Our School Mission is to Cultivate Critical Thinking
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 1971 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.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
The Waldorf School of Lexington is committed to an ongoing process of learning, listening and deepening our understanding of equity and inclusion. With reverence, we strive to create, embrace and support a diverse, equitable and inclusive community where everyone feels respected, connected and valued.
The Waldorf School of Lexington welcomes students, families, faculty, and staff of all races, ethnicities, cultural and religious heritages, socio-economic backgrounds, geographic origins, gender identities, sexual orientations, and family structures. We reject discrimination in all its forms, and embrace the principles of common humanity expressed by the founder of Waldorf education, Rudolf Steiner. WSL has adopted the position statement of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA).
Shared Community Values
The five Shared Community Values and the Shared Values Statement below reflect how we—faculty, staff, parents, and board members—aspire to interact with each other. 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
Bullying Prevention & Intervention Plan
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.
Gender Diversity Statement
The Waldorf School of Lexington promotes respect for all people and is committed to creating a culture that fosters learning and growth around differences and appreciation for the strength and wisdom that comes from diversity. Consistent with these values, we seek to foster an educational environment that is safe, welcoming, and free from stigma and discrimination of all students, regardless of their gender identity and/or gender expression. Our focus is to create an environment that values each person. Particularly with respect to transgender and gender non-conforming students, we will work closely with students and their families to strive to honor their wishes with respect to use of school facilities, participation in athletics, accuracy of student records, use of preferred name and pronouns, and privacy, in accordance with applicable law, and to the extent that our campus facilities reasonably permit. The school’s Gender Diversity Policy is intended to guide students and their families with regard to our practices that may uniquely impact transgender and gender non-conforming students. This policy does not anticipate every situation that might occur with respect to transgender students; the needs of each student will continue to be assessed on a case-by-case basis. For more information, please contact our School Counselor or School Director.