Welcome From the Director

 School Director Don Grace

School Director Don Grace

As the Waldorf School of Lexington’s new school director, I recently went through a process similar to the one you as a parent are engaged in now—evaluating the school, trying to understand its strengths and what makes it special, and asking myself, “Is this the right place for me?”

I have had a long career in education and led a number of fine schools, and I was amazed by what I found at this school. Here are just some of the things that stood out for me:

  • A curriculum that comes alive through the integration of the arts, music, drama, movement, and academics across the grades
  • For younger students, an emphasis on self-directed exploration of the natural world, which fosters personal growth and provides a foundation for later learning in science
  • A refreshingly healthy and wholesome culture that actively promotes students’ well-being by (among other things) giving all children in the grades two 20-minute recess periods a day, balancing work loads to avoid stress, and keeping classrooms screen-free
  • A strong sense of community, with parents, faculty and staff deeply and creatively dedicated to the distinctive mission of Waldorf education

In a fast-paced, media-saturated world that often places undue pressure on children, the Waldorf School of Lexington stands out as a place where childhood is protected, a love of learning is fostered, and students are joyfully engaged in a rich academic curriculum.

I feel very fortunate to have joined such a warm, caring school community. I hope you too will be impressed by this time-tested and dynamic educational approach. I encourage you to visit our beautiful historic school buildings and campus, meet our teachers, and see Waldorf education in action.

I look forward to welcoming you when you come, and talking with you about how this can be the right place for your child and you.

Warmly,

Don Grace
School Director

Being a Waldorf student instilled in me a lifelong love of learning, deep reverence for nature, a holistic definition of success, and a well-rounded, compassionate worldview. My creativity was encouraged and nurtured, and my confidence blossomed. I was held to a high academic standard, yet truly enjoyed each of my lessons. Empathy, good listening skills, insatiable curiosity, and a firmly rooted sense of self are all things I attribute to my Waldorf education.
— Waldorf graduate
 A Waldorf teacher stays with her class from first through eighth grade, forming a bond that strengthens learning.

A Waldorf teacher stays with her class from first through eighth grade, forming a bond that strengthens learning.

 WSL has a strong math program, with math taught by the class teacher as well as a subject specialist from grades 6–8.

WSL has a strong math program, with math taught by the class teacher as well as a subject specialist from grades 6–8.

 From reading to knitting, there are many opportunities for older students to mentor younger children.

From reading to knitting, there are many opportunities for older students to mentor younger children.

 Early childhood teachers delight in exploring the wonders of the natural world with students.

Early childhood teachers delight in exploring the wonders of the natural world with students.

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