Kimberton Waldorf School has had a long history of environmental education and practices. The Kimberton Farm School was established in 1941 as a bio-dynamic farm and school. Our commitment to our students, the environment and our campus for health and sustainability has been at the forefront of our mission, values and philosophy for 75 years.
US Department of Education Green Ribbon School
Kimberton Waldorf School is in the process of researching and applying for Green Ribbon School recognition. The award honors schools that strive for 21st century excellence and demonstrate progress in making their school healthier, safer and more sustainable. The Three Pillars or areas of impact are:
- Reducing environmental impact and costs, including waste, water, energy use and alternative transportation
- Improving the health and wellness of students and staff
- Providing effective sustainability education
National studies and existing green school programs have shown benefits from an ongoing commitment to health and sustainability in things such as cost savings; improved student and staff productivity and health; STEM knowledge and engagement, enhanced critical thinking skills, civics skills and values, preparation for green jobs of the future, and reduced behavioral problems.
Admissions Plant a Tree Program
As part of our continued commitment towards environmental stewardship, the admissions office has implemented a program to offset the carbon footprint of the admissions office and to align with the organization wide commitment to sustainability. For every inquiry that the admissions office receives, we will plant a tree through the Arbor Day Reforestation program. We anticipate planting more than 400 trees this year.
The Kimberton Waldorf School Campus
Kimberton Waldorf School consists of a breathtaking 430 acres with rolling hills, farm, bubbling creek and forest. On our campus we have the French Creek Conservation Trail which is used daily by students for both educational and recreational purposes. Our Forest, Farm and Field Kindergarten classroom is nestled within the trees along the trail. We are a certified Audubon Bird Habitat as well as a Certified Pollinator Habitat. Our 9th grade class is in charge of installing and maintaining birdhouses throughout the campus to encourage and support the dozens of varieties of birds that call our campus home.
We continuously extend opportunities to our community to experience our campus and the wide variety of wildlife and native plants. We co-hosted with the French and Pickering Creek Conservation Trust a tour to highlight our efforts for conservation, water stewardship and riparian buffers. Our Trail Run attracts hundreds of guests to our campus to run along the French Creek.
We have an ongoing commitment to our campus and facilities to use clean and sustainable practices for maintenance and housekeeping; to prepare and serve healthy organic food to our students and staff; and to recycle, compost and limit our energy consumption.
Environmental education is taught in every grade from the tiniest of students who develop a reverence for nature, to our lower school students learning in our organic garden curriculum and seed to feed program for our organic kitchen to our high school students learning about complex environmental subjects and issues. Our faculty, staff and parents are committed to the stewardship and sustainability of our students, our campus, our families and our school.
Our campus is host to multiple social service programs where children are able to come and experience organic gardening, woodlands and learning about the environment and sustainability.
Plant a Tree
For every inquiry that the admissions office receives, we will plant a tree through the Arbor Day Reforestation program. We anticipate planting more than 400 trees this year.