Waldorf education is based on the work of Rudolf Steiner, a leading early twentieth-century philosopher and scientist.
The first Waldorf School was begun in Stuttgart, Germany in 1919, with the mission to educate students using an approach that would foster independent thought and a sense of personal responsibility.
The curriculum Steiner designed is based on a thorough study of child development, so that the subjects taught meet not only the cognitive developmental needs of the students, but also their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Continuing to work with Rudolf Steiner’s ideas, many Waldorf schools have been established since 1919. Now there are over a thousand Waldorf schools around the world, each operating independently, but held together by a common understanding of human development and a recognition of the value of artistic work and meaningful social interaction.