If you’ve had the experience of binding a book, knitting a sock, playing a recorder, then you feel that you can build a rocket ship, or learn a software program you’ve never touched. It’s not bravado, just a quiet confidence. There is nothing you can’t do. Why couldn’t you? Why couldn’t anybody?
— Peter Nitze, Waldorf and Harvard graduate, and Director of an aerospace company

Our Philosophy


The Waldorf School of Mendocino County is founded upon Rudolf Steiner's insight that each human being has a body, a soul, and a spirit, and that in full maturity each human being is guided by a unique self-awareness.  This outlook informs all aspects of the education and personal relationships within our School.  Our core mission and responsibility is to help our students develop this deep center of their being as they move from early childhood to adulthood.  The education we offer is designed to appeal to—and nurture—the special capacities that emerge at each state of the child's adolescent development.

The relationship between teacher and student is fundamental to the unfolding of the student's unique identity.  The Waldorf School of Mendocino County encourages its teachers to engage in the study of anthroposophy, the philosophy and teaching perspective founded by Rudolf Steiner.  Self-reflective practices hone imagination and creativity.  Teachers master their capacity for learning, teaching, and fostering caring relationships while developing and sharpening their intuition and perceptiveness.  Our teachers' willingness to work actively on self-understanding and transformation—as well as to remain current in their subject areas—sustains their knowledge of human development.  Their internal self-awareness and their active participation in the world are essential to the Waldorf model of education and equip them to fulfill the school's mission and goals.


Early Childhood

The Waldorf School of Mendocino County's Early Childhood program fosters the development of the whole child:  head, heart, and hands.

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Grades 1-8

The Grade school years are critical in children's intellectual and emotional development.  Learning happens through senses, feelings, and imagination.

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Core Values


Our teaching approach integrates academic and artistic excellence with social engagement and ethical awareness.  We encourage imagination, flexibility in thinking, and love of learning.

Respect and Reverence

We honor each student's gifts, and we respect each student's limitations.  We encourage all students to respect their own humanity and to revere the wonders of the world.

Wholeness and Self-Reliance

We foster wholeness and self-reliance by protecting the essential qualities of childhood—imagination and curiosity.  We introduce age-appropriate questions and challenges progressively to encourage initiative and independence in our students as they grow.


We respect the dignity of each person, and we aspire to be a diverse, healthy, and collaborative community.  We apply Waldorf education in ways relevant to our time and place, and we inspire our students to reach out to the world in engaged inquiry and meaningful service.

The Waldorf approach to education is a vital and dynamic process designed to develop free, confident human beings who have the creativity, discipline, and moral strength to meet the challenges of our changing world.  Waldorf education is committed to competence in all the basic academic skills and goes far beyond that goal.  Some activities develop a child's intellectual faculties, others develop artistic and moral faculties, while others instill strength, skill, and courage for action.  The art of Waldorf education lies in recognizing the unfolding capacities in each individual child, and in presenting each subject to help the child awaken and integrate all of his or her powers.

The excellent short from the film Preparing for Life, created by the Waldorf School of the Peninsula, highlights the magic and efficacy of Waldorf Education.  Just 17 minutes long, it is well worth a view.

2016-2017 Calendar of events

Dates to Remember

August 30th—First Day of School at 8:30am

September 30th—Michaelmas Festival

October 5th and 20th—Picture Day

October 31st—Enchanted Pumpkin Path

November 10th—Open House

November 27th—Advent Spiral

November thru December—Annual Giving

January 21st—Community Forum/Annual Meeting

March 25th—Masquerade Auction Gala

May 6th—May Faire

June 8th—Last Day of School—Early Release