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Vancouver Waldorf School
Vancouver Waldorf School
2725 St. Christophers Road, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7K 2B6
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Vancouver Waldorf School

2725 St. Christophers Road, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7K 2B6
307-3255 Edgemont Boulevard, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7R 2P1

Curriculum:
Waldorf
Grades (Gender):
Preschool to 12 (Coed)
Tuition:
$1,100 to 14,760/semester
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
12 to 26
Enrolment:
Day: 250 (Gr. PS - 12)

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Contact Name:
Karen Broom

Phone Number:


School Address
2725 St. Christophers Road, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7K 2B6

About this school:
highlights

At the Vancouver Waldorf School we believe education can change the world. Through a profound understanding of child development, our programs nurture, inspire, and challenge young people to achieve their highest potential as human beings. Our students develop critical and creative thinking, multiple intelligences, confidence and a social and environmental consciousness - preparing them to enter their post-secondary institution of choice and to contribute to the world as conscious free citizens.


Principal's Message

principal

Mr. Malcolm Nash, Pedagogical Manager

"Waldorf education places the development of the individual child in the focal point, convinced that the healthy individual is a prerequisite for a healthy society."

-The International Conference on Education of UNESCO

 


Academics


Curriculum Waldorf

Primary Curriculum: Waldorf

Often conflated with Montessori schools (incorrectly), Waldorf schools focus on developing the "whole child" -- emphasizing collaborative, hands-on learning, along with the arts and music, which are integrated into all areas of study. Waldorf schools are unmistakably "progressive". Their intellectual forefather is Rudolf Steiner, who believed the educator's first task should be to help students develop an aesthetic appreciation for life and learning. If you want to learn more about Waldorf education, check out our comprehensive guide.


What Vancouver Waldorf School says: Using the Waldorf curriculum, we strive to transform education into an art that educates the whole child--the head, the heart and the hands. Our teachers introduce skills, subjects and concepts when it is appropriate given the children's physiological, emotional and spiritual development. The teachers use a multi-sensory approach, integrating the arts into each subject to engage the whole child in the learning process rather than simply imparting intellectual information. In the High School, the development of the capacity for creative and independent thinking is paramount and all subjects draw on the students' capacity for analytical thinking and judgement. The curriculum includes a rich array of academic, artistic, and movement courses of study.

  • Approach:
    Focus
    Arts-intensive


  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Equal Balance

      These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  


    • What Vancouver Waldorf School says: Mathematics, as taught in Waldorf schools, grows and blossoms within the child. It is experienced with joy, wonder and the bright excitement of discovery and intellectual activity. When math is taught as "living mathematics," the possibilities for continued growth are infinite. A very concrete, practical approach is taken in the primary grades. They experience math in a physical way, in rhythmic movement. By Grade 7 and 8, the many seeds planted in the earlier grades have grown, and there is a transition from imagination-bound thinking to conceptual thinking. With the blossoming of thinking capacities in the high school years, the study of math will have moved to a new trust in thinking.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: Grades 6-8 Jump Math Grades 9-12 Math Links

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.


    Early Reading Phonics-intensive

      Systematic-phonics programs teach young children to read by helping them to recognize and sound out the letters and syllables of words. Students are then led to blend these sounds together to sound out and recognize the whole word. While other reading programs might touch on phonetics (either incidentally or on a “when needed” basis), systematic phonics teaches phonics in a specific sequence, and uses extensive repetition and direct instruction to help readers associate specific letter patterns with their associated sounds.
      Learn about the different early reading approaches  


    • What Vancouver Waldorf School says: This information is not currently available.

    • DIBELS Testing: This school does not use DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.

    • What Vancouver Waldorf School says: This information is not currently available.


    Writing Systematic approach

      The systematic approach to teaching beginner writing focuses on directly imparting explicit sentence construction strategies, along with planning, revising, and editing skills. Students are asked to learn these explicit strategies and skills and practice them before applying them in more holistic writing assignments. Grammar and parts of sentences tend to have a central role in systematic writing instruction.
      Learn about the different writing approaches  


    • What Vancouver Waldorf School says: This information is not currently available.


