“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 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. 

AWSNA Position Statement on Diversity

“Waldorf schools are independent schools, which are designed to educate all children, regardless of their cultural or religious backgrounds. The pedagogical method is comprehensive, and, as part of its task, seeks to bring recognition and understanding to any world culture or religion. The Waldorf School, founded in 1919 by Rudolf Steiner, is not part of any church.

Waldorf schools are committed to developing the human potential of each child to its fullest. Admission to the schools is open to everyone, without regard to race, sex, creed, religion, national origin, or ethnicity. In company with many other tuition-based independent schools, Waldorf schools are actively seeking ways to increase the economic and ethnic diversity of their student populations.

It is a fundamental goal of our education to bring students to an understanding and experience of the common humanity of all the world’s peoples, transcending the stereotypes, prejudices, and divisive barriers of classification by sex, race and nationality. We most emphatically reject racism in all its forms, and embrace the principles of common humanity expressed by the founder of Waldorf education, Rudolf Steiner: ‘[We] must cast aside the division into races. [We] must seek to unite people of all races and nations, and to bridge the divisions and differences between various groups of people.'”