers a rich balance of academics, arts, music, movement, and practical activity.
- Our education aims to develop intelligent, imaginative, self-confident and caring individuals who are capable of clear, independent thinking, sound moral judgment, healthy social interactions and who can carry their ideals into action grounded in the practical realities of life. Our hope is that, with the development of such inner capacities, children will be imbued with a lifelong passion for learning and life.
- Waldorf education acknowledges the spiritual nature of all human beings, and its unique curriculum is based on an understanding of the physical, soul and spiritual development of the child. This world-view, known as anthroposophy, is the ground out of which Waldorf education was developed by Rudolf Steiner, who founded the first Waldorf schools.
- Our faculty works together to deepen our understanding of Waldorf Education and to bring insight and creativity to our program and our teaching through weekly pedagogical meetings and section meetings for the high school, lower school, and early childhood departments, and through individual self-development.
- We respect the dignity of each person and aspire to be a diverse, healthy and collaborative community. We encourage in our students respect and compassion for others and we cultivate gratitude and reverence for the earth. We honor cultural and spiritual traditions from around the world and strive to introduce our students to them in an atmosphere of respect and appreciation for diversity.
- We are dedicated to creating an inclusive community that respects and affirms each of its members, honoring their diversity of ethnicity, family structure, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status. We are committed to an education that fundamentally recognizes and values the many peoples and perspectives of our community and the world. We are committed to treating our environment, the broader community and our fellow human beings with respect regardless of our differences, and to demonstrate this respect through open, clear, compassionate communication.
- We support an active parent association that works to build community between parents, teachers and staff.
- We strive for a meaningful level of communications with parents through class parent meetings, parent-teacher conferences, parent education events, and written communications from the school, including our weekly Messenger and monthly calendar.
Management and Collegial
- We practice a collaborative management structure in which teams of teachers, staff members and Board members work together to guide and manage the school’s affairs.
- We strive for excellence and accountability in our work through evaluation and review processes as well as through mentoring and support for professional development.
- Through our pedagogical program we seek to imbue in our students a sense of reverence and respect for the natural world. Through our gardening program we help our students understand what is involved in growing good, healthful food and help to connect them to the rhythms of the seasons.
- As land stewards we have placed most of the land on the school’s property under agricultural easement, which protects it from future development. The land is currently farmed using organic and biodynamic methods. Part of the school’s property is dedicated to a Community Supported Agriculture project that provides organic and biodynamic produce to many families in our area. Our riparian buffer along the little creek that runs through our campus helps to control erosion and run-off. We also compost and support recycling.
- Through our Green Committee we explore ways that we can continue to improve our practices and reduce our environmental impact.