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A Comparison of Educational Systems

Borrowed and Revised from Spring Garden Waldorf Schools.
Original article posted on 3/2/2014.

Many of our prospective parents are considering transitioning their children from a traditional public school and so, the question becomes, “What exactly is the difference between my child’s current experience and a school guided by the core principles of Waldorf Education?”

One might generally summarize the differences in this way: Waldorf methods puts a high value in art, critical thinking, and creativity and does not pursue academic instruction before the age of seven. Public school puts a high value on standard and measurable academics, with a focus on math and reading starting at age five.

But this does not shed much light on the multi-layered and nuanced approaches of each system. In an effort to clarify, we have created this chart describing similarities and differences in each educational system. But, for true clarification about these methods and their appropriateness for your child, we recommend you visit schools in your area and experience in-session classroom visits.




The type of education that is right for your child is up to you and your family. We encourage you to join us for an Information Meeting and School tour to see our school and curriculum first hand.


(1) http://www.corestandards.org/about-the-standards/

(2) https://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/ecd/ehs_cc_partnership_grant_powerpoint.pdf

(3) http://www.corestandards.org/about-the-standards/frequently-asked-questions/

(4) http://www.corestandards.org/search/?f=all&t=technology

(5) http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Early-Learning



(8) http://www.pbs.org/onlyateacher/today2.html


(10) http://www.corestandards.org/search/?f=all&t=Gifted+Children ; http://www.corestandards.org/search/?f=all&t=Individual+Learning ;

11) http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/introduction/key-design-consideration/