Located in the former Comer public school building, Alabama Waldorf School has grown from one classroom in the basement of the founder's home in 1987 to a Preschool-Grade 8 school serving 130 children and employing over 20 professionally trained faculty and staff.
Alabama Waldorf School graduates attend:
Indian Springs School
Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School
Alabama School of Fine Arts
Shades Valley Theater Academy/Visual Arts Academy/Finance Academy
Hoover, Homewood, Spain Park, Clay Chalkville, and Vestavia Public Schools
Appalachian State University
Rochester Institute of Technology
University of North Carolina School of the Arts
- Serves children ages 2 to 6 in multi-age classes with a home-like environment that encourages play, imagination, and social interaction.
-A predictable daily routine provides security and inspires confidence in the child to explore his/her surroundings.
-Absorbing the world primarily through their senses, toys made of natural materials are inviting and open-ended, serving many roles in the child's imaginative play.
-Academic skills are embedded in the experiential curriculum – building vocabulary with the rich language of circle time, counting to set the snack table, observing the changes in seasons during nature walks, and categorizing objects during tidy up time.
-Moving into the grades, they learn more about what they have already experienced and internalized.
Elementary and Middle Grades
-1st through 8th grades utilize a proven curriculum that provides a rich and deep academic foundation, which includes math, language arts, history, foreign language, and sciences, but is enlivened by the arts (drawing, painting, music, handwork, movement).
-Learning is experiential alllowing students to internalize natural laws and functions, so as to cultivate intellectual and creative ownership of the material.
-Students create their own "textbooks" combining art with academics for a whole-brain learning experience.
-Practical skills such as cooking, farming, sewing, and carpentry, are seamlessly woven into the curriculum.
-The rigorous middle school curriculum includes organic and inorganic chemistry, physics, geology, meteorology, and astronomy, in addition to the continuation of the previously mentioned subjects.
-Often, a teacher has "looped up" with a class and knows how to reach the class efficiently and effectively.