The Waldorf School of Lexington provides an arts-integrated academic education. We offer a curriculum rich in the humanities and sciences as well as practical and fine arts, grounded in the pedagogical principles and methods of Austrian philosopher and educator Rudolph Steiner.
Cultivating critical thinking, creativity, and perseverance in our students, we strive to instill an enthusiasm for learning, skills in collaboration, and the confidence to engage in a changing world.
Adjacent to the 185-acre Great Meadows conservation land, the Waldorf School of Lexington, founded in 1972, serves students from preschool through grade 8. The school offers a challenging academic program, provided by faculty educated in the understanding of students’ cognitive, emotional, and physical developmental stages.
A member of a global network of Waldorf schools, WSL provides a rich, rounded curriculum with a balance of academics, arts, music, and physical education. Beginning in first grade, the program integrates humanities and sciences with creative arts as well as two foreign languages. From grades 3–8, all students study a string or woodwind instrument and play together in a school ensemble or orchestra. The dramatic arts animate the curriculum with all elementary students participating in a class play yearly.
WSL expands its classrooms into the natural surroundings with an organic gardening program, farm and field trips, nature observation and walks on conservation land, and through its seasonal, community festivals. Athletics and movement are an important part of every student's day through eighth grade.
Sustained by a vibrant community of educators and supported by engaged parents, the school’s educational philosophy and culture instills in students respect for themselves, for each other, and for the living world around them. Our graduates enroll in a wide variety of independent and public high schools, colleges, and universities. WSL prepares students for a lifetime of engaged, self-directed learning.
WSL welcomes students, parents, faculty, and staff of all races and sexual orientations, and of all faiths and creeds. We reject discrimination in all its forms, and embrace the principles of common humanity expressed by the founder of Waldorf education, Rudolf Steiner:
[We] must seek to unite people of all races and nations, and to bridge the divisions and differences between various groups of people. (Rudolf Steiner, The Universal Human, Lecture 1)
As part of our commitment to creating a welcoming and safe learning environment for all individuals, WSL has created a policy for addressing instances of suspected bullying, as required by the State of Massachusetts. The policy includes protocols for how parents, students, or other members of the community may report suspected bullying behavior, and how the school is to respond to such reports. Click here to read the complete policy.
The Waldorf School of Lexington is accredited by the Association of Independent Schools of New England (AISNE) and the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA). The school is also a member of AISNE and the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).