Katie Adams Parrish, chair of Richmond Waldorf School’s Board of Trustees, at the podium, addressing guests at the school’s recent dedication ceremony. Faculty, staff, board members, Waldorf families and students, and Northside neighbors were among the 200 guests. The School will host summer programs in the new space this summer, and will welcome its 2016-17 students this fall.
A private school with its roots in Northside has returned. Richmond Waldorf School recently purchased the former Luther Memorial School at 1301 Robin Hood Road for $1.85 million, and will offer its summer programs there beginning July 10. It’s currently accepting applications for the 2016-17 school year.
For the past 14 years, Richmond Waldorf School has been renting space from Westover Baptist Church. But before that, the Waldorf School operated in Richmond’s North Side. It all began in a private home on Laburnum Avenue with a kindergarten class of 14 students. It later morphed into the Spring Meadow Waldorf School.
The mission of the Waldorf School has always been to provide a learning environment that promotes independent thinking, cultivates creativity, builds confidence, and develops practical skills. Their holistic approach to education lays the foundation for a life full of meaning and purpose.
The Richmond Waldorf School currently has a student body of 131 from pre-K through 8th grade. With the 30,000 square foot building on Robin Hood Road enrollment is expected to double in the coming years.
Funds to purchase the Robin Hood Road facility were raised by the Richmond Waldorf School in short. They began raising the funds last November, and by February they had met their goal. Financing for the school was provided by Virginia Community Capital.
The Richmond Waldorf School will be hosting its May Faire on May 13 at the new facility.
Waldorf Education dates back to 1919 and comprises one of the largest independent school systems worldwide. There are more than 1,000 Waldorf schools, 200 of which are located in North America. While each Waldorf school is independently formed and operated, all are based on the insights, teachings, and principles of education outlined by the world renowned philosopher and scientist, Rudolf Steiner. The principles of Waldorf Education evolve from an understanding of human development that address the needs of the growing child.
To learn more about Northside’s newest private school, call (804) 377-8024, or visit richmondwaldorf.com