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WALDORF EDUCATION IN CANADA

The Our Kids guide to Waldorf schools and programs in Canada



Is a Waldorf education the best option for your child?

Our guide is meant to help you with this important decision. We cover private Waldorf schools in Canada and discuss the many issues parents face when considering one of these schools. We then provide a list of Waldorf schools and tools for comparing those schools by their program offerings.



Quick summary:

  • Waldorf education, founded by Rudolf Steiner in 1919, provides a unique alternative to mainstream education. It’s offered in over 1,000 schools worldwide, including about 150 schools in North America and 30 in Canada.

  • These schools are sensitive to the developmental needs of children. Traditional academics are delayed until children are ready and interested, usually until grade 1.

  • There is no one-size-fits all curriculum: curricula are tailored to specific learning needs and interests. That said, students must achieve benchmarks starting in kindergarten (though they typically aren't given marks until grade 6).

  • Teachers educate the whole child: head, heart, and hands. They develop children’s aptitudes for thinking, feeling, and acting. This allows children to grow and mature in important ways.

  • Art, music, and imagination are infused throughout the curriculum. This nurtures creativity, curiosity, and a love of learning.

  • Children learn about themselves, the environment, and their relationship to the environment.

  • We list Waldorf private schools on this site, and provide tools for comparing those schools. Moreover, our parent discussion forum allows you to discuss options and get answers to your questions.






 
A Waldorf education doesn’t just focus on core academics. It nurtures the intellectual, practical, and artistic sides of students.























To discuss Waldorf education, visit the Our Kids parent discussion forum.

To learn more about Waldorf education, check out the following websites and articles: