Inspiring Life-long Learning for 25 Years
How We Teach
Da Vinci Waldorf School provides a rich and broad education, from early childhood through eighth grade, that prepares students not only for future academic pursuits but for a life fueled by self motivation and filled with joyful learning.
Our goal is not to teach children as much as possible, as early as possible. Instead, we craft our curriculum in ways that spark and empower young minds at each developmental stage. Students are surrounded by a community of caring educators and engaged parents who are committed to uncovering and encouraging the unique gifts in each child.
Our educational approach rests on time-tested principles developed more than a century ago which are nonetheless considered progressive and cutting edge today, among them the importance of experiential learning and whole-child development. Today, the Waldorf model is used by more than 1,000 independent schools in countries around the world.
Applying these principles, our teachers engage their students through immersive, hands-on lessons which are designed to provoke critical and imaginative thinking, not merely the memorization of material. Year after year, we witness the successful results in our curious, creative, compassionate students.
If you are a parent looking for a progressive alternative for your child, we encourage you to schedule a tour.
Children thrive at Da Vinci Waldorf School.
Children deserve an inspired education that allows them to grow up balanced, confident, and able to think for themselves.
The journey begins in our parent-child program, moving seamlessly into our warm, homelike, play-based preschool and kindergarten. Our developmentally-based curriculum in grade school includes music, arts, and outdoor play for all students every day, multi-sensory and experiential learning, and academic excellence without high-stakes testing.
When children relate what they learn to their own experience, they are interested and fully engaged, and what they learn becomes their own. Da Vinci Waldorf School is designed to foster this kind of learning.
The Parent-Child class is a once-per-week class for children ages 18 months to 3.5 years old (and their grownups!) The Parent-Child experience echoes the rhythms and atmosphere of our Preschool & Kindergarten classrooms, serving as a perfect bridge for young children as they prepare for preschool. More information can be found here.
Preschool & Kindergarten
Our Preschool & Kindergarten program currently consists of three classrooms—
- Apple Blossom Garden
- Sunflower Garden
- Wonder Garden.
Apple Blossom Garden and Sunflower Garden are both mixed-age classes from age 4-6. We offer flexible 2, 3, 4 and 5 day options for these classes. Wonder Garden is for our littlest preschoolers, ages 3-4. Wonder Garden currently offers 2 and 3 day programs.
Preschool and Kindergarten classes are from 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., with optional, flexible Extended Day until 3:30. An Aftercare program is available until 6 p.m., when there is enough interest (check here for the current schedule.) We also offer a Before School Care program for early arrival. Enrollment for preschool/Kindergarten is ongoing; parents are welcome to enroll mid-session for a prorated fee as long as space is available. The school year generally runs from the Tuesday after Labor Day until the end of May (beginning of June for Kindergarten.)
Our grade school serves grades 1-8. Most classes are stand-alone, with occasional mixed-grade classes. Classes are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. We offer a Before School Care program for early arrival, and an Aftercare program is available until 6 p.m., when there is enough interest (check here for the current schedule.) Enrollment for the Grades Program is ongoing; parents are welcome to enroll mid-session for a prorated fee as long as space is available. The school year generally runs from the Tuesday after Labor Day until the first week of June. Feel free to visit our calendar for details on holidays observed and time off. Learn more about our Grades Program and curriculum here.