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Waldorf Philosophy

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At Aurora Waldorf School, we believe:

  • Childhood is to be honored and preserved
  • Learning is not to be rushed
  • School can be a joyful place
  • Every child deserves to be outside every day
  • The arts are essential to our humanity
  • Excellence is possible for every child
  • Education is more than just the exchange of facts and information

Our school values put the Waldorf philosophy into practice!

  • Relationship-Based Education: We create a network of deep, lasting relationships that build confidence and self-sufficiency.
  • Appreciation for the Natural World: We extend the classroom into the outdoors, translating joy-filled learning into wonder and appreciation for the natural world.
  • Learning to Change the World: We strive to cultivate in our students a life-long love of learning and the capacities to selflessly contribute to a better world.
  • Learning in Community: We educate the entire family, adults consciously leading children and each other, to realize their full potential and become their best selves.

The Waldorf approach is developmentally appropriate and time-tested. Waldorf education is changing the world every day and has been preparing children around the globe to meet the future for over 100 years.

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AWS actively encourages and supports diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in all areas of our community life. We are committed to being an anti-racist school, acknowledging the global effects of colorism which have widened the disparities of Black, Brown, Indigenous, and all People of Color. We also recognize that the founder of Waldorf education, Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) made damaging statements towards and about people of color. We appreciate and share the statement made by the Association of Waldorf Schools of North American regarding Rudolf Steiner’s racist remarks:

We acknowledge that Rudolf Steiner, founder of Waldorf education (1919), offered many profound insights that support the value and dignity of each human being and form the foundation of our organization’s histories and worldview. Yet, he also made statements that reflect harmful assertions regarding race and ethnicity. Racism, explicit or implicit, stands in direct conflict to the fundamental principles of Waldorf education. We commit to working to address any dehumanizing or disparaging aspects of our history and practices. - AWSNA (the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America)