What is WSL?
The Waldorf School of Louisville educates children from birth through grade eight. The school is part of an international education system, developed in the early 20th century by philosopher, educator, and architect Rudolph Steiner. Since the first school’s opening in 1919, Stuttgart, Germany, over one thousand schools have been established worldwide, gaining prominence in major cities.
WSL offers a challenging academic curriculum infused by the arts and informed by a deep understanding of the child’s capacity for learning. This education is designed for families that believe a healthy body is integral to the development of a healthy mind. Movement, singing, sculpting, knitting, painting, and playing music engage our students, creating an experience that allows a deep connection with the core academic curriculum. The school has twenty two faculty members serving 130 students.
Points of WSL School Pride:
- Art throughout the curriculum. Art every day through painting, beeswax shaping, drawing, music, and handwork
- Academic rigor based on strong cognitive capacities
- No standardized testing
- Spectacular outdoor setting – 3 recesses
- Classic stories are tools for learning
- Small class size and personal teacher attention
- Movement every day, throughout the day
- Outstanding extra programs like handwork, Spanish, instrumental music, movement, games, and gardening
- Avoidance of media: no use of TVs or computers, and no commercialism
- Relationship to nature emphasized
- Hands-on-learning: children are taught to make through knitting, building, cooking, art, and other pursuits
- Attention to the whole child, emphasizing appropriate learning for each stage of development and readiness: hands, head and heart are held in measure
- Our early childhood programs are licenced to operate by the state of Kentucky and follow all state licensing requirements. Our early childhood program is a full member of the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN) and the International Association of Waldorf Kindergartens.