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The Waldorf School of Bend

The Waldorf School of Bend is a coeducational private special program emphasis school for students in grades Pre-K through 9.

Institution Type: Private Setting: Suburban

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Overview

Overview

The Waldorf School of Bend says

At the Waldorf School of Bend, we believe your child—and every child—arrives into this world with gifts, talents, and a life’s purpose. Through our vibrant and rigorous academic curriculum—rich in the arts, sciences, and practical works—our students joyfully discover who they want to become.

At WSB, we kindle the imagination, encourage critical thinking, and nurture kindness, compassion, and social responsibility. As our students unfold and develop their potential, they gain a deep, inner sense of purpose and lifelong confidence to act as citizens of the world.

Curriculum

A profound understanding of child development is the cornerstone of teaching and learning at the Waldorf School of Bend. Your child’s experience at WSB is specifically tailored to meet his or her changing sense of self and relationship to the world. Our curriculum is interdisciplinary, relevant, and timely—to ensure that our students are equipped to fully participate in the possibilities and challenges of our ever-changing world.

Early Childhood Our youngest children are nurtured in a warm, beautiful, and loving environment in our preschool and kindergarten classes by early childhood teachers who are specifically trained to meet the needs of very young children.

Our early childhood teachers help your preschool or kindergarten child to feel secure, protected, and confident—grounded in the consistency of our daily, weekly, and seasonal rhythms and activities. Through daily outdoor free play and creative exploration, we aspire to cultivate a love of—and respect for—our natural world.

Young children learn through imitation and play. Our teachers model respect and reverence in their interactions with your child. Our play-based curriculum is substantiated by research from the American Academy of Pediatrics that states play is integral for a healthy childhood, and necessary for social and intellectual development when formal academics begin in the grade school. Children attending the Early Childhood program at the Waldorf School of Bend are prepared for future academic challenges as they engage their will through meaningful, practical activities and develop language through story, song, and verse. By the time he or she enters first grade, your child is ready and eager to experience the intellectual rigors of the grades curriculum.

Grade School (1-6) The grade school offers a classical education that is rich in hands-on, artistic learning. The curriculum is truly interdisciplinary, as students explore and draw connections across the subjects. Core subjects are designed in blocks of three to four weeks, enabling the students to focus intensively on one subject at a time.

Science, math, language arts, history, and the full range of academic subjects are enhanced and supported by chorus, painting, beeswax and clay modeling, dramatic plays, movement, and practical arts such as woodworking, knitting, crocheting, and sewing. This challenging, vibrant curriculum allows our students to learn in their own innate styles, and to build upon their own emerging capabilities.

Ideally, your child will stay with the same teacher and class for the first six years, which inspires meaningful relationships and a sense of community among students, families, and teachers. As your child’s teacher moves with them from grade to grade, they are able to integrate the entire six-year main lesson curriculum—while also creating a learning environment of comfort and trust.

Students create their own main lesson books from the material the teacher and students discover together through experiential learning. As students move up in grades, reference books, classic literature, and group discussion increasingly supplement presentations and include, but are not limited to, book reports, scientific experiments, research papers and field trips.

Junior High School (7-9) Our upper grades liberal arts curriculum prepares your child for the academic rigors of high school and college by providing a challenging scope and depth of subjects that include: mathematics, the sciences, language arts, geography, social studies and the fine, performing, and practical arts.

Because Waldorf curriculum is experiential and interdisciplinary, students spend considerable time building solid foundations and capacities in critical and cooperative thinking. They are able to do so by actively engaging in the classroom, in the lab, on the playing field, on stage, and in our natural environment.

Subjects are taught in concert, not isolation, to further demonstrate the interconnectedness of the disciplines presented. Approaching a subject from a variety of perspectives provides our students with a multi-faceted understanding of complex issues and a more global approach to real world applications and concepts.

Nine subjects are taught in block rotations, with specialty classes, field trips, and lab classes supporting and deepening learning. Our students do not just memorize subjects, but experience and fully engage with the material. Your upper grade student at WSB is prepared for high school as a confident, compassionate, resilient, and well-rounded individual with a capacity for creative, flexible, independent thought.

Mission Statement

The Waldorf School of Bend community forges an inspired path for modern learning and social renewal. From the insights of Rudolf Steiner, we cultivate academic excellence through our experiential curriculum rich in the arts, sciences and practical works. We honor each child's unique spirit by building capacities of will, free thought, compassion and social responsibility. In this way, children develop with purpose to act as powerful world citizens.

Finance

Finance

Private schools, including parochial and boarding, are funded through tuition and fees. The cost varies from school to school, but most families pay tuition to attend them. Many private schools offer financial aid or discounts, so it's worthwhile to ask about these options.

Admissions

Admissions
Phone
  (541) 330-8841
Email
  info@bendwaldorf.com

Academics

Academics

Academic Calendar: Semester

Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 65
Enrollment By Grade
Grade Number of Students
Pre-K 15
Kindergarten 6
2 13
3 4
4 5
5 5
6 7
7 7
8 3

The Waldorf School of Bend's relatively variable enrollment profile may offer insights into student retention rates, local population changes, real estate costs, and the accessibility of alternative educational options. to find out more about the specific factors influencing The Waldorf School of Bend's enrollment numbers.

Student Teacher Ratio 10 : 1
Gender 40% Male / 60% Female
Dress Code Casual
School Director Darren Hansen

Associations & Memberships

Other special emphasis assocations

Association of Waldorf Schools of North America

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