Mission & History

Mission Statement

Da Vinci Waldorf School teaches children to embrace learning through a developmentally-appropriate, multidisciplinary, experiential curriculum which leads to clear and critical thinking, ethical and compassionate actions, and the ability to make a difference in the world.


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.