    Science Inquiry

      Inquiry-based science emphasizes teaching science as a way of thinking or practice, and therefore tries to get students “doing” science as much as possible -- and not just “learning” it. Students still learn foundational scientific ideas and content (and build on this knowledge progressively); however, relative to expository science instruction, inquiry-based programs have students spend more time developing and executing their own experiments (empirical and theoretical). Students are frequently challenged to develop critical and scientific-thinking skills by developing their own well-reasoned hypothesis and finding ways to test those hypotheses. Projects and experiments are emphasized over textbook learning. Skills are emphasized over breadth of knowledge.
      Learn about the different science approaches  


    • Teaching approach: This information is not currently available.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
      Biology
      Chemistry
      Ecology
      Geology
      Meteorology
      Physics
      Physiology
      Zoology
    • Treatment of evolution:

      Evolution as consensus theory
      Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
      Evolution is not taught

    Literature Traditional

      In traditional literature programs students focus on decoding the mechanics of texts: plot, characterization, and themes. These texts tend to include a balance of contemporary and “classic” literature. When studying a past work, students investigate its historical context -- but only insofar as this adds understanding to the work itself. Past works are therefore studied “on their own terms”, and not merely as historical artifacts to be deconstructed: traditional literature programs are firmly rooted in the humanities, and carry the belief that great literature can reveal fundamental and universal truths about the human condition. These programs emphasize class discussions and critical essay writing, and aim to develop in students critical thinking, communication skills, and a cultivated taste and ethos.
      Learn about the different literature approaches  


    • What Vancouver Waldorf School says: This information is not currently available.


    Social Studies Core Knowledge

      Usually focused on teaching history and geography at an early age, the core knowledge approach uses story, drama, reading, and discussion to teach about significant people, places, and events. Breadth of content and knowledge is emphasized. The curriculum is often organized according to the underlying logic of the content: history might be taught sequentially, for example (as students move through the grades).
      Learn about the different social studies approaches  


    • What Vancouver Waldorf School says: This information is not currently available.


    Humanities and Social Sciences Perennialism

      Perennialism in the humanities and social sciences emphasizes the idea of education being a kind of “conversation” between generations, and so frequently turns to “Great Works” and “Big Ideas” for teaching-content. Perennialist programs approach past works on their own terms; as if they might actually help students understand “today” better. Past works are not viewed as mere historical artifacts, but as gateways to a deeper understanding of the human condition. History (and, by extension, the humanities in general) therefore plays a large role in perennialist curriculums, though social sciences like economics, psychology, and sociology can still be taught. There is a strong Liberal Arts bent to perennialist programs. The key goals are to develop critical thinking, a strong foundation of core knowledge (or “cultural literacy”), and persuasion skills through informed debate and extensive practice in essay writing.
      Learn about the different humanities and social sciences approaches  


    • What Vancouver Waldorf School says: This information is not currently available.


    Foreign Languages Communicative

      The communicative method of language acquisition emphasizes the use of the target language in authentic contexts. The approach commonly features interactive group work, games, authentic texts, and opportunities to learn about the cultural background of the language. Drills and quizzes may still be used, but less frequently than with the audio-lingual method.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  


    • What Vancouver Waldorf School says: This information is not currently available.

    • Studying a foreign language is required until:   12
    • Languages Offered: • French


    Fine Arts Creative

      Creative arts programs are studio-driven. While historical works and movements may still be taught to add context to the program, students mainly engage in making art (visual, musical, theatrical, etc). The goal is use the actual practice of art to help educate students’ emotions, cognition, and ethos.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  


    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Acting
      Dance
      Drama/Theatre
      Graphic Design
      Music
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

      Expressive
      Disciplined
    • What Vancouver Waldorf School says: This information is not currently available.


    Computers and Technology Light integration

      Computers are used in the classroom from time to time, but integrating technology into everything students do is not a dominant focus. Digital literacy is understood to be a legitimate skill in the 21st century, but not one that should distract from teaching the subject at hand, or more fundamental skills and literacies. The idea is today’s students, being “digital natives”, are likely exposed to computers and new media enough outside the classroom: the role of the school, rather, should be to develop competencies that may otherwise get missed.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  


    • What Vancouver Waldorf School says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Vancouver Waldorf School says: The Outdoor Education Program at the Vancouver Waldorf High School is an exciting and integral component of the curriculum. Our primary goal over the course of their four years in the High School is to provide all students with physically, emotionally and socially challenging wilderness experiences. Students learn to safely navigate in the wilderness and are encouraged to engage and reflect on their roles as stewards of the earth. The Outdoor Education Program supports the development of practical skills as well as positive character traits in students including respect, responsibility, helpfulness, independence, self-confidence, self-discipline, interpersonal skills, courage and leadership.

    • Vancouver Waldorf School's approach to sex-ed: This information is not currently available.


    Religious Education
    • Religious Curriculum (percentage)

      We have no compulsory religion courses
      Up to 25% of our courses are religious courses
      More than 25% of our courses are religion courses
    • Approach to teaching religious and secular curricula

      Completely segregated
      Mostly segregated
      Completely integrated
      Mostly integrated
      Not applicable
    • Approach to teaching religion

      Scripture as literal
      Scripture as interpretive
    • What Vancouver Waldorf School says: This information is not currently available.



