Discover Waldorf Education
Imagine a school where storytelling leads students into exploration of history and geography, where geometric patterns become a basis for physical movement and handwork, where artistic impulse permeates every lesson.
This is the Eugene Waldorf School. Here we strive to meet children appropriately at each developmental stage, helping them to gain the strength to flower into free-thinking individuals. Here we recognize that children have physical, emotional and spiritual needs and capacities, as well as intellectual ones. Here we combine artistic, cognitive and practical lessons to nurture the strengths, potential and uniqueness of each child.
Founded in Europe in 1919, Waldorf education now includes schools on every continent and has grown to become the world’s largest independent, nonsectarian school system that goes through all the grades with over 1,000 schools worldwide.
Like the Eugene Waldorf School, every Waldorf school is independent, but each follows a core of curriculum, methods and beliefs. At the heart of this core is the belief that a fulfilled and creative life requires more than mental development or the ability to earn a living.
Every child also needs the balance provided by strong and healthy development in the life of will (the ability to get things done) and in the life of feeling (emotions, aesthetics, social sensitivity).
Waldorf education has for seventy years been putting into effect what major brain researchers and educators are discovering about the human brain/mind.
— Gabriele Rico, Professor, San Jose State University
Waldorf pedagogy addresses the whole child: head, heart and hands.
Waldorf education is alternative — not because of the subjects that are taught, but because of how and when subjects are taught. By fostering the appropriate growth of children at the appropriate times, in ways that work for them, we encourage healthy development.
According to the Waldorf model, learning begins with an encounter, which leads to experience and then a conceptual understanding. These three steps (perception, feeling and thinking) prepare the intellect of the child for abstract and conceptual learning in the adolescent.
About Rudolf Steiner
Eugene Waldorf School is part of the worldwide Waldorf education movement, founded by Rudolf Steiner in 1919. Much of Steiner’s detailed psychology of child development has been supported by modern research in education and neuropsychology. Through Waldorf education, Steiner hoped that young people would develop the capacities of soul and intellect, and the strength of will that would prepare them to meet the challenges of their own time and the future.
Rudolf Steiner’s writings and lectures are today available in some 325 volumes on a wide range of subjects. His universal genius gave and continues to give rejuvenating impulses in all fields of knowledge and endeavors of life. Besides education, we can look to the practical work done in the medical realm, in biodynamic farming, in architecture, in banking, in social issues and in the arts and sciences. All these endeavors stem from Rudolf Steiner’s anthroposophical Spiritual Science.
The mission of Eugene Waldorf School is to educate the whole child for the future, equally engaging body, mind and spirit.
Our teachers foster a love of learning by enlivening the imagination, strengthening the creative will, deepening understanding and awakening a sense of community.
Our academic program integrates the arts, humanities and sciences.
We strive to help all children develop their unique physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual capacities. This enables each individual to responsibly enter in freedom into an ever-changing local and global community.
The Eugene Waldorf School is a non-profit, non-sectarian, tax-exempt organization incorporated in the State of Oregon. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability or marital status in the administration of our educational policies, admissions or board membership policies, financial programs, or athletic and other school-administered programs.