Young students are given lots of time for creative free play – indoors and outdoors – in order to foster the imagination and problem solving necessary for later academic work. Learning is experiential and art and movement are integrated into every curriculum topic – from science, to math, to language arts. Students study foreign language beginning in 1st Grade. Teachers stay with a class for multiple years, forming close relationships that benefit students’ self esteem and confidence.
About Our School:
We are a nationally recognized, model urban Waldorf school with 130 students in Pre-K through 8th Grade. We have operated at our historic Indian Village location continuously since 1967. Today, our commitment to creating a diverse, inclusive and nurturing school community continues in metro Detroit. Our graduates are consistently accepted to high performing public and private high schools and competitive colleges and universities across the country.
Step inside our building and you’ll find bright sunny rooms and soft colors swirling across every wall. Storybook pane glass windows, Pewabic tile, and features perfectly sized for children make school feel like a home. And that is how the building was designed: to be a home for inspired, engaged learning. Our building was constructed in two phases between 1913 and 1923. It is the only surviving school designed by the renowned architect Albert Kahn.
About: The Detroit Waldorf School offers a developmentally appropriate, balanced approach to education that skillfully integrates the arts and academics for children from preschool through eighth grade. The Waldorf model was developed in 1919 by Rudolf Steiner. Today, it is one of the fastest growing educational movements in the United States.
The goal of Waldorf education is to enable students to realize their unique potential and meet the challenges of the changing world we live in. The cirriculum is designed to fire the imagination and inspire a life-long love of learning. Waldorf teachers blend creative activities with scientific and intellectual study to create a balance between the sciences, humanities and arts. The curriculum includes mathematics, language arts, social studies, science, foreign language, fine and practical arts, music, and physical education.
Young students in the early childhood center (pre-kindergarten and kindergarten) develop a strong foundation for academic learning and creative thinking through a play-based curriculum. Older students (Grade 1-8) are met with an academically rigorous program that prepares them for creative, critical thinking and individual initiative beyond high school. Detroit Waldorf School graduates are consistently accepted to high performing public and private high schools and competitive colleges and universities across the country.
Visit our campus and you'll find children who are fully engaged in activities that challenge the mind, fire the imagination--and reflect the diversity of Metro Detroit. Explore the world of difference a Waldorf education can make for your child. Call 313-822-0300 to schedule a tour today!
Detroit Waldorf school is located on a four-acre campus in Detroit's beautiful Indian Village Historic District, between Mack and East Jefferson on Burns. We are a five minute drive from Eastern Market, a 10-20 minute commute from Grosse Pointe and a 15-25 minute commute from the Ferndale/Royal Oak area.
The Detroit Waldorf Early Childhood Center (parent/child classes, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten) provides a natural and aesthetically pleasing learning environment. Teachers focus on creative free play, circle and story time, and a consistent daily rhythm for the children. These early experiences are critical for healthy intellectual, emotional and physical development.
Waldorf Education is a developmentally appropriate education designed to engage every child. Detroit Waldorf School offers a rich academic and artistic curriculum for grades 1-8, including science, mathematics, language arts, literature, history, geography, fine and practical arts, two foreign languages, music, and physical education.