Playschool and Kindergarten
The Whistler Waldorf School has a strong Early Years program. There is a licensed, Group Childcare (30months – School age) program at our Early Years Centre in Spring Creek and in the Little Cedars Room at Spruce Grove School. Our Kindergarten program called Briar Rose is alos part of our Early Years programming following the pedagogy of a Waldorf education and is located in the Briar Rose Room at Spruce Grove School. They share the same characteristics that are unique to a developmentally appropriate Waldorf approach to early childhood education.
During the elementary school years, the educator’s task is to transform all that the child needs to know about the world into the language of the imagination, a language that is as accurate and as responsible to reality as intellectual analysis is in the adult. The wealth of an earlier, less intellectual age – folk tales, legends and mythologies, which speak truth in parables and pictures – becomes the teacher’s inexhaustible treasure house.
In the middle school years, the curriculum includes real world activities and projects through travel, guest teachers and speakers, and a variety of outdoor experiences to provide new challenges, and fully support the students as they begin to develop their critical thinking capacities.
In High School, by fully engaging, challenging and inspiring students throughout their Junior and Senior high school experience, the Waldorf high school curriculum aims to provide excellence in academics as well as a platform for students to fully develop their sense of self with a clear purpose for the future. fully support the students as they begin to develop their critical thinking capacities.
Graduation and Certification
Upon successful completion of the Whistler Waldorf High School program, students will be awarded a Waldorf High School Certificate and Dogwood Diploma (BC School Completion Certificate and entry requirement for post-secondary institutions and employers).