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Waldorf schools in Poland

Private and non-public Waldorf schools in Poland

There are now plenty of Waldorf schools in Poland. This includes the cities of Warsaw, Kraków, Poznań, Wrocław, Łódź, Gdańsk, Szczecin, Bydgoszcz, Lublin, and Rzeszów.

Most of these schools are preschools, kindergartens, or elementary schools. Some, though, are at the secondary level: middle and high school. Poland Waldorf schools provide a high quality education for international students from Canada, the US, and other English speaking countries. They’re also a good option for local residents of Poland.  continue reading...

List of schools

School  ( = Featured ) Grades Type Languages / Type
2 Przedszkole Baby City

ul. Zielona 42, Warszawa, 02-913
Nursery (2,5 years) to Gr. 0 Montessori
Polish Curriculum (Ministry of National Eduction, MEN)
Reggio Emilia
English, Spanish
Polish Curriculum (Ministry of National Eduction, MEN)
Reggio Emilia
0 Waldorfska Szkoła Podstawowa im. Cypriana Kamila Norwida
ul. Pocztowa 22, Bielsko-Biała, 43-309

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Poland Waldorf schools philosophy

Waldorf education, founded by Rudolf Steiner in 1919, provides a unique alternative to mainstream education. It’s sometimes referred to as “Steiner education.”

Most private and non-public Waldorf schools in Poland follow similar principles. Keep in mind, not every school follows these principles, and different schools apply them in different ways.

Individualized curriculum

Waldorf schools, like Montessori schools, don’t have a standardized curriculum. With help from the teacher, kids have the freedom to choose their own tasks and activities and work at their own pace. This allows them to work in a broad range of areas and pursue their interests and passions. It can also stimulate their curiosity and inspire a love of learning.

Focus on the whole child

Waldorf schools don’t just focus on core academics. They educate the whole child. Teachers nurture the cognitive, practical, and artistic sides of kids. They also instill important values in them, including independence, responsibility, respect, and empathy.

Focus on arts and creativity

A hallmark of Waldorf education is the focus on art and creativity. Art is infused throughout the curriculum. This includes visual arts, music, drama, storytelling, poetry, and crafts. For instance, lessons often start with a story or a song. This helps enliven learning and gets kids fully engaged.

Imaginative learning

There is a big focus on imaginative learning and pretend play, especially at the lower levels (unlike Montessori preschools). In preschool and kindergarten, kids are given plenty of time for free play, circle time, and outdoor recess. They also take part in games, role play, and other activities that promote imaginative learning and develop social skills.

Practical learning

Students do lots of hands-on learning in preschool and the early elementary years. They learn to cook, clean, and garden. They also help teachers with tasks in the classroom. Children thereby learn key practical skills, and start becoming more responsible.

Delayed formal academics

Formal academics starts later than in most other schools. Kids normally don’t receive formal instruction in core subjects until grade school, when they’re good and ready. Core subjects, such as math, science, and reading, normally start early in elementary school, in grade 1 or 2.

Interdisciplinary curriculum

Core subjects, such as math, science, and English, are taught in main lesson blocks, of two to three hours per day. Each block lasts between three and five weeks. The blocks are integrated with other subjects, topics, and parts of the curriculum. Subjects are rarely taught in complete isolation.

Focus on non-mainstream subjects

Many non-core subjects and skills are featured in the curriculum. For instance, kids learn musical instruments, gardening, mythology, and nutrition. They also spend a lot of time on the fine arts, such as painting, drawing, sculpting, knitting, weaving, and crocheting. Both girls and boys learn these skills, since no stock is put in gender stereotypes.

Focus on nature

Children are given plenty of natural materials. Environmental education is also a big focus. This promotes an appreciation for nature. It also has broader benefits. As L.D. Davey (“Play and Teacher Education”, 1998) explains: “A fundamental principle of early childhood education is that young children learn about the world most readily by interacting with their environment.”

Benefits of Poland Waldorf schools

Waldorf schools in Poland are a great option for many students. This includes international students from Canada, the US, and other countries. It also includes local students from Poland.

Waldorf schools are unlike any other type of private school in Poland. They have a variety of appealing features. To learn more about the benefits of Poland private and non-public schools in general, read our guide. We also provide advice for choosing a private school in Poland.

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