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 Rudolf 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.
For parents who want a balanced approach to educating their child in mind, body, and spirit, the Waldorf School of Lexington provides a challenging, arts-integrated curriculum in a healthy, joyful, and media-free environment.
One of over 1,200 Waldorf schools worldwide, WSL was founded in 1972 and serves 200 students from preschool through grade 8. Our program features highly trained, experienced faculty and an academic curriculum that is carefully mapped to children’s cognitive, emotional, and physical developmental stages.
The cornerstone of WSL’s early childhood program is creative free play, which research indicates is crucial for healthy development. We very deliberately do not accelerate academic learning in preschool or kindergarten. Caring teachers create a warm, nurturing environment, where an unhurried childhood can unfold.
Beginning in first grade, students study math, science, the humanities, and two foreign languages. Music and the visual arts enrich each school day across the grades, and all students act in a class play and learn traditional handwork skills. Students take up a stringed instrument in third grade, with older students playing in a school ensemble or orchestra.
Athletics and movement are an important part of every student’s day. Elementary and middle school students have two recess periods daily, and younger students spend time outdoors, exploring the natural world in nearby conservation land. Students also participate in WSL’s gardening program, farm and field trips, and seasonal festivals. The 7th and 8th grade years feature trips to Hulbert Outdoor Center and Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership.
At the Waldorf School of Lexington, we prepare students for a lifetime of engaged, self-directed learning. Our graduates thrive at a wide variety of secondary and post-secondary schools. Above all, WSL is a school where each child is seen, known, and loved. And that can change the world.
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)
Shared Community Values
In the fall of 2015, the Board of Trustees embarked upon a process to mindfully identify the shared values of our school community. Distinct from educational programing, the shared values are intended to reflect how we—faculty, staff, parents, and board members—aspire to interact with each other.
Over a period of a year and half—through a series of meetings, surveys, and facilitated dialogue—each constituency at WSL helped to identify five primary values and the concise values statement below. Our goal is for these shared values to guide us as we work together on behalf of the Waldorf school community.
Shared Values Statement
We are a joyfully engaged Waldorf community dedicated to learning, celebrating diversity, and cultivating the infinite potential of the human spirit. With respect, trust, and openness, we embrace our differences as we foster human development and collaboration, enjoying the present moment together.
The Waldorf School of Lexington is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA). The school is also a member of the Association of Independent Schools of New England (AISNE) and the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).
Safe & Welcoming Environment
As part of our commitment to creating a safe and welcoming learning environment for all individuals, WSL has created a Bullying Prevention & Intervention Plan for addressing instances of suspected bullying, as required by the State of Massachusetts. The plan 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.