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The first Waldorf School was revolutionary for its time - open to children from all social, religious, racial, and economic backgrounds, and co-educational. By 1928 it had grown to become the largest non-denominational school in Germany, serving as a model for other Waldorf Schools in Germany, Switzerland, Holland, England, and the United States. Waldorf education continues to change the world every day by preparing children around the globe to meet the future.

1919

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

1919

1928

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

1928

1987

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.

1987

1990

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

1990

1991

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.

1991

1992

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 AWS moved to this new location.

1992

2000

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

2000

2004

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

2004

2009

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

2009

2011

Aurora Waldorf School celebrates 20 years of educating children.

2011

2019

Waldorf education celebrated its 100th year of preparing students to meet the future. AWS celebrated this milestone with a community picnic.

2019

2020

Aurora Waldorf School is accredited by the Association of Waldorf Schools in North America (AWSNA).

2020

2021

Aurora Waldorf School Celebrates its 30th Anniversary with Growth, Grit, and Gratitude!

2021