About

Our classrooms, our community

A place to grow, thrive, and find purpose

The Waldorf School of Bend community comes together under a guiding vision: to forge an inspired path for modern learning and social renewal. We cultivate excellence through a joyful curriculum rich in the arts, sciences and practical work. We honor each child’s unique spirit. And we build our capacities of will, free thought, compassion and social responsibility. In this way, our community creates a sense of purpose as curious, engaged, and powerful world citizens.

Watch Moe Anderson, Waldorf School of Bend’s veteran teacher describe the unique learning experience provided by a Waldorf education in her TedxBend talk: “Supporting the whole child for the whole world.” Through holistic learning and teaching practices, Mrs. Anderson strives to create a higher level of social justice and well-being by uncovering emotional, social, academic and spiritual/metaphysical potentialities in our children.

Waldorf School of Bend’s Junior High Director, Moe Anderson’s Tedx Bend Talk: “Supporting the whole child for the whole world”

WSB Mission

The Waldorf School of Bend community forges an inspired path for modern learning and social renewal. From the insights of Rudolf Steiner, we cultivate academic excellence through our experiential curriculum rich in the arts, sciences and practical works. We honor each child’s unique spirit by building capacities of will, free thought, compassion and social responsibility. In this way, children develop with purpose to act as powerful world citizens.

 

You can review and get a copy of the latest Parent Handbook here.

Annual Report Highlights

2017-2018 Annual Report Highlight

Frequently Asked Questions

WHY DO WALDORF SCHOOLS RECOMMEND LIMITING MEDIA?

Waldorf teachers appreciate that technology must assume a role in education, but at the appropriate developmental stage, when a young person has reached the intellectual maturity to reason abstractly and process concretely on his or her own, which is at around the age of 14.

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WHEN DO WALDORF SCHOOLS INTRODUCE READING?

Our goal is to foster passionate readers who continue reading for pleasure throughout their lifetimes. To that end, we introduce reading in a developmentally appropriate way, when students are more comfortable with the written word and fully ready to engage with them.


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HOW DO WALDORF GRADUATES DO AFTER GRADUATION?

Waldorf students have been accepted in and graduated from a broad spectrum of notable colleges and universities. Waldorf graduates reflect a wide diversity of professions and occupations including medicine, law, science, engineering, computer technology, the arts, social science, government, and teaching at all levels.

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ARE WALDORF SCHOOLS RELIGIOUS?

Waldorf schools are non-sectarian and non-denominational. They educate all children, regardless of their cultural or religious backgrounds. The pedagogical method is comprehensive, and, as part of its task, seeks to bring about recognition and understanding of all the world cultures and religions. Waldorf schools are not part of any church.

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Parent Participation

Volunteerism, Parent Council, Community

Every parent at the Waldorf School of Bend is a valued member of our community, and we strive to become an extension of your family. Our parents are the heart and hands behind much of what we accomplish and celebrate together every year.

As an independent school, we work together in many ways to meet the needs of the children. We offer many opportunities for meaningful connection, service, and participation throughout the year! Every parent is a member of our active Parent Council.

We have a suggested volunteer commitment of 40 hours per school-year (or 4 hours per month) for full-time students (enrolled 4 or more days per week), 30 hours per year (3 hours per month) for three-day enrollment, and 20 hours per year (2 hours per month) for two-day enrollment. We can be creative and flexible with these hours, so please reach out to us to arrange your volunteer commitments. We hope to inspire you to be involved!

For more information about specific projects, please call the school office at (541) 330-8841 or email us.

Wanderlust Ball AUCTION GALA

Where might wanderlust take you? Our annual school auction is a fantastically fun evening, including a live auction of adventure packages that might take you around the world … plus dancing, raffles, and more! The entire parent community comes out for this anticipated event to support WSB!
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monthly school potluck

Our Parent Council hosts a monthly potluck dinner, a wonderful time to connect with our fellow parents. Often, the evening includes a short discussion topic, speaker, or activity. Our families treasure this time to socialize and gather!

Annual Events & Festivals

The natural rhythms of nature and time can be found at the heart of Waldorf education. Through celebrations and observance of yearly rhythm at WSB, we establish a firm foundation for our children, build and strengthen our community, and nourish our relationship with nature. In addition to the community-wide festivals listed here, teachers celebrate other festivals in the classroom, including those connected to the cultures being studied or the religious traditions of the students in the class.

Meet The Administration

Darren Hansen

Darren Hansen

School Director

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Sarah Rucker

Sarah Rucker

Admissions Director

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Margie Edwards

Margie Edwards

Education Support

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Meet the Faculty

The remarkable teachers at WSB are dedicated, creative, experienced, and joyful! Their unified goal is to nourish the genuine love of learning within each child. Our classroom faculty stay with their students for several years, which creates a deep and meaningful teacher-student relationship. The faculty of WSB hold advanced training in childhood education and the Waldorf approach. Our teachers also play an important role in our school’s governance.  Learn more about each of our classroom and specialty faculty!

Meet the Board Of Directors

Allee Zapp

Allee Zapp

Board Member, President

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Scott Buchholz

Scott Buchholz

Board Member, Treasurer

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Nicole Handley

Nicole Handley

Board Member, Secretary

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Ashley James

Ashley James

Board Member, Member at Large

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Brian Peavey

Brian Peavey

Board Member, Member at Large

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Chuck Rucker

Chuck Rucker

Board Member, Member at Large

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Rachel Caldwell

Rachel Caldwell

Board Member, Early Childhood Rep

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Thom Routt

Thom Routt

Board Member, Grades Faculty Rep

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School

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The Waldorf School of Bend is a non-profit, non-denominational, tax-exempt organization incorporated in the State of Oregon. WSB admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.

The Waldorf School of Bend cultivates academic excellence through our experiential curriculum rich in the arts, sciences and practical works. We honor each child’s unique spirit by building capacities of will, free thought, compassion and social responsibility. In this way, children develop with purpose to act as powerful world citizens.

2150 NE STUDIO ROAD, STE 2
BEND, OREGON 97701
p. (541) 330 - 8841
f. (541) 330-9713