Vision and Mission

School Vision

Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School’s (HVS) vision is to nurture a collaborative, diverse and inclusive culture in which students are recognized for their unique gifts and have the opportunity to develop enthusiasm for learning that inspires life-long creative engagement in positive social change and renewal.

 

School Mission

Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School provides innovative, age-appropriate learning opportunities for students from kindergarten up through high school. We value and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion at our school, as hallmarks of an ethical society and as integral to sound learning. Our approach supports artistic, academic, physical, and moral growth, inspired by the educational insights of Rudolf Steiner[1]. Located on a biodynamic farm, our unique environment fosters healthy connections to the natural world. Our integrated curriculum cultivates social responsibility, personal integrity, intellectual curiosity, and practical capacities which empower students to meet the challenges and opportunities of the world today.

 

[1] Waldorf education has its roots in the spiritual-scientific research of the Austrian scientist and thinker Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925). According to Steiner’s philosophy, the human being is a threefold being of spirit, soul, and body whose capacities unfold in three developmental stages on the path to adulthood: early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence. Ref link – https://www.waldorfeducation.org/waldorf-education/rudolf-steiner-the-history-of-waldorf-education

 

One of the things I love about Hawthorne Valley is, what they teach. I love the fact that there is time for art, time for music, time for outside play. Childhood should, in fact, be a magical time. And a spacious time. A time where kids should run and play and turnover rocks and look at bugs and dig their hands into the dirt.
I love that my children are learning academics in such innovative ways: gaining a deep understanding of geometry with a class building project; or fractions through baking; or an astronomy block capped off by a camp out in which they take turns mapping the night sky and drawing the constellations.
It’s a magical place to be a student.
~ Christina Lowery, HVS Parent