Honolulu Waldorf School
EARLY CHILDHOOD-GRADE 8:
350 Ulua Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96821, (808) 377-5471
Honolulu Waldorf School, established in 1961, is a co-educational school serving more than 300 children from early childhood through high school. The original nursery through grade eight school is on a beautiful monkey pod tree-shaded campus in Honolulu Niu Valley. The High School, founded in 1994, is located nearby in Kahala. It is the school’s intention to unify the High School and the Lower School on the Niu Valley campus so that the entire school can learn and grow together. Based on the educational insights of Dr. Rudolf Steiner, Waldorf education is now the fastest-growing independent educational movement in the world. In the more than 1,000 Waldorf schools on six continents, children work together in community, learn with joy, and develop as unique and caring individuals who will make a positive difference in their world.
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Waldorf education, grounded in a deep understanding of the growing human being, offers developmentally based, age-appropriate learning. Children’s capacities for and ways of perceiving and addressing the world are different at different stages of their lives; Waldorf education addresses the child’s needs at every age. Each child is embraced as a unique intellectual, spiritual, and physical being and as a vital part of a caring community.
In every grade the Honolulu Waldorf School curriculum integrates strong academics with practical, experiential, and artistic work in a rich multicultural setting. An artistic approach to learning permeates the curriculum. It infuses core academics such as mathematics, the humanities, science, and the foreign languages (Spanish and Japanese) that are taught from first grade.Music, movement, Hawaiian studies, drama, and fine and applied arts are also taught as separate subjects by specialty teachers. At every age and in every class, observation, hands-on experience, and reflection are vital components of learning.
Contributing to both the present and future, developing a strong moral compass, and making a difference in something larger than oneself are emphasized in school work, community service and service learning, artistic ventures, foreign exchange, and in interscholastic activities in academics, the arts, and competitive sports.
Honolulu Waldorf Schoolwelcomes children and their families of all races, religions, nationalities, and ethnicities into our ohana, our family. To learn about Waldorf education from early childhood through high school, please attend one of our monthly orientation/tours by calling 377-5471, and visit our website at www.honoluluwaldorfschool.org.