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Waldorf Education in New York: Rudolf Steiner School


Interested in Waldorf Education for your child? 

Spring Tours for Lower Grades
Open House: Grades 7-12 on Thursday, April 9 from 6:30-8:00 PM.

The Rudolf Steiner School, on the Upper East Side near the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is the first Waldorf school in North America (est. 1928). The coed school of 325 students is part of an international community of 1,200 schools worldwide – the first was born in Stuttgart, Germany in 1919. From age two in our Early Childhood program through Grade 12, we cultivate students’ imaginations through the use of the arts in our studies of humanities, science, and math.

The Waldorf method is designed to engage growing children with their surrounding world: in the Early Childhood through creative play and daily trips to Central Park; in Elementary School, students learn through social, emotional, and academic growth; and in the High School, the intellectual perspective combines the visual and performing arts with the academic curriculum.

In the grades, each morning begins with a “main lesson” in one subject that lasts for three to four weeks. Students create beautifully illustrated main lesson books, which help them become independent, self-directed, and confident learners. Teachers stay with their class for several grades, sometimes from first though eighth grade. Students develop lasting relationships with their classmates and teachers.

The high school prepares students for life by cultivating artistic expression, excellent writing, public speaking and through a rich academic program. Tenth grade students may participate in the school’s foreign exchange program where they live with a Waldorf family and attend schools in Europe and South America. Students enjoy a social life that is lively and warm. Many participate in sports, including soccer, volleyball, basketball, softball and track, which are open to all students. Community service and trips to farms, theater, and museums enhance the curriculum.

Popular college choices include Georgetown, Brown, Columbia, Middlebury, Vassar, Smith and Rhode Island School of Design. Steiner graduates pursue a path defined by academic excellence, global perspective, social and environmental conscience, and well-earned confidence.


Call or e-mail to arrange for a spring tour of our Early Childhood through grade 6 program, and attend our Open House for grades 7-12 on Thursday, April 9 from 6:30-8:00 PM.

Learn more about why Waldorf education inspires students to be thinkers, creators, and innovators.

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