About Berkshire Waldorf School
Berkshire Waldorf School, like Waldorf schools all over the world, was founded as a kindergarten, and grew with the children. In 2021, BWS will celebrate 50 years of Waldorf education in the Berkshires, serving students from toddlers through 8th grade. Our 32-acre natural campus of “outdoor classrooms” features forest, fields, play yards and gardens, bounded by the Green River. The Betty Szold Krainis building provides indoor classrooms for Early Childhood classes. The primary building, built around a classic Berkshires timber frame barn, welcomes elementary and middle school grades. This antique barn is the heart of our school, now a library, and a cozy place to visit in all four seasons! Learning spaces also include art studios, an hall which is both theater and community gathering space, a science lab, playing fields and biodynamic gardens.
At a Glance
- Independent Coeducational Day School
- Toddlers through Grade 8
- Founded in 1971
- School Director: Lynn Arches
- Governed by College of Teachers, Faculty Council, Board of Trustees
- Accredited by Association of Independent Schools of New England (AISNE)
- Full Member of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) and Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN)
- Additional Programs: Parent-Child, After School Music, Before & After Care, Summer Program
- Two Buildings on 32 acres
- Current enrollment: 202
Berkshire Waldorf School cultivates students’ academic, emotional, and spiritual development through our unique curriculum. We provide students with the foundation to live up to their full human potential, creating lives of meaning and purpose that positively contribute to our world.
We accomplish our mission:
- By instilling in students a love of learning, a sense of wonder, an appreciation of beauty, and a connection to the natural world.
- By following a curriculum based on the developmental stages of human beings as described by Rudolf Steiner.
- By attracting excellent teachers who are committed to their own professional and personal development, and giving each teacher the freedom to work creatively within the Waldorf curriculum.
- By working cooperatively with parents to facilitate continuity between school and home.
- By being a part of the time-tested, world-wide tradition of Waldorf Education that integrates the humanities, sciences, and practical and fine arts.
On January 13, 1971, our school, originally called Pumpkin Hollow School, opened its doors to twelve kindergarten children. We now enroll about 200 students from Berkshire County, Massachusetts, Columbia County, New York, and northwestern Connecticut.
Berkshire Waldorf School is one of over 1,000 international Waldorf schools, the fastest growing independent school movement in the world. Rudolf Steiner founded Waldorf education in 1919, built on his insights into child development. His perception of education as an art means that our teachers fit the curriculum to meet the children. Whether the subject is arithmetic, history, or physics, our teachers create lessons that resonate with their students’ imagination and experience. The goal? To educate the whole child by appealing to mind, body and spirit. BWS class and subject teachers work together to engage, integrate and balance their students’ thinking, feeling and doing. For example, students learn math at Berkshire Waldorf School through academic skills and practice, movement, choral singing, playing an instrument, house building and knitting, among many other dynamic and practical applications. Waldorf education is a proven means of lighting a fire for learning that lasts a lifetime.
Diversity & Inclusion
Berkshire Waldorf School welcomes and celebrates diversity. We believe cultural, economic, religious, racial, learning style, gender identification and expression, sexual orientation, national and ethnic diversity make us stronger. We prize empathy and collaboration as means to change the world for the better. Our students, teachers, administrators, trustees and parents join in the active practice of inclusion, starting at the focal point of our unique Star Code. Berkshire Waldorf School intentionally works to build a diverse community where all children and families are cherished for their intrinsic value and potential.