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Values & Principles


Values

Pedagogical/Educational
  • Students who are well-rounded, self-reliant, lifelong 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
  • Families who encourage healthy lifestyles at home that support the goals of Waldorf Education
Social/Community
  •  Diversity
  • Tolerance
  • Inclusion
  • Kindness
  • Respect
  • Courtesy
  • Honesty
  • Openness
  • Positivity
Environmental
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Land and environmental stewardship
Management/Collegial
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Excellence
  • Accountability
  • Financial sustainability and transparency

Principles

Pedagogical
  • 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.
Social
  • 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/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.
Environmental
  • 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.
Diversity

Kimberton Waldorf School welcomes students, parents, faculty, and staff of all races and sexual orientations, and of all faiths and creeds. We respect and support each individual’s spiritual beliefs and practices.

It is a fundamental goal of our education to bring students to an understanding and experience of the common humanity of all of the world’s people, transcending the stereotypes, prejudices, and divisive barriers of classification by sex, race, religion, nationality, and ability.

This is accomplished through our carefully crafted curriculum, which gives students a deep and rich experience of selected religious traditions and cultural/historical milieus and by school-wide and individual grade celebrations of seasonal festivals.

We reject racism in all its forms, and embrace the principles of common humanity expressed by the founder of Waldorf Education:

[We] must cast aside the division into races. [We] must seek to unite people of all races and nations, and to bridge the divisions and differences between various groups of people.
—Rudolf Steiner, The Universal Human, Lecture 1

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The Graduates

What I like about the Waldorf School is, quite simply, its graduates…They are interesting people. They can converse intelligently on almost any issue, because they have been taught to examine. They can be enormously sympathetic to almost anyone’s plight because they have been taught to tolerate. They can gracefully dance or score a goal because they have been taught to move. They can circulate among the various groups on campus and engage in a variety of activities because they have been taught to harmonize.

James Shipman, History Department, Marin Academy November 17, 2016

From the Dean