Our Vision: Lifelong Learning
Our vision for education is easy to embrace. We help every student develop his or her unique gifts using a proven, holistic approach. Waldorf students become independent, creative thinkers who can act with a sense of responsibility and compassion.
The mission of Waldorf School at Moraine Farm is to help students discover and develop their individual capacities so that they can fully engage in the world and contribute meaningfully to society. We aim to cultivate clarity of thinking, compassion and moral strength, and purposeful action in our students.
Our educational approach is founded on the time-tested insights into human development applied by Waldorf schools throughout the world. We integrate a rich, age-appropriate curriculum in the humanities, math and science, with music, visual and practical arts and movement. We work to make lessons active, filled with imagination and connected with practical life. We recognize that the heart of education is the relationship between teacher and students, which grows and changes to meet the distinct developmental stages of the child.
Building community is also vital to our mission. Faculty, parents, alumni, and friends collaborate to tend and grow the school, modeling the lifelong learning, fruitful cooperation and purposeful work we aim to develop in our students.
To view our Board of Directors please see our current annual report.
Together We Make Our School
Every student at Waldorf has a part to play in caring for our school. They each have a daily chore to perform which plays a vital role in the school’s daily rhythm and operation. We believe that preparing meals and keeping classrooms clean are important hands-on lessons that encourage our students to understand the nature and value of work while fostering a strong work ethic for years to come. And while these chores may not always be fun, we believe they are important. Whether our students go on to have 9-5 jobs or run the country, we’re preparing them for life.
Our Home: Moraine Farm
The nearly 200 acres of Moraine Farm include meadows, woodlands, formal gardens and farmland. Visitors who walk the carriage roads are rewarded with sweeping vistas of Wenham Lake, acres of open meadows, woodlands and access to the J.C. Phillips Nature Preserve. The property is also home to Project Adventure, and to the Moraine Farm CSA, owned by The Trustees of Reservations.
For help getting here, please visit our Directions page.
Waldorf School at Moraine Farm was founded in 1986 as the Cape Ann Waldorf School in Gloucester, MA. In 2010 we moved to our current, permanent location on 10 acres of the historic Moraine Farm property in Beverly. Today we are a vibrant, growing school, serving students from pre-kindergarten to eighth grade.
Our Community is Local and Global
We are one of 121 Waldorf schools in the United States and nearly 1,000 Waldorf schools worldwide. Waldorf Education is truly global in its scope and its approach. The curriculum cultivates a deep appreciation for cultural traditions from around the world, while being deeply rooted in its local culture and context.
A Holistic Education
Waldorf Education is time-tested and proven. We are not buffeted about by the latest educational fad or testing regime. Our holistic approach helps students to grow and flourish intellectually, emotionally and socially.
Lots of Outdoor Learning
Waldorf students are not afraid to get their hands dirty. Our love for the outdoors is shared by both students and parents. We ensure that every school day, regardless of the weather, includes plenty of outdoor time for exploration and imagination.
A Reverence for Nature
Exploring the grounds of the Moraine Farm property brings new surprises every day. Our students never tire of the beauty that surrounds them and with our new outdoor science and nature curriculum, they have daily opportunities to gain a better understanding of their world.
Choose Waldorf Moraine
When you choose Waldorf School at Moraine Farm, you’re choosing a warm, nurturing and richly rewarding experience for your child. You’re choosing a school where they are allowed the time and space that they need to learn, in an unhurried, unstandardized environment.