Who We Are
The Upper Valley Waldorf School (UVWS) is a nondenominational independent, Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8 school based upon the educational contributions of Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner. Our mission is to prepare students to engage with a changing world, in a socially inclusive environment, using a curriculum rich in the sciences, humanities, and arts, based on Rudolf Steiner’s insights into child development.
- Founded in 1986 by a group of parents seeking a Waldorf education for their children, UVWS was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 1991.
- The school moved to its current campus atop Bluff Road in Quechee, Vermont in 1996, occupying the former Quechee Grammar School. An Early Childhood building, The Roberts House, was added in 2003.
- UVWS welcomes students, families, faculty and staff of all races, faiths, creeds, gender and sexual orientation.
- UVWS has a three-fold governance structure, comprised of a Governance Council, Pedagogical Leadership Core Group, and a Board of Trustees.
- Waldorf Education extends beyond the classroom. The overall health of UVWS depends upon the involvement of many individuals and groups. Among these is the UVWS Parent Association, which works to build a thriving school community by facilitating parent/community education, assisting in the establishment and maintenance of a welcoming environment and supporting the school's festival life.
- Our school is one of nearly 1,000 Waldorf schools worldwide sharing the 90-year old philosophy of Waldorf Education.
- UVWS is a developing member of the Association of Waldorf Schools in North America (AWSNA).
"My family has been a part of the Upper Valley Waldorf School from its very beginnings in a small building in White River Jct. We believe in Waldorf education. I watched my much younger brother and sister grow and flourish into amazing adults after attending this school. They are articulate, artistic, well rounded and happy. When I had children of my own I could not imagine a more wonderful place for them to be. The moment I stepped foot into my first Morning Garden classroom with my little Theo I knew it was indeed the right decision. I never wanted to leave. The peace and beauty I felt in that room was something I knew I wanted to give my children. After attending Morning Garden with both my boys, Theo is now in first grade and every day I know that my family and I truly have made the best decision to believe in this school and I am incredibly grateful to be a part of this community."