What do our children need for the future? And what does the future need from them? Is it just about being “smart”? Or should schooling help your child develop something more?
We understand that your hopes for your child involve a high-quality education that prepares your child for further schooling and opens up possibilities. To find their unique purpose and achieve their potential in the 21st Century, children will need to think creatively and critically, know and respect themselves, be flexible, and understand and care about others.
At East Bay Waldorf School, we cultivate the spark of individuality in each child, helping them grow intellectually, physically, emotionally and creatively. Our graduates are more than smart. They have something special that people notice: they are engaged, creative, grounded and incredibly well-rounded. Our students discover their own unique spirit and feel connected to the world at large.
The Waldorf curriculum is challenging, experiential and comprehensive. It gives our students a confidence that they can tackle anything — a challenging school subject, the career they dream of, or making the world a better place.
Your child is so much more than smart.
Preschool Meet & Greet
Saturday, Aug 17 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Preschool Introductory Meeting
Monday, Aug 19 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
For Preschool Parents. (Adults only).
Introductory Kindergarten Meeting
Thursday, Aug 22 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
For new Kindergarten families. Adults only.
New Student Orientation
Friday, Aug 23 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
New Student Orientation Grades 1-8 for students and families joining EBWS this fall!
Back to School Work Day
Saturday, Aug 24 | 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Everyone is expected for a fun day of sprucing up the campus before school begins! Bring your lunch, favorite work gloves and tools and we'll see each other there!
Labor Day- No School
Monday, Sep 2
East Bay Waldorf PreK-8th Grade — Now on 91 acres!!!
Thanks to an incredibly generous gift, East Bay Waldorf School has expanded its campus from 11 to 91 acres. Our students and community will now enjoy even more cultivated land and wild spaces.
Nature + Waldorf is something special. Academic outcomes and overall well-being are improved for children who have ready access to nature out their window and during their recess. Our students will now have even more opportunity to increase their gardening and outdoor skills and learn about land stewardship. Visit us to see how your child can benefit from this incredible combination from PreK-8th Grade.
Stay tuned for more on the land and our plans!
Celebrating 100 Years of Waldorf Education
At its founding, Waldorf education was an innovation in progressive education, and that’s still true today. This September, we’ll be celebrating the centennial of the opening of the first Waldorf School in Stuttgart, Germany. Created in 1919, after World War I, for the children of the workers at a cigarette factory, Waldorf education is an education for peace, equity and inclusion, and for keeping the focus of teaching on the child.
With over 1,100 Waldorf schools and nearly 2,000 Waldorf kindergartens in some 80 countries around the globe, the Waldorf movement has become a worldwide force for educating young people by promoting individual freedom, equality and brotherhood, and the peaceful coexistence of humanity. Waldorf education brings out the best in each child in a natural, joyful way. Waldorf students come from all walks of life and become Prime Ministers, CEOs and whole people of all kinds courageously following their own path.
Parents love what Waldorf education does for their child, for their family, and what it can do for society. Come see why our progressive model is more relevant than ever.
Does Waldorf work? Worldwide Waldorf Alumni explain.
Our focus in Waldorf education is on developing well-rounded children, capable of thinking clearly, feeling deeply and finding their unique purpose in life. So it happens that some graduates become well-known for their professional success. To learn more about the wide range of professional interests of Waldorf graduates from around the globe, you can watch this video.
Former Chairman & CEO, American Express
“My parents were looking for a school that would nurture the whole person. They also felt that the Waldorf school would be a far more open environment for African Americans, and that was focused on educating students with values, as well as the academic tools necessary to be constructive and contributing human beings. … I think the end result of Waldorf education is to raise our consciousness. There is a heightened consciousness of what our senses bring us from the world around us, about our feelings, about the way we relate to other people. It taught me how to think for myself, to be responsible for my decisions. Second, it made me a good listener, sensitive to the needs of others. And third, it helped establish meaningful beliefs. In all the Main Block lessons — in history, science, philosophy — we really probed the importance of values and beliefs. In dealing with a lot of complex issues and a lot of stress, if that isn’t balanced by a core of meaningful beliefs, you really will just be consumed and fail.”
“The first time I understood the benefit of a Waldorf education was my first week in college. Students around me were flipping out because they were afraid of writing papers. At High Mowing we had at least ten pages to write every night. It was such a big part of our education that I was very confident in my writing. We had to analyze each scene, then write the analysis. I still have my “Faust” main lesson book with me. When I wrote about it, I was able to expand my thinking and make it my own. That’s what’s so wonderful about Waldorf education. You’re exposed to all these different ideas, but you’re never given one view of it. You’re encouraged to think as an individual.”
NATO Secretary General & Former Prime Minister of Norway
“When approached by the news media and asked the question, ‘What did Waldorf education do for you?’ I replied, ‘It encouraged me to always strive to become a better human being.”