Why Waldorf?

There are so many choices for education in the Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh area. Why would a parent be drawn to or choose to enroll their child in the Emerson Waldorf School?



  • You want an educational philosophy that works with an integrated balance of artistic, practical, and intellectual content in the curriculum with an emphasis on social skills and spiritual values.
  • A worldwide internationally-recognized curriculum, which is non-prescriptive and proven over 80 years, appeals to you.
  • You want your child to experience a curriculum that is in accord with your child's developmental needs, without undue early specialization or inappropriate academic pressure.
  • You want an extended learning environment for parents and teachers to work co-operatively in support of children's education.
  • You agree that an early years approach that provides time and space for development of key skills is a basis for later literacy, numeracy, social and emotional competence.
  • You believe private education should be accessible to all, regardless of ethnicity, creed, or financial circumstances.
  • You want your child to learn two modern languages (Spanish and German) taught from the age of 6.
  • You like the idea of whole class teaching in an aesthetically pleasing and secure learning environment, where qualities of childhood are nurtured and respected.
  • You are comfortable with the idea of one Waldorf-trained teacher accompanying your child from 1st-8th grade (with the integration of special subjects teachers).
  • You agree to classrooms with mixed ability classes according to the age of the child and not streamed by achievement.
  • You want science and technology taught throughout in age-appropriate form.
  • You think key skills such as numeracy and literacy presented in an imaginative and creative manner will work well for your child.
  • You want your children to be well-grounded in their cultural environment and also conscious of being world citizens.

Adapted from the European Council for Steiner Waldorf Education