Through the power of imagination, we inspire children to think freely, responsibly, and creatively, to live compassionately, and to embrace learning throughout their lives. Working cooperatively and with integrity, teachers and parents nurture the child’s body, mind, and spirit using the wisdom given by Rudolf Steiner. We strive to prepare children to meet the challenges of our world and the future with clarity of thought, a caring heart, and the confidence to initiate the positive transformation of society.
Da Vinci Waldorf School (then Water’s Edge School) was founded in 1998 by a group of home-schooling parents with an interest in Waldorf education. These parents found an experienced, Waldorf early education teacher who lived locally. They rented one room at the Federated Church of Wauconda on Barrington Road and started a one-day per week preschool-kindergarten classroom.
While at the Federated Church, the school continued to expand its preschool-kindergarten program and added a parent-child program. In 2003, Da Vinci (as Water’s Edge School) began its grades program with the One Room Schoolhouse, a multi-age program.
In the 2005-2006 school year, the school started its first traditional Waldorf first grade and purchased its own building on Bonner Road with the help of parents and friends of the community.
The Da Vinci Waldorf community includes families from northwest Cook County, Lake and McHenry counties. Families come from near as well as more distant communities including:
Antioch, Arlington Heights, Barrington, Buffalo Grove, Carpentersville, Cary, Crystal Lake, Deer Park, Fox River Grove, Fox Lake, Grayslake, Gurnee, Hainesville, Hoffman Estates, Island Lake, Kildeer, Lake Villa, Lake Zurich, Libertyville, Lincolnshire, Lindenhurst, McHenry, Mundelein, Round Lake, Round Lake Beach, Spring Grove, Vernon Hills, Wauconda and Woodstock.
Da Vinci Waldorf School looks forward to continued growth. In the next few years, the school will embark on a campus expansion campaign to increase classroom and community space on our 3-acre campus. The planned expansion will incorporate both anthroposophic architecture and green building techniques.