The parents make the community! There are a ton of opportunities for parents to be involved. I would describe the parents as generally very caring and inclusive, open to enabling all children to grow and develop and fostering opportunities for conflict resolution. Many of the parents have truly exceptional artistic and creative abilities and all of their beautiful talents are displayed during many of the school events.
Waldorf Academy has a wonderfully rich and active community of student, educators and parents – this community is a foundation of the Waldorf model of education. There are many opportunities throughout the year to come together – e.g the Winter Fair, student plays, parent festival, Spring Maypole festival.
This is a true community where parents, faculty, and staff are all working in partnership to set the direction of the school and to solve problems as they arise. The parents are not just welcome to be involved, they are at the heart of the school. The Community Council is extremely active - there are probably a quarter of the parents who are involved on a monthly basis. When input is needed on an important school issue, parents all engage and respond. A recent survey about the governance of the school saw 30 responses in a 48 hour period to a very long questionnaire. The Board is also made up almost exclusively of parents who volunteer hundreds of hours throughout the year to help the school flourish. Many events like the Winter Fair involve hundreds of hours of parent time to create artwork, plan song and dance, bake treats, transform the entire school and then set it back up again in time for Monday's classes.
The life of the school community at Waldorf Academy relies heavily on parent involvement. Parents are the driving force behind the festivals including the Winter Fair, May Fair, Lantern Walk, and Michaelmas play. We make costumes and props, bake cookies, and make refreshments, organize crafts, and BBQs. Parents also often assist teachers in delivering certain parts of the curriculum such as gardening, cooking, or building project, depending on their interests, skills, and availability. Some parents volunteer on Community Council. Others work on the Board. Truly, Waldorf schools wouldn't work without dedicated, involved parents. Being a Waldorf parent can be demanding at times, but it is also highly rewarding to be such an active part of your child's learning and to be part of such a passionate, and supportive community.
As a parent of a Waldorf Academy student you are welcome and encouraged to participate in the many of the schools activities. If you have a particular talent, you are often invited to share it either in the classroom, on the Community Council or on the Board of Directors. From field trips to school community activities like the Winter fair and May fair, parent volunteers are always welcome. You are encouraged to get involved in any way you can. With the smaller class sizes, most parents in each grade get to know each other quite well and as a result a lovely social dynamic develops. There are also opportunities for parents to participate in school run adult learning activities to help understand the Waldorf teaching philosophy.