Curriculum Overview

Early Childhood Overview
Waldorf education begins in early childhood with a strong emphasis on play, which lays the foundation for later academic success.  Before age seven, children need to exercise both their bodies and their imaginations if they are to truly thrive in school later on.   A curriculum that includes cooking, baking, hiking and outdoor play, building, art, music, and storytelling offer young children just what they love and need. Learn more about the Parent Child Program here and the Preschool-Kindergarten Program here.

Grade School Overview

Waldorf education at Da Vinci Waldorf School provides a challenging classical curriculum for the grade school child. It encompasses a variety of subjects and activities that support the different stages of child development. Our program integrates fine arts, practical arts, music, movement and languages with academics. We serve children in grades 1 through 8.

As a dynamic process, each grade’s curriculum is intended as a descriptive guide for teachers, providing latitude for each teacher’s creativity and imagination as they seek to enliven the subjects for the students. In addition, the art of teaching in Waldorf schools celebrates the teacher’s dedication to their own pursuit of a lifetime of learning as they move through the grades with their students.

Waldorf education is based on a comprehensive understanding of human development. The uniqueness of the Waldorf system lies not so much in what the children are taught (they pursue a rigorous classical curriculum) but in how and when.

Waldorf education is cautious about introducing abstract intellectual concepts too soon, aiming instead to bring the intellectual faculty to full flower in a deliberately gradual way. We believe that many dilemmas of the modern world are the direct result of intellectual knowledge that has outstripped our capacities for empathy, morality, and creativity in solving problems. Waldorf education is designed to help children develop strengths for a lifetime.