“The healthy social life is found when in the mirror of each human soul the whole community finds its reflection, and when in the community the strength of each human soul is living.”

— Rudolf Steiner

Maple Village Waldorf School is proud to be a part of one of the most diverse cities in the United States. Although Waldorf Education began 100 years ago in Northern Europe, today we strive to cultivate an American curriculum; one that reflects and meets today’s student with respect, relevance, cultural awareness and inclusion. We feel fortunate to welcome a wide array of cultures, races, economic backgrounds, religious affiliations, gender identities, and sexual orientations represented in the body of our faculty, staff, parents and students. We value this multiplicity and consistently strive to ensure that the population of our school reflects that of our community. Through maintained collaborative relationships with diverse community groups, agencies and programs our students actively engaged in and contribute on a local and global level. Our students work with people experiencing homelessness, have adopted a child in South Africa, partnered with a school in Uganda for a water conservation project, have active pen-pals across the globe, and work with teams from all over the world for the International POPS Summit. 

Land Acknowledgment

“We acknowledge that the land on which we are gathered here today is the home and traditional land belonging to the Tongva Nation. Today we come with respect and gratitude for the Tongva people who still consider themselves the caretakers of this land of which we occupy. It is through their examples that we are reminded of our greater responsibility to take care of Mother Earth and to take care of each other.”
— Land Acknowledgement adapted from wording approved by Jimi Castillo, Pipe Carrier and Spiritual Leader from the Tongva Nation, a people that settled in the present day Los Angeles Basin and numbered approximately 5,000-10,000 years before European contact.

AWSNA Statement of Inclusion & Equity

The Association of Waldorf Schools of North America recognizes the historic and ongoing impact of racism on our continent and the injustice and discrimination faced by Black, Indigenous and People of Color. We understand that inclusivity and equity is a journey of both moral and educational imperative. As such, we take seriously our responsibility to bear witness to what is happening in the world, to center the voices of color in racial justice work, to change the course of inequities, and to identify and break down structural racism in all forms where it exists, particularly in Waldorf education. 

Waldorf education espouses principles of respect for human dignity. Any narratives or indications made by Rudolf Steiner that are in contradiction to these principles are not the basis for Waldorf education and we unequivocally denounce such statements.

We know that we have far to go as an association and as individuals in our understanding of racial oppression and social justice. Advancing the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) is one of the compelling forces behind AWSNA’s strategic priorities. These priorities make equity and inclusion central to our work and aim to bring us closer to the world that we want for our youth.

The AWSNA executive team is spending more time than ever asking the following questions:

How do we participate, consciously or unconsciously, in systemic racism?

What meaningful actions will we take in service to the leadership and agency of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color?

Where are the possibilities for each of us to prioritize racial justice in our work to further Waldorf education?

How do we actively engage in anti-racism both personally and professionally’?  

We invite you to join us in exploring these questions and in elevating your own commitment to social justice.