The Housatonic Valley Waldorf School offers programs from preschool through eighth grade.
- Parent-child classes are offered for children ages 9 months to 3 years
- Our mixed-age kindergarten offers half-day classes for ages 3 through 6 ½ years.
- Extended care is available for early childhood and grade school students.
At the Housatonic Valley Waldorf School, we know that education is more than just the acquisition of information. Waldorf education fosters not only the ability to think with clarity, but also to feel with compassion, and to initiate change with confidence. It recognizes the capacities of every child and strives to awaken and develop them.
Play is paramount in the life of a child, and Waldorf schools utilize this truth to optimize each child’s learning and development. The nearly 100-year-old Waldorf philosophy of a play-based curriculum in the early years has been substantiated in research by the American Academy of Pediatrics, which states that play is integral for a healthy childhood and necessary for social and intellectual development when formal academics begin in the grade school.
Our grade school offers a classical education that integrates experiential and artistic learning in all academic subjects: two world languages, history, geography, mathematics, and science. Orchestra, strings, chorus, painting, beeswax and clay modeling, dramatic plays, practical arts such as knitting, crocheting, and sewing not only round out the school day but support the academic subject matter.
Every student is educated to be an artist and musician as well as a scholar. Our graduates thrive in the finest private and public high schools. Best of all, this is accomplished without the stress of standardized testing, grades, or huge amounts of homework. It is accomplished by teaching to the head, heart, and hands of every student in an environment that inspires learning and profoundly respects and values childhood.
Lastly, HVWS welcomes students from across Connecticut, helping students to embrace the diversity associated with growing up in different hometowns. Whether students come from places like Newtown, Ridgefield, Redding, CT or beyond, through the learning experiences provided at HVWS, students become peers with abundant commonalities.