Developed by Rudolf Steiner in 1919, Waldorf schools were created with the intent to meet society’s needs in a new way by fostering healthy, whole, truly free human beings. Teachers teach to the whole child—head, heart, and hands—using a multi-sensory approach. This proven methodology has its emphasis on a developmental curriculum that is taught artistically, integrating movement, drawing, music, storytelling, and rhythm throughout. Each child’s unique gifts are honored in a healthy safe and nurturing social environment. Nourishment of the spiritual, physical, and emotional aspects of each child is integrated with the development of intellectual capacities, allowing learning to become a lifelong passion along with developing an ability to work with others to put that learning to service in the world.


The New York Times sparked national media coverage with its front page story on why Silicon Valley parents are turning to Waldorf education. This film picks up where that story left off. "Preparing for Life" takes viewers inside the Waldorf School of the Peninsula where the focus is on developing the capacities for creativity, resilience, innovative thinking, and social and emotional intelligence over rote learning.

Our school is non-denominational and open to children of all cultural, racial, and religious backgrounds.

Tacoma Waldorf School strives to make Waldorf Education available to all families who value it, regardless of financial circumstances. Tacoma Waldorf School is a non- profit 501(c) 3.