Receive the children in reverence, educate them in love, and send them forth in freedom. – Rudolph Steiner
On behalf of everyone at Kimberton Waldorf School, welcome! We share your commitment and dedication to providing children with a loving and caring environment in which they can learn, grow and explore.
From my desk in the admissions office in the middle school building, I have a great vantage point to observe what happens every day at KWS. At 8:00 our school bell rings. Not an electronic buzz typical in other schools but the clang of a bell mounted outside of the building and enthusiastically rung by a student calling students to the classroom and as a ritual to the start of our day. I watch as students line up in front of their classroom door and are greeted one by one by name by their class teacher with a handshake and a smile. A few moments later, joyful sounds emerge as the classes begin their day. The sound of recorders playing in one classroom blend with the singing from another classroom and children reciting a verse in another room. The building gets quiet as main lessons begin and the children attend to the subject at hand. A few hours later, the quiet changes to the joyful noise of children laughing and playing as they head outside for recess.
As I walk across campus, our kindergarten children walk hand in hand heading over to visit the farm animals that the third graders are raising or towards the woods for a walk along the trails on our beautiful campus. The smell of bread baking wafting from the kindergarten class as the children bake buns mixes with the smells from our farm to table kitchen preparing nutritious organic lunches for the students and staff. On Friday mornings I join parents and staff at the Friday Morning Coffee Cart, a parent run event where we can catch up, listen to some live music and enjoy homemade treats.
As I head back to my office, I pass one of the high school classes heading towards the creek to learn about watersheds. Another high school class heads off to work on their linoleum cuts that mimics the scrimshaw process that they are learning about as they read Moby Dick.
At the end of the school day, when quiet reigns again, I can hear the camaraderie of the teachers and staff as they close out one day and get ready for the next.
Our halls are filled with artwork and projects and music – the work of the hands. Our students are engaged and look forward to each new day to discover what will unfold – the work of the heart. Each day challenges the mind and stretches the imagination – the work of the head.
Throughout the entire school—preschool through grade twelve—the joy and enthusiasm for learning is palpable every day. If you are looking for a unique and integrative education with teachers who strive to transform education into an art that educates the whole child, I invite you to come see and feel the difference.
Don’t just take our word for it. Experience the excitement of Waldorf Education.
Director of Enrollment Management