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 Preschool-8th grade education that prepares them for further schooling and opens up life’s possibilities. To find their unique purpose and achieve their potential in the 21st Century, our children will need to perceive rightly, think creatively and critically, know themselves, have a strong moral compass, 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 humanity and the world at large.
The progressive 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.
Gardening for Adults
Wednesday, Dec 11 | 8:15 am - 11:00 am
With Emily Ruebl, Gardening & Woodwork Teacher, in the Wildcat Canyon Garden
CANCELLED Parents in Conversation
Wednesday, Dec 11 | 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Eurythmy for Adults
Thursday, Dec 12 | 8:45 am - 9:15 am
With Karen Gallagher, Eurythmy Teacher
EBWS Board Meeting
Thursday, Dec 12 | 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
School Building-1-Eurthmy Room (60)
Class 1 - Parent Meeting
Thursday, Dec 12 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
CANCELLED Parent Association General Meeting & Potluck
Saturday, Dec 14 | 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Winter Sweet Pea Class
Registration is now open for our Winter term of Sweet Pea, parent-infant and parent-toddler classes. You can find out more and register here.
Tuesday, Dec. 3 | 6:15 pm
The Musician’s Voice: Bach, Beethoven and Stories from our Travels
Alumni Nicholas Morales and Lukas Edelberg, two students in their senior years at San Diego and San Francisco Waldorf Schools, respectively, will perform on violin and cello and speak of their experiences this summer with the Waldorf 100 celebrations in Europe.
Curtain rises at 6:30, so please arrive early.
& More News
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. September 2019 marked the centennial of the opening of the first Waldorf School in Stuttgart, Germany. Created after World War I, out of an impulse for greater social equality, it served the children of workers at the Waldorf 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, acting morally, 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.”