Public Waldorf Schools

District Program

Public Waldorf schools are places where imagination, creativity and critical thinking skills necessary for college and careers are fostered in a supportive “whole child” environment.

Waldorf education was developed by Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) at the beginning of the 20th century. The Waldorf education model is used in 60 countries and there are 44 Waldorf-inspired public schools in the United States. SCUSD opened the country’s first public Waldorf-inspired high school, George Washington Carver School of Arts and Sciences, in 2008.

SCUSD’s public Waldorf schools take a complete approach to learning — “head, heart and hands” — and address each child as an individual with innate talents and abilities. Research shows that students in Waldorf-inspired programs have higher standardized test scores from fourth grade on. Ninety-four percent of students who graduate from Waldorf schools go on to attend college; 88 percent graduate from college.