Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School a full member of the Association of Waldorf Schools in North America (AWSNA) and is also an accredited member of the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS). The school is chartered by and registered with the New York State Board of Regents, under whose jurisdiction we award diplomas.
Our Mission and Goal
Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School nurtures the artistic, academic, physical, and moral development of the growing child through an age appropriate curriculum inspired by philosopher and educator Rudolf Steiner. We strive to create a healthy and balanced learning environment where children build living connections to the natural world while cultivating social responsibility, personal excellence, and the practical capacities to meet the challenges of the future.
Our Place and Philosophy
At Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School, we enjoy a 400-acre campus surrounded by the cultivated fields, gardens, and forests of Hawthorne Valley Farm, an active Biodynamic farm. The beauty of tended nature and the seasons of farm life provide exceptional educational resources built into the founding ideals of Hawthorne Valley.
Real, not contrived, hands-on learning experiences enhance the already rich Waldorf curriculum with practical lessons drawn directly from life. Education of the will, integrated with artistic creativity, daily draws on the natural resources of our unique learning environment.
Educational research continues at the Farmscape Ecology Program, Center for Social Research, and other Hawthorne Valley Association programs and initiatives, helping to cultivate reverence for life, a respect for the earth, practical skills, and power of initiative through firsthand scientific, artistic, and work experiences. All of this is enhanced through an intimate connection with the life of the Valley.