Waldorf School Of Lexington

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Waldorf School Of Lexington Photo #1 - Our students do not audition. Every student joins in class plays, chorus, orchestra, woodworking, movement, painting, and handwork.
Waldorf School Of Lexington Photo #2 - At WSL, learning is an active, engaging, joyful pursuit.
Waldorf School Of Lexington Photo #3 - WSL faculty are high trained, dynamic educators.
Waldorf School Of Lexington Photo #4 - At WSL, young children do not spend the day behind desks. They are outdoors nearly every day, engaged in hands-on exploration and direct observation of the natural world.
Waldorf School Of Lexington Photo #5 - Academics are introduced in an age-appropriate manner, in line with the well established developmental phases of childhood. This leads to confident, happy students who retain what they learn and are eager for further study.
Waldorf School Of Lexington Photo #6 - The 5th grade Olympics is one of many exciting events and festivals that enliven the curriculum and showcase students' achievements in music, drama, and athletics.
Waldorf School Of Lexington Photo #7 - Foreign language instruction begins in first grade and continues through eighth. All students study Spanish and German until 7th grade, when they specialize in the language of their choice. The curriculum is dynamic and engaging, featuring singing, plays, poems and games.
Waldorf School Of Lexington Photo #8 - WSL's after-school athletics program begins in 6th grade with boys and girls soccer and basketball teams.
Waldorf School Of Lexington Photo #9 - With a campus abutting 185 acres of conservation land, nature walks and gardening are an ongoing part of the WSL curriculum. These activities provide a hands-on foundation for WSL's engaging science curriculum, which is based on direct observation and experimentation.
  • The Waldorf School of Lexington serves 150 students from preschool through grade 8.
  • Play is the cornerstone of WSL`s early childhood program. The school creates a warm, nurturing environment for its youngest students, where an unhurried childhood can unfold.
  • In first grade, students begin a rich program of humanities, mathematics, and the sciences-along with two foreign languages, choral and instrumental music, arts, and athletics.
  • WSL expands its classrooms into the natural surroundings through a gardening program, farm and field trips, nature walks on nearby conservation land, and seasonal festivals.The school's educational philosophy and culture instill in students respect for themselves, for each other, and for the living world around them.
  • WSL prepares students for a lifetime of joyful, self-directed learning.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Association of Waldorf Schools of North America
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-8
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedMild Learning Differences
Year Founded1971

Student Body

Total Students231 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
13%
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade Waldorf School Of Lexington Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers41 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio6:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size16 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(No graphics on clothing; standard of age-appropriate modesty)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition NotesVaries by age and program.
% on Financial Aid
30%
Admissions DirectorKate Woll
Endowment Size$0.5 million

Sports

Total Sports Offered2 sports
SportsBasketball, SoccerBasketballSoccer,

School Notes

Mission of the Waldorf School of Lexington
  • 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.
School Profile
  • Adjacent to the 185-acre Great Meadows conservation land, the Waldorf School of Lexington, founded in 1971, serves students from preschool through grade 8. The school offers a challenging academic program, provided by faculty educated in the understanding of students' cognitive, emotional, and physical developmental stages. A member of a global network of Waldorf schools, WSL provides a rich, rounded curriculum with a balance of academics, arts, music, and physical education. Beginning in first grade, the program integrates humanities and sciences with creative arts as well as two foreign languages. From grades 3 to 8, all students study a string or woodwind instrument and play together in a school ensemble or orchestra. The dramatic arts animate the curriculum with all elementary students participating in a class play yearly. WSL expands its classrooms into the natural surroundings with an organic gardening program, farm and field trips, nature observation and walks on conservation land, and through its seasonal, community festivals. Athletics and movement are an important part of every student's day through eighth grade. Sustained by a vibrant community of educators and supported by engaged parents, the school`s educational philosophy and culture instills in students respect for themselves, for each other, and for the living world around them. Our graduates enroll in a wide variety of independent and public high schools, colleges, and universities. WSL prepares students for a lifetime of engaged, self-directed learning.

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School Reviews

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My children have attended Waldorf schools the entire lives, this one after we moved to the area in 2012. In my opinion, the biggest gift you can do for your child is to give them a Waldorf education. I have two masters degrees in education and have worked in educational media & technology for more than 25 years. It is the ONLY education I feel gives children everything they need, while also being an antidote to the many stresses and ills of our current culture. In addition, they understand the effects of media on children and choose media and technology judiciously. If you're concerned about the effects of media on children, especially these days as it is affecting children in all sorts of unhealthy ways (depression, anxiety, etc.), there is NO other school that understands the research and data better and no school that keeps it out of the classroom (and most families keep it out of their homes). The executives in Silicon Valley send their kids to Waldorf schools! That says a lot! My children are now teenagers and I can see how they differ from their peers because of their Waldorf education. Note that while the school is in East Lexington, there is morning bus service from Cambridge and Arlington. If transportation is your only inhibitor, know that you can get your kids to WSL easily in the mornings! Part of the mission of the bus is to improve socio-economic and racial diversity at the school, since it is dedicated to this mission, and the school offers financial assistance and scholarships. If you're at all interested, please visit their website, attend an Open House, or contact Kate Woll in the Admission Officer to schedule a tour. You'll be glad you did!
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