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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?

Our Mission

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.

Spiritual Aspects

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.  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.

You might be a Waldorf parent if:

  • 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 Spanish from the age of 6 through High School.

  • 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.

  • You appreciate that graduates of Emerson Waldorf School attend Universities such as Dartmouth, Duke, Cornell, Embry-Riddle, Johns Hopkins, and Pratt to study Math, Computer Science, Aeronautical Engineering, and Medicine.
    CLICK HERE for our Alumni brochure.

  • CLICK HERE to view the 15-minute Why Waldorf video produced by the Marin County Waldorf School.

Adapted from the European Council for Steiner Waldorf Education