History & Today

On September 19, 1919, the Independent Waldorf School (die Freie Waldorfschule) opened its doors in Stuttgart, Germany. Founded by the Austrian scientist and thinker Rudolf Steiner in response to the political chaos of the Weimar Republic, it aimed to set the new generation a path toward social renewal.


The first Waldorf school was founded in North America, named Rudolf Steiner School of New York City.


A Waldorf Kindergarten teacher published an article on Waldorf education in a local Buffalo newspaper, which planted the seed for the formation of Aurora Waldorf School.


A small group of parents began to study the philosophy of this innovative way of teaching together, and in the spring of 1990, formed the Waldorf School Initiative of Western New York.


Enthusiasm for this new school initiative grew quickly, invigorated by visiting master teachers from all over North America, experts in the field of Waldorf education. Just one year later, on the top floor of a rented church/school building in Orchard Park, 14 Kindergartners, 12 Grade One students, and their teachers celebrated the grand opening of Aurora Waldorf School on September 4, 1991.


A new site for the school became available in the West Falls Elementary School building, still the current location. Amid rolling hills, woods, and open fields, with large sunlit classrooms, a gymnasium, and an auditorium, the site satisfied virtually all of the school's needs, and the decision was made to move to this new location.


The first Eighth Grade class graduated from Aurora Waldorf school, sending eleven students going off to local public and private high schools.


Aurora Waldorf School purchased the building and thirteen surrounding acres from East Aurora School District.


With more families joining from the City of Buffalo, a daily student bus service was instituted between Buffalo and Aurora Waldorf School.


Aurora Waldorf School welcomes students in preschool through eighth grade, supported by a faculty of dedicated teachers. Active parents and friends, along with a committed Board of Trustees, support the school with fundraising activities as well as other educational and social events for school families and members of the broader community.


Waldorf education will celebrate its 100th year of preparing students to meet the future.


The Association of Waldorf Schools in North America (AWSNA) accredits Aurora Waldorf School.


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