Registration for the 2015-16 school year is now open at Alabama Waldorf School! If you’re interested in enrolling your child in an AWS program (serving children ages 2 through Grade 8), contact Admissions Director, Rachel Baay to get started on the application process.
Still not sure about Waldorf? Check out any of the wide variety of resources below to find the answers you’re looking for, no matter what kind of learner you are!
For Audio-Visual Types — Check out this short video available on our website. Created by a former parent for our Capital Campaign efforts, it also gives prospective parents a quick glimpse into the kind of learning offered at Alabama’s only Waldorf school.
For Kinesthetic Learners — Come see our classes in action! Join us for a tour of the school, offered every week on Tuesdays from 9am-10am. Led by our School Administrator, Lisa Grupe, PhD, the tour is the most comprehensive resource tool available for seeing, hearing, and interacting with Waldorf education and philosophy as it’s carried out in Alabama Waldorf School classrooms.
The tours are designed with parents in mind, but for your child, a kinesthetic learning opportunity is available to her/him on our Classroom Participation Days! These free events are designed to give interested students a glimpse into the Waldorf school day. Students in Kindergarten through Grade 7 are invited to join AWS students in their classrooms and participate in the joyful learning characterized by Waldorf Education. The next Classroom Participation Day is on Wednesday, Feb. 11th, 2015. Parents should contact Rachel Baay (firstname.lastname@example.org or call 2015-592-0541) to reserve their child’s seat in the classroom.
For Visual Learners — Check out the Art Galleries on our website, where you can peruse student artwork, as well as excerpts from the student-made textbooks called Main Lesson Books.
Past issues of our school’s monthly newsletters, called the AWS Awareness, are available on our website, and a quick resources link is located on our About AWS page. Click here for a copy of our Frequently Asked Questions about Waldorf Education.
For Social Media Learners — No, it’s not a learning type, but in this day and age, you can’t deny that for adults, social media is a convenient way to stay in the loop. Scroll through our Facebook homepage to find links to past articles about everything from why the play-based preschool program is being embraced by educators nationwide, to information about our community friend-raisers, to how Waldorf alumni fare (and succeed!) in the “real” world. You can also follow us on Twitter and Pinterest.
For Auditory Learners — Give us a call! When you call the school to ask for information, you are getting answers from more than just qualified Office Staff. Admissions Director Rachel Baay has been at the school since 2007 and can speak of her experience as both a preschool parent and grades parent. She can also talk about the important role of the Family Association, of which every AWS parent is a member.
Our School Administrator Lisa Grupe, PhD, taught Kindergarten and grades one through eight before becoming our Administrative Director four years ago. She speaks of the effectiveness of Waldorf Education from a developmental psychology background. Dr. Grupe also leads our weekly Tuesday tours.
And, our Marketing Director, Opal South, has taught Kindergarten, Grades 1 through 3, and Music at AWS. From 2009-2012 she served as Enrollment Director and now leads the Marketing Committee. Call 205-592-0541 to speak to any of these qualified staff members about Waldorf education.
So, there it is! Four easy ways to find out if Alabama Waldorf School is right for your child and your family. We hope to hear from you/see you/interact with you soon :)