Diversity

Waldorf School at Moraine Farm teaches its students not only to respect differences among individuals, but to appreciate that there is strength and wisdom in diversity. We define diversity as a range of racial identifications, ancestries, nationalities, native languages, socioeconomic backgrounds, family structures, ages, belief systems, gender and sexual identities, abilities, appearances and occupations. We actively pursue diversity in our student body, faculty, staff, administration and trustees. Our commitment to diversity is reflected both in the curriculum brought to our students, and in the broader social life of the school.

A fundamental goal of Waldorf education is to bring students to an understanding of the common humanity of all of the world’s people, transcending stereotypes and prejudices relating to race, gender, religion, nationality, and ability. Our curriculum provides students constant opportunity to examine preconceptions and explore multiple ways of thinking. We also give students a rich experience of varied religious traditions and cultural/historical milieus, including school-wide and individual grade celebrations of seasonal festivals.

We also recognize that teaching students about diversity is most effective when the school community is itself diverse. We believe that the direct experience of diversity is a powerful way to foster critical thinking, self-confidence, and moral integrity in our students. To this end, we are actively building a school that reflects the richness of both the local and the broader global community. We welcome students, parents, faculty, and staff of all races, faiths, sexual orientations and family profiles. We promote socioeconomic diversity through a progressive approach to tuition; it is our goal to make Waldorf education accessible to every family regardless of their financial means. We strive for a tightly knit community where people know each other and where everyone is respected for the gifts they bring to the community.

In addition to our stated commitment to diversity, we have also adopted the position statements of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) and adhere to the Association of Independent Schools of New England (AISNE) Non-Discriminatory Policy as to Students.