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Waldorf: Education from a deeper perspective

The following is a first-person account of Waldorf education from a Waldorf alumnus, Shane Alexander. To learn about the difference between Waldorf and Montessori schools, read our comparison guide. You can also read our guide to Waldorf preschools.

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  • Thornhill, Ontario
    Bathurst St/Rutherford Rd
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $18,000 to $21,000

Toronto Waldorf School offers a curriculum that integrates academics,arts & movement, and addresses the intellectual, physical, emotional & social aspects of child development. Preschool to gr. 12.

  • Day
  • Waldorf
Toronto Waldorf School 18000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Bracebridge, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $20,000 to $35,000

We uphold and pursue a pragmatic, balanced education with an emphasis on art, sports and music to cultivate talents to lead the new century.

  • Boarding
  • Traditional
  • Waldorf

Dewey Institute 20000 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Coed
  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
    Lynn Valley Rd./St. Christophers Rd.
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $8,500 to $14,170

Vancouver Waldorf School offers programs from pre-school through to grade 12 in North Vancouver, BC. Its average class size is 12 to 25 students.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Waldorf

Vancouver Waldorf School 8500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
  • Burlington, Ontario
    Appleby Line/Upper Middle Road
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $8,800 to $14,620

Halton Waldorf School in Burlington, Ontario offers a licensed preschool, kindergarten and grades 1 to 12. It’s average class size is 15 to 21 students.

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  • Waldorf

Halton Waldorf School 8800 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Davenport Rd/Spadina Rd
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $5,040 to $19,950

Waldorf Academy offers programs from childcare to grade eight in downtown Toronto. Its average class size is 18 students.

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  • Waldorf
Waldorf Academy 5040 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Whistler, British Columbia
    Spruce Grove Way/Kirkpatrick Way
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $8,938 to $16,423

WWS is a dedicated Waldorf school in Whistler, B.C. offering early years education all the way up to grade 12.

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  • Waldorf

Whistler Waldorf School 8938 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed

Education from a Deeper Perspective was a good tagline, I thought, when I grew old enough to understand Waldorf's marketing scheme. They were trying to convince possible new parents that we look deeper into things than the public school system. It wasn't until a few years ago when I realized that Waldorf actually did. And it stuck.

If it wasn't for my Waldorf years, I don't think I would have such an awkward philosophy about things. Music, art, news, literature, movies...for my whole adult life I have had this alternative way of looking at things - for things. When digging for music, for example, I tend to look deeper than just what's on the local Top 40 radio station, or on any radio station. I'd rather dig a bit harder and see what else is out there. With my art, I would rather do something completely different than doing the same old flower vase sitting on a table or sunset in some European town.  When searching for movies, I choose low budget artistic ones rather than the blockbusters. Books? Same. I read independent news blogs and search out for different voices taking another stance on that CNN story.

Most people would say I'm just a "deep dude". I don't think my deepness would be there if it wasn't for Waldorf.

Funny. I never knew they were doing it until I stood still for a moment a few years back and took notice. It's kind of like they secretly brainwashed me into looking for a deeper perspective into things in my daily life. I'm happy they did, though. Otherwise, I think I would've wound up being a superficial person, giving substance to the non-substantial. Or at least, lying to myself that there is substance in the non-substantial.

In a social media ruled world where shortened words and superficial banners and logos win our daily brain stream, I'm happy that Waldorf has been able to secretly brainwash their solders to have a deeper perspective than the norm. It's a change for the good and personally, I would rather have a conversation with them than a typical high schooler who likes Justin Bieber and wears the latest brand name.

Brainwash away, Waldorf. You're making us better and smarter human beings.

To learn more for yourself on how they teach from a deeper perspective go here.

—Shane Alexander

Series: Waldorf Schools

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