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Where Education is an Art

As an independent private school, we feel privileged to be able to create a curriculum based on the needs of a developing child. This allows us to intentionally and carefully align creative developmental activities with emerging cognitive, emotional, and physical stages of growth.

Creative expression is central to the developing mind. At Kimberton Waldorf School, we view opportunities to engage in artistic activities as essential to nurturing creative thinking. Art, music, handwork, sculpting, woodwork, movement arts, and blacksmithing are intrinsically interwoven with chemistry, physics, mathematics, botany, literature, and history. We know that the development of clear precise thinking is learned through form drawing, dynamic drawing and geometry. Students learn to understand themselves more fully as morally ethical individuals through the study of history. Scientific observation is enhanced through the development of wonder, accurate seeing, rigorous cognitive application and formal causal thinking.

Our integrated approach to education gives richness to the curriculum and develops analytical thinkers with creative, imaginative minds capable of producing prolific, life-changing ideas.

Upon graduation from Kimberton Waldorf School, each student will have

  • Identified personal strengths and weaknesses; and cultivated and implemented strategies for working with these attributes as vehicles for lifelong learning
  • Demonstrated fluency in the methods of science, mathematics, history, language, literature, and the social sciences; and demonstrated awareness and understanding of the contemporary issues and historic changes related to these disciplines
  • Developed skills in several artistic disciplines and, through in-depth work, gained proficiency in the fundamental aspects of the visual, performing, and practical arts
  • Developed the ability to communicate in a foreign language and an understanding of other cultures
  • Demonstrated the ability to express in writing and speech his or her independent and creative thoughts and judgments
  • Developed a healthy, loving relationship to nature as well as an understanding of ecology and the processes of nature through actively farming and gardening, observing, and living in the natural world
  • Developed fundamental capacities and confidence in movement by experiencing a variety of movement activities
  • Grappled with core issues of the human experience, including the nature of life, death, friendship, spirituality, and vocation
  • Developed compassion, empathy, responsibility, and gratitude towards othersthrough a sense of global citizenship, an awareness of contemporary societal issues, and social responsibility
  • Acquired life skills in the areas of child development, health, interpersonal communication and conflict resolution, collaboration and decision-making, time management, and the art of leisure

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Fall in Love with Learning

What is really valued at a school like Columbia is an interest to get to the heart of the matter, whether it be a political debate, geology, languages, literature, art history, or physics. And it is precisely this spark, this curiosity that blossomed at Kimberton. With the liberal arts curriculum and focus on understanding rather than simple memorizing, we were engaged in the ideas and problem solving – the abstract and the practical. In simplest terms, Kimberton gave me a chance to fall in love with the process of learning.

 

Kathryn Minogue ’00 Columbia University November 17, 2016

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