    Preschool/K Curriculum Waldorf

    • Play-based
    • Montessori
    • Waldorf
    • Reggio Emilia
    • Academic

    Highly group-oriented and with a strong emphasis on creative and imaginative play, Waldorf preschool and Kindergarten programs have very little to no emphasis on academics. A Waldorf environment will often feel more like a home than a traditional classroom -- the goal being to instill comfort and and a sense of predictability in students’ day. This emphasis on comfort and predictability also manifests through a heavy use of repetition: for example, teachers might read the same story multiple days in a row. Waldorf schools ask parents to refrain from offering children TV or computers at home, and aim to develop in children a connection to the natural world. If you want to learn more about Waldorf education, check out our comprehensive guide.

    What Vancouver Waldorf School says: We believe that creative thinking finds its expression in imaginative free play and in this way children develop cognitive, social, physical and linguistic skills for life. We strive to present the children with a world of beauty that nurtures their sense of ease, joy, and peace. The children are not introduced to any formal learning at this stage, rather the children engage in artistic activities such as drawing, painting, sewing, and baking. Each day also incorporates outside play time and a healthy snack, as well as a circle time which is rich with seasonal stories and movement games.


    Curriculum Pace Standard-enriched

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

    Flexible pacing:

    Flexible pacing style = offered
    Subject-streaming (tracking)
    Multi-age classrooms as standard
    Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
    Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
    Regular guided independent study opportunities
    Differentiated assessment

    What Vancouver Waldorf School says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.


    Academic Culture Supportive

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.

    What Vancouver Waldorf School says: This information is not currently available.


    Developmental Priorities Emotional, Balanced

    Primary Developmental Priority: Emotional
    Emotionally intelligent and confident individuals, capable of leading both themselves and others.

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Balanced
    Equal attention is paid to a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social, and physical.

    What Vancouver Waldorf School says: This information is not currently available.


    Special Needs Support Limited

    Limited

    Vancouver Waldorf School offers limited support for students with learning difficulties or special needs.

    • Academic Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
      Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties

    Gifted Learner Support No Support

    No Support

    Vancouver Waldorf School does not offer any specialized programming for gifted learners.

    Gifted education: If you want to learn more about gifted education, check out our comprehensive guide. It’s the first of its kind: it covers different kinds of gifted schools and programs, and a whole host of issues parents face in finding the right option for their gifted child.

    Homework Policy

    In grade 4, Vancouver Waldorf School students perform an average of No homework of homework per night.

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    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered grades8 to 12
    Prose (narrative)-based feedbackPreschool to 12


    Extracurriculars

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    What Vancouver Waldorf School says:

    This information is not currently available.


    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Field Hockey
      Football
      Gymnastics
      Ice Hockey
      Lacrosse
      Rowing
      Rugby
      Soccer
      Softball
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
      Weightlifting
    • Clubs Offered
      Outdoor Education

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

    Day Day (Half day)
     
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    Day$5,940$13,760$12,360
    Day (Half day)$1,100$3,720$9,130
    Day (International)$14,760 / semester


    Discounts

    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    Early paymentDay (Domestic)5%
    2nd child (sibling)Day (Domestic)10%
    3rd child (sibling)Day (Domestic)20%
    4th child (sibling)Day (Domestic)30%


    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered: K to 12
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid0%
    Average aid package size$0
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid0%
    Total aid available$0

    Application Deadline:
    Rolling deadline

    More information:
    www.vws.ca

    Application Details:

    This school works with Apple Financial Inc. for processing financial applications



    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Enrollment

    Total enrollment 250
    Average enrollment per grade16
    Gender (grades)Preschool to 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution:

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    Day Enrollment11738363620182324242916211020159

    Admission

    Application

    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    InterviewNS - 12
    SSAT
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    Rolling


    What Vancouver Waldorf School says:

    Admissions Overview

    Choosing a school is a very important decision in a family’s life. Our admissions process is designed to give you as much information as you need to make an informed decision about enrolling your children in the Vancouver Waldorf School. It is as important for us to know who you are and what you are looking for in a school, as it is for you to know who we are and what Waldorf education is about.



    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    95%

    Type of student Vancouver Waldorf School is looking for: In addition to imparting knowledge, the school’s intention is to foster in children a sense of reverence and respect for life. The close relationships between students and teachers enhance learning and the ability to explore new interests and take on new challenges. Students are engaged in a learning experience both artistic and academically challenging.



    Student Entry Points

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    (Acceptance rate)
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    University Placement

    highlights
    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Internships
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class size19
    *Canadian "Big 6" placementsN/A
    **Ivy+ placementsN/A

    *Number of students in 2015 who attended one of McGill, U of T, UBC, Queen's University, University of Alberta, or Dalhousie University.

    **Number of students since 2005 that attended one of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Stanford, University of Chicago, Oxford or Cambridge (UK)


    Associations

    Associations
    • The Associated Waldorf School (AWSNA) Associations
    • Federation of Independent School Associations (FISA) Associations


    Social Feeds

    Social




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