Linden Waldorf School’s mission is to provide education that honors the developmental stages of childhood, cultivates a love of learning, and addresses the whole child through the head, hands, and heart.
How We Learn
At Linden, imagination roots and informs everything that we do. It’s shimmering in the depths of the fairytale that first sets your child’s mind alight with curiosity, bubbling in the beaker of an organic chemistry experiment, or twinkling at the edge of a telescope trained on Jupiter. What’s possible waits for your child in every story, project, or question.
We hold a reverence for childhood and value its inherent characteristics: honesty, joyfulness, curiosity, acceptance, and imagination. The Linden experience educates the whole child—their will, their passion, and their intellect—through the organic unfolding of our developmentally appropriate curriculum. Our unique program helps our students develop creative problem-solving skills, critical-thinking skills, perseverance, and a lifelong love of learning, all in a nurturing environment. What can your child learn to make? Projects, friends, discoveries, connections, thoughtful choices … all of these. And so much more.
Our Outdoor Classrooms
At Linden, our students and our community are passionate about making the imagined a reality. When facing the challenges of a global pandemic, we swiftly took stock of our values and what traits we want to model for our children and pivoted to boldly embrace in-person, outdoor instruction. We spent the summer of 2020 redesigning our beautiful campus and we remain the only school in the state to have constructed permanent outdoor classrooms. The addition of outdoor classrooms has beautifully dovetailed with our curriculum. Pre-COVID, all students at Linden from preschool through eighth grade were already outside every day, rain or shine, for two recesses, and our curriculum has long used the outdoors to teach subjects such as geology, astronomy, botany, orienteering, and gardening. We are learning outdoors, naturally!
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
As educators, we share responsibility with our families and community for what our students learn. We hold the dignity of life and the human being at the center of our work. It is our responsibility to bear witness to what is happening in the world, to elevate the voices of marginalized people, to change the course of inequities, and to break down structural prejudice in all forms where it exists.
We know that talking is not enough and recommit ourselves to our quest to know better and do better through the elevation and prioritization of our work on justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion through self-study, in the classroom, and in the curriculum.
As an educational community committed to inclusion and acceptance and devoted to the inherent dignity of each human being and the right of each to growth, development, and equity, we stand in solidarity against the injustices of not only recent times, but all times. We stand ever more steadfast in this conviction as educators devoted to cultivating in children the capacity to see the goodness and value of each other and to stand up for the rights of human beings throughout the world.