Mission, Vision, & Values

At Waldorf School of Pittsburgh, we greatly value collaboration, holism, compassion, beauty, and curiosity. By embracing these values, it is our mission to foster each child’s capacity to become an independent thinking, compassionate, and purposeful human being. We educate head, heart, and hands.

Mission

Waldorf School of Pittsburgh fosters each child’s capacity to become an independent thinking, compassionate, courageous, and purposeful human being.

Vision

It is the vision of Waldorf School of Pittsburgh that every person becomes an independent thinking, compassionate, courageous and purposeful human being. 

Values

At Waldorf School of Pittsburgh, we value collaboration, holism, empathy, curiosity, imagination, diversity, and truth, beauty, and goodness.

Value
Principles
Collaboration
Cultivate shared responsibility for shared challenges
Holism
Foster opportunities for all people to grow into well- rounded individuals.
Empathy
Cultivate in each person the ability to understand others and feel compassion for them.
Curiosity
Awaken in each person a genuine interest in understanding themselves and their relation to the world.
Imagination
Forming new ideas, images or concepts not present to the senses.
Diversity
Celebrating a range of racial identifications, ancestries, nationalities, native languages, socioeconomic backgrounds, family structures, age, belief systems, gender and sexual identities, abilities, appearances, occupations, and political affiliations*.
Truth, Beauty, and Goodness
Rudolf Steiner stated that the primary function of education is to exercise the students' faculties of thinking, feeling and willing. These basic human qualities manifest in civilization as the "eternal verities" of truth, beauty and goodness, and these in turn in science, art and religion.

Multicultural Statement

We seek to unite people of all races and nations, and bridge the division and differences between various groups of people.

— Rudolf Steiner, The Universal Human lecture

Waldorf School of Pittsburgh is an independent school, committed to fully developing the human potential of each and every child enrolled here, thus reflecting the mission of Waldorf education: To receive the child with reverence, to educate the child with love, to send the child forth with freedom.


Waldorf pedagogy is founded on principles that underscore our common humanity and the equality of all people. We welcome children of all races, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and religions. We believe that the educational experience of all children is enriched when they play and learn in the company of peers from diverse economic and cultural backgrounds.

 

It is therefore the policy of Waldorf School of Pittsburgh to promote diversity within the student body, the faculty, and the curriculum so that it mirrors the richness of the community in which we live. To fulfill these goals, we commit ourselves to the following actions:

  • We will strive to promote the school and Waldorf pedagogy to people from diverse economic and cultural backgrounds.

  • We invite and encourage the parents of our students to share their backgrounds with their children’s teachers. Through stories, songs, myths, and customs, we can share the richness of our diversity and enhance the community.

  • The faculty will engage in a continuing review of the school curriculum to ensure that the richness and variety of our diverse heritage is communicated to the children in a manner that is both consistent with the principles of Waldorf pedagogy and Anthroposophy.