Based on a developmental understanding of the learning process and view of the student that takes human spirituality seriously, Summerfield Waldorf School and Farm offers students a comprehensive learning environment designed to challenge and support them in strengthening their cognitive, emotional and intentional abilities. We support the growth of social awareness and active tolerance, and to give students the experiential background they need to meet new challenges in a creative and responsible manner.
School-wide Learning Goals
- a clear sense of his/her strengths and weaknesses, gifts and challenges, and will have developed the tools to work with them.
- a solid understanding of the methods of, and contemporary issues in, the areas of science, mathematics, history, language and the social sciences. In addition, s/he will have attained basic proficiency in a foreign language.
- explored various fields of artistic expression and gained a high level of proficiency in at least one of these.
- gained a sense of contemporary social issues as well as a basic understanding of how they have come into being. Ideally, the two together have come to life enough within the student's soul so that s/he has a sense of social responsibility and the tools to live accordingly.
- had the opportunity to explore, in depth, those questions which lie at the foundation of human experience - life, death, friendship, spirituality, and vocation.
- acquired life skills in interpersonal communication and conflict management, decision-making, parenting, time management, the art of entertainment, and the ability to play.
- gained the ability to form judgments independently. This means that s/he will not only have learned what to think but, more importantly, will have acquired the skills of thinking and can apply these to enhance her/his understanding. This thinking should be as richly textured and as individually colored as possible. Each student will have the feeling that s/he is now able to take on the task of self-education.
Diversity in Waldorf Education
Waldorf schools are independent schools, which are designed to educate all children, regardless of their cultural or religious backgrounds. The pedagogical method is comprehensive, and, as part of its task, seeks to bring recognition and understanding to any world culture or religion. The Waldorf School, founded in 1919 by Rudolf Steiner, is not part of any church.
Waldorf schools are committed to developing the human potential of each child to its fullest. Admission to the schools is open to everyone, without regard to race, sex, creed, religion, national origin, or ethnicity. In company with many other tuition-based independent schools, Waldorf schools are actively seeking ways to increase the economic and ethnic diversity of their student populations.
It is a fundamental goal of our education to bring students to an understanding and experience of the common humanity of all the world’s peoples, transcending the stereotypes, prejudices, and divisive barriers of classification by sex, race and nationality. We most emphatically reject racism in all its forms, and embrace the principles of common humanity expressed by the founder of Waldorf education, Rudolf Steiner: “[We] must cast aside the division into races. [We] must seek to unite people of all races and nations, and to bridge the divisions and differences between various groups of people.”
-- Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA)