HVWS At A Glance

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.

The Housatonic Valley Waldorf School educates students from Early Childhood through Eighth Grade. The Early Childhood program offers half-day classes for ages 3 through 6 ½; aftercare is available as well.

Play is paramount in the life of a child, and Waldorf schools utilize this truth to optimize each child’s learning and development. The 90-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.

The 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, the pressure of grades, or the burden of huge amounts of homework. It is accomplished by teaching to the head, heart, and hands of every student in a safe, serene environment that inspires learning and profoundly respects and values childhood.

What every parent would wish as the best for his or her children, Waldorf education provides.

The fullest development of intelligent, imaginative, self-confident and caring persons is the aim of Waldorf education.

This aim is solidly grounded in a comprehensive view of human development, in an intellectually and culturally rich curriculum, and in the presence of knowledgeable, caring human beings at every stage of the child's education.

-Douglas Sloan, Professor Emeritus, Columbia University
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