Charlotte Jacklein, Social Adventurer, Halton Waldorf School Alumnus

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Since university, Charlotte Jacklein’s social work with organizations like Outward Bound and the YMCA have taken her across land and sea, from the inner cities of Honduras to canoe trips in the Yukon. And with English, French, German and Spanish under her belt, she can easily cross cultures. Read more


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Toronto, Ontario
Davenport Rd/Spadina Rd
 
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"Smaller class sizes and our unique curriculum - infused with arts, movement, outdoor education - allow deeper connections across subjects, at all developmental stages. Waldorf education is “schooling with heart"." —From the school

  • Gr. NS to 8 (Coed)
  • Waldorf curriculum
  • $21,700 to $24,700
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Waldorf Academy 21700 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
Toronto, Ontario
Bathurst St./Eglinton Ave. West
 
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"NOW WITH LICENSED DAYCARE! Bring your child for a free trial to let him or her experience the difference. Don't be surprised if he or she doesn't want to go home at the end of the day! SUMMER CAMP PROGRAMS AVAILABLE!" —From the school

  • Gr. PS to 6 (Coed)
  • Montessori curriculum; Waldorf
  • $15,500 to $17,500
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Alive Montessori & Private School 15500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
Calgary, Alberta
 
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"Calgary Waldorf School’s rich and engaging curriculum carefully balances academic, artistic and practical activities to stimulate intelligence and encourage creativity." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 9 (Coed)
  • Waldorf curriculum
  • $3,890 to $14,850
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Calgary Waldorf School 3890 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Burlington, Ontario
Appleby Line/Upper Middle Road
 
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"Halton Waldorf School offers an education that fosters confidence, independence and intelligence. Located on five forested acres, the school has been uniquely designed to support the goals of Waldorf education. Est 1984" —From the school

  • Gr. PS to 12 (Coed)
  • Waldorf curriculum
  • $11,150 to $18,700
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Halton Waldorf School 11150 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Thornhill, Ontario
Bathurst St/Rutherford Rd
 
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"Toronto Waldorf School offers a curriculum that integrates academics, arts and movement while addressing the intellectual, physical, emotional and social aspects of child development from preschool to gr. 12." —From the school

  • Gr. NS to 12 (Coed)
  • Waldorf curriculum
  • $18,000 to $21,000
  • Day school
  • 360 students
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Toronto Waldorf School 18000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed

“It’s important to have a positive impact on the world,” she says, remembering the square-dancing festival she helped organize this year in Nunavut that joined communities across three-hour distances by air. “I feel very alive when I do that sort of work. In the outdoors, the basics of life are clear—food, shelter, relationships, how people work together,” she says.

Not everyone has the creativity to adapt to such diverse societies, unpredictable wilderness and quick-tempered group dynamics, yet still maintain the passion to keep exploring. According to Jacklein, it’s the type of person that the Halton Waldorf School in Burlington, Ontario helped form.

"We were encouraged to follow different interests, to find common ground across cultures, periods in history and countries. Now I can build human connections with my students. Everyone is trying to find meaning and purpose."

This really puts Waldorf in context. The Waldorf style of tackling subjects like medieval history through music, food, dances, and games and letting the students find their own lessons “opened [Jacklein’s] eyes to a broader way of approaching the world. It was about promoting young people’s natural love of learning and curiosity.”

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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