Welcome to the Kelowna Waldorf School!
The Kelowna Waldorf School has been serving children and families since 1981 in the Kelowna community. The KWS offers parent and tot, early childhood education programs, Kindergarten through Grade 8 with an average student teacher ratio of one to fourteen. The Waldorf approach works from the inside out, focusing on giving children a deep confidence in their own learning process, and having a deep sense of wonder and respect for life and learning. Learn more about why so many parents like you, choose Waldorf education.
About Waldorf Education:
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Waldorf schools offer a developmentally appropriate, experiential approach to education. They integrate the arts and academics for children from preschool through twelfth grade. Waldorf Education aims to inspire life-long learning in all students and to enable them to fully develop their unique capacities.
Founded in the early 20th century, Waldorf Education is based on the insights, teachings and principles of education outlined by the world renowned anthroposophist, artist, and scientist, Rudolf Steiner. The principles of Waldorf Education evolve from a profound understanding of human development that address the needs of the growing child. These principles inspire and guide teachers, administrators, trustees and parents today.
The Waldorf curriculum is broad and comprehensive. Structured to respond to the three developmental phases of childhood – birth to 6 or 7 years, 7 to 14 years and 14 to 21 years – Rudolf Steiner stressed to teachers that the best way to provide meaningful support for the child is to comprehend these phases fully and to bring "age appropriate" content that nourishes healthy growth for the Waldorf student. Music, dance and theater, writing, literature, legends and myths are not simply subjects to be read about and tested. They are experienced. Through these experiences, Waldorf students cultivate their intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual capacities to be individuals certain of their paths and to be of service to the world.
Teachers in Waldorf schools are dedicated to generating an inner enthusiasm for learning within every child. This eliminates the need for competitive testing, academic placement, and behavioristic rewards to motivate learning and allows motivation to arise from within. It helps engender the capacity for joyful life-long learning. Waldorf Education is independent and inclusive. It upholds the principles of freedom in education and engages independent administration locally, continentally and internationally. It is regionally appropriate education with hundreds of schools worldwide today.
Starting in the kindergarten years, children develop imaginative play. This foundation is then built on to lead to a rich academic experience that supports children in reaching their full potential. Although the Waldorf method was founded by Rudolf Steiner in the 20th century, the approach has been proven out through recent brain
research with children, demonstrating that creating a strong foundation early via storytelling, dance, singing and hands on arts & crafts, helps develop a life-long passion for learning through developing imagination and confidence. Once they are exposed to math, reading, etc, Waldorf students invariably catch and frequently surpass mainstream students quickly.
Here is a picture of our school. Steiner and others thought carefully about design, architecture and art. If you're fascinated with architecture, and bored with the same cookie cutter buildings, you might be refreshed with the architecture of our school. Read why the schools are designed in a unique and distinct way at Waldorf.
The Kelowna Waldorf School is located in the beautiful Okanagan city of Kelowna. To learn more about the Kelowna community and our school, click here to learn more.