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Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings who are able out of their own initiative to impart purpose and direction to their lives.
Rudolf Steiner, founder of Waldorf Education

Welcome to Whidbey Island Waldorf School

Outdoor Forest Kindergarten at WIWS!
Outdoor Education at its Finest
Reverence for nature and honoring of her seasons and cycles are part and parcel of a Waldorf education. In keeping with this spirit of reverence and in accordance with our strong support of play-based Early Childhood education, our Kindergarten students enjoy significant time out-of-doors.
Our young students in the Sunflower Kindergarten begin their days inside with an art or craft, and then go outside for walks and play on the beautiful 100-acre forest preserve upon which our beautiful campus is situated.
Students in the Golden Forest Kindergarten spend all their time outside on the land, playing, singing, moving, walking and at least one day a week, roasting potatoes!
To read more about Forest/Outdoor Kindergartens, click

AWSNA, the Assocation of Waldorf Schools of North America, is pleased to announce a new education blog called "Essentials In Education."

The first post is called Outdoor Education - Beyond Environmentalism. Here's an excerpt:

"Unstructured play outdoors brings challenges and experiences so beneficial that they cannot be replaced by any other activity. Whether for play, observation, appreciation, scientific exploration or purposeful activity-time outdoors is absolutely essential to learning and child development."

  • In fact, scientific research has touted the benefits of time outdoors for the past 30 years. When it involves studies with children, the focus has primarily been around physical health, psychological health, behavioral influence, and cognitive functioning. The results are astounding. Study after study shows that time spent outdoors plays an essential role in better learning and overall health, well being, and brain functioning for children of all ages."

    You can read the entire post on the new blog site here.

    Click this link to read the most recent blogpost, "The Benefits of Productive Solitude"

"Balance is a key word in our education. A child is not some cerebral machine stuck behind a desk

to be stuffed with facts and information. A child is an awakening intellect, a burgeoning emotive being,

and a being of the will--the will to live, discover

and grow. Any education worthy of the name

must address itself to all three of these faculties

in the name of wholeness and health."

~Bill Bryant, from "Waldorf Education: The Art of Awakening the Child"

Link to our Resource Gallery to read an article about 6th Grade Archery here at WIWS!

"I rejoice that my children are met each day by our outstanding and dedicated faculty, by the juicy

curriculum, and by the spirit of this education which, 

at its heart, has true respect for the soul of the child

I am so grateful to have found 

this fertile soil for their eager, budding selves."

   ~Sarah Walston, WIWS parent

2016-17 marks 31 years of 

Waldorf education at WIWS!

View our Student Gallery for videos of student performances!

View our Gallery Page for videos, interviews, and articles of interest
about Waldorf Education!    



"It is aliveness that must be the guiding principle.
Joy and happiness in living, a love of all existence,
a power and energy for work, and imagination,
a sense of truth and a feeling of responsibility...
These are the forces which are the very nerve of education."

~ Rudolf Steiner

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Welcome to our 31st year!

Tours every Thursday at 11:30 am during the school year. Please call the office ahead of time to let us know you're coming.

Tours available at other times too, please call the office or email Enrollment and Outreach director karina@wiws.org to book a day and time.

Celebrating 31 years of Waldorf Education on Whidbey Island.

WIWS featured in Whidbey Life Magazine, online!

1st article: A review of our much-beloved annual Potlatch.

2nd article: Mayfaire and Waldorf education at WIWS:
 "Celebrate Spring with Mayfaire Festival".

Special thanks to writer Kate Poss and to Whidbey LIfe Magazine!

Autumn brings weather storms to the Pacific Northwest region.
Whidbey Island Waldorf School follows the South Whidbey district school board on weather-related school closures. If the district is closed due to emergency weather, WIWS is closed.


Up Next...

Join us as we open our school for this public observation of Dia De Los Muertos.
Tuesday, November 1st, from 7-9pm.
Introduction to the tradition at 7pm, followed by an open vigil. No need to RSVP, just come as you wish.

Adult Education!

Emotion Coaching: the Heart of Parenting
Join us for an evening of video, discussion and Q & A with Early Childhood master teacher Vanessa Kohlhaas.
November 3rd, 6pm - 9pm
$25/person or $35 per couple
on our campus at 6335 Old Pietila Road, Clinton
To join, please email Karina at karina@wiws.org or call 360-341-5686

Bringing Baby Home
A weekend Retreat for expecting couples
December 10-11, 9am - 4pm
(with a catered lunch available for an additional fee at the workshop)
Bringing Baby Home was developed by Drs. John and Julie Gottman out of their research on couples and parenting.
This weekend retreat will be led by Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher Vanessa Kohlhaas.

To register, please email Karina at karina@wiws.org


Whidbey Island Waldorf School is looking for a new Spanish teacher, to begin immediately.

We are seeking an Early Childhood Assistant Teacher, Thursday and Friday afternoons from 12:15pm - 2:45pm.

Substitute teachers for Early Childhood and Grades are welcome to apply.

Please see our Employment page for more details, thank you!


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