From the Director

School Director Robert Schiappacasse

School Director Robert Schiappacasse

We live in an era where education has, with the best of intentions, lost sight of the very children it seeks to teach, and the future it must serve. Children across the U.S. are increasingly over-scheduled, over-tested, and over-exposed to electronic devices and social media. Yet evidence is scant that these trends lead to better outcomes. In fact, according to The New York Times, anxiety and depression are on the rise among college students. The causes range, they report, from “mounting academic pressure at earlier ages to overprotective parents to compulsive engagement with social media.”

At WSL, we respect children’s natural pace of development. Young children exercise their imaginations and their bodies through imaginative play, in the classroom and in nature. They imitate teachers who set inspiring examples of how to treat others, collaborate, solve problems, and get along in the world. We do not race from one milestone to the next. Rather, we cultivate children’s capacities as they emerge, building confidence naturally along the way.

In the elementary grades, students meet an increasing range of academic and artistic challenges. All of our students in grades 1–8 are guided to develop to the very best of their abilities as scholars, musicians, artists, athletes, social collaborators, dramatists, and crafts persons. They learn from passionate teachers who are dedicated to the art of education—teachers who know from rigorous training and experience that children learn best through an experiential and artistically infused academic curriculum, and in relationship with a caring teacher-mentor and a cohesive peer group.

Parents who choose WSL do so because they are looking for a proven educational program and a school community of like-minded educators and families. They value our goal of developing their child's character, physical well-being, social awareness, artistry, and individual voice—along with their academic skills.

Our graduates are a testament to this understanding of human development. They continue their education at fine high schools, colleges, and universities while passionately pursuing their interests throughout their lives. I hope you too will feel the pull of this time-tested and dynamic approach, and will come visit our campus, experience our school culture, meet our teachers, and see Waldorf education in action.

I look forward to meeting you when you come.

Robert Schiappacasse
School Director

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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