The Emerson Waldorf School provides an integrated Waldorf curriculum and environment which encourage and promote independent thinking and social responsibility as well as academic and artistic excellence.
The unique gifts and contributions of each child are honored through a developmentally appropriate awakening of thinking, feeling, and willing. Further, the Emerson Waldorf School understands children as beings of body, soul, and spirit, and guides them to develop compassion and reverence for themselves and the world community.
The Emerson Waldorf School does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its education policies, admissions policies, tuition adjustment program, athletic, or other school-administered programs.
The Spiritual Aspect of Waldorf Education
The Emerson Waldorf School is affiliated with the international association of Waldorf Schools, one of the largest school movements in the world. Waldorf education, founded by Rudolf Steiner in Germany in 1919, is dedicated to the effort to guide the spirit in the human being to discover the spirit in the universe.
The identity of every Waldorf school is profoundly affected by the spiritual values at the core of Waldorf pedagogy. The faculty draws on Rudolf Steiner’s Anthroposophy for its insight into human development and its grounding in the spiritual core of Christianity, without an ideological or denominational character. There is no wish to impart any particular religion to the students, nor are there devotional services of any kind offered.
Emerson Waldorf School is open to children of all backgrounds, and the curriculum is rich in the teachings of the many great religious traditions of the world. Through their experiences in the classrooms and in the celebration of the seasonal festivals of the year, students are enabled to develop understanding and respect for the diverse cultures of the world. Drawing primarily, but not exclusively, on Judeo/Christian traditions, the festival assemblies celebrate our common humanity, not our separateness in belief or practice. Students from many religious and cultural backgrounds have been educated at Emerson Waldorf, finding their essential spiritual nature uniquely recognized and honored, with their private beliefs respected.