Waldorf education is founded in a worldview that acknowledges the spiritual nature of all human beings. A fundamental goal of Waldorf Education is to bring students to an understanding of the common humanity of all of the world’s people, transcending stereotypes and prejudices relating to race, gender, religion, nationality, and ability.
At East Bay Waldorf, we are working to build a school that reflects the richness of the East Bay and the broader global community. We welcome students, parents, faculty, and staff of all races, faiths, sexual orientations and family profiles. We promote socioeconomic diversity through our approach to keeping tuition affordable and providing tuition adjustment to the best of our ability.
Our curriculum provides students constant opportunity to examine preconceptions and explore multiple perspectives and ways of thinking. We also give students a rich experience of varied religious traditions, global cultures and historical periods, including school-wide and individual grade celebrations of seasonal festivals.
We are dedicated to creating an inclusive community that respects and affirms each of its members, honoring their diversity of culture, ethnicity, race, religion, family structure, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical abilities, and unique learning styles.
We believe that a diverse community and the practice of inclusiveness strengthen the educational experience and foster the essential element of respect that prepares students to live and work in a global environment, and contribute to the well-being of all humanity.
AWSNA Position Statement on Diversity
The following position statements of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) have been adopted by East Bay Waldorf School:
Waldorf schools are independent schools, which are designed to educate all children, regardless of their cultural or religious backgrounds. The pedagogical method is comprehensive, and, as part of its task, seeks to bring recognition and understanding to any world culture or religion. The Waldorf School, founded in 1919 by Rudolf Steiner, is not part of any church.
Waldorf schools are committed to developing the human potential of each child to its fullest. Admission to the schools is open to everyone, without regard to race, sex, creed, religion, national origin, or ethnicity. In company with many other tuition-based independent schools, Waldorf schools are actively seeking ways to increase the economic and ethnic diversity of their student populations.
It is a fundamental goal of our education to bring students to an understanding and experience of the common humanity of all the world’s peoples, transcending the stereotypes, prejudices, and divisive barriers of classification by sex, race and nationality. We most emphatically reject racism in all its forms, and embrace the principles of common humanity expressed by the founder of Waldorf education, Rudolf Steiner: “[We] must cast aside the division into races. [We] must seek to unite people of all races and nations, and to bridge the divisions and differences between various groups of people. “
“The healthy social life is found when, in the mirror of each human soul, the whole community finds its reflection, and when, in the community, the virtue of each one is living.”
— Rudolf Steiner, founder of Waldorf education