About Whidbey Island Waldorf School

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A Foundation of Free & Innovative Thought


Whidbey Island Waldorf School has provided a comprehensive, whole-person, arts-integrated education on south Whidbey Island, Washington since 1985. We are blessed to be situated in the midst of a 100-acre forest preserve. The beauty of the landscape and the richness of the forest ecosystem provide our students with a wealth of inspiration and resource for a direct experience of the natural world. 

Further, our extraordinary faculty brings decades of combined teaching experience, vast knowledge of child-development, and deep commitment both to their craft and to the children in their care. Whidbey Island Waldorf School is an pedagogically-established school that draws Waldorf families and teachers from across the country and the world.

 
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Founded in 1985

Nestled into a 100-acre forest preserve.

 

Natural Beauty, Open Community

Just an hour north of Seattle and ten minutes from Langley-by-the-Sea, Whidbey Island Waldorf School offers the best of educational possibilities combined with the beauty of island living. The deep forest, the vast ocean surround, and the mountains that line the horizon support the holistic, enlivening curriculum.

More than an inspired school in a lovely setting, WIWS is also a community of students, their parents, teachers and friends joined together for the nurturing of the free and creative individual and for service to the greater good. Both Whidbey Island and Whidbey Island Waldorf School provide an incomparably beautiful and healthy place to raise and educate children prepared for the rapidly changing and challenging post-modern world.

“We came for the majestic land and the opportunities provided by the curriculum. We stay because this community has become our family.”
— Nydia Blood, current WIWS Parent

Mission

To cultivate in students a life-long love of learning and nurture their capacities for clear thinking, compassion and moral strength.

Whidbey Island Waldorf School is part of a worldwide educational movement arising from Rudolf Steiner’s insights that supports the evolution of human consciousness.

Guided by love for each student and inspired by spiritual striving, teachers lead students through an educational journey that honors each stage of child development. This experience fosters a life-long love of learning. Thus nurtured, enlivened and empowered, students build a foundation that supports their emergence as free and responsive adults.

United by our intention for individual and social growth, our community of teachers, staff, parents, and friends strives’ to realize relationships of commitment, compassion and collaboration while navigating the turbulent waters of social change.


Vision

WIWS graduates thrive as world citizens who think independently, serve others and take action for the common good.

WIWS thrives through the strength and quality of its faculty, staff and board, the generosity and engagement of its parents, and mutually beneficial relationships with its neighbors, donors and the larger South Whidbey community.

Values

Preserving Childhood

We guide the unfolding of each child’s innate gifts and interest in the world through an age-appropriate curriculum.

Excellence

We provide a rigorous and holistic education that challenges students to do and be their very best.

Community

We cultivate a social life in which each person is valued and has a sense of belonging.

Social Inclusion

We tend relationships and work through conflicts with courage, compassion and love.

Engagement

We value the vital contribution of individual perspective, service, and goodwill.

Stewardship

We honor the island forest land that we occupy, its history, and its unseen forces working within us.

Spiritual Insight

We acknowledge the ever-present help of the spiritual world and seek inspiration and guidance to fulfill our mission and vision.

“This is one of the best places to go to school as a young student! WIWS spends time working to create intelligent, well-rounded humans instead of simply forcing students to regurgitate information on standardized tests. Students spend time learning life skills such as: sewing, cooking, self-care, physical health and independent thinking, which prepare them for life beyond elementary school.”
— Rachael Arand, WIWS Alum
 
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Statement of Non-Discrimination

WIWS would like to reaffirm our commitment to creating and nurturing an inclusive, diverse and welcoming community for every student and family. We stand in support of each and every WIWS student and family, regardless of nation of origin, race, immigration status, religious affiliation or LGBTQIA identity.

We love and honor all of our students and families and feel blessed to have you all in our community.

 
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Land History Acknowledgement

We acknowledge this place, its history, and the people—past, present, and future—upon whose traditional lands we live and work. Whidbey Island Waldorf School is located on the territory of the Lower Skagit, Swinomish, Suqamish, and Snohomish tribes - the island Tscha-kole-chy, named Whidbey Island by colonial settlers. We acknowledge this timeless sacred place, its history, and the people - past, present, and future - upon whose traditional lands we live and work.