Our mission is to educate the child in mind, body and spirit so that they may contribute their unique gifts to humanity with conviction and clarity of their life’s purpose, and to create a supportive and nourishing learning community that cherishes each individual. Each year the school will seek to employ teachers with Waldorf teacher training certificates or those who are engaged in Waldorf teacher training and are being mentored/supervised in the Waldorf pedagogy. We will add one grade each year until we reach 8th grade, and continue to expand our Early Childhood program.
The vision of a Waldorf school in the capital city of North Carolina has been held for many years. At last, in the fall of 2020, through the pioneering spirits of a mother-daughter team and three Waldorf teachers, The Unity School (now known as Raleigh Day School) was born. The timing to start a school was unlikely as we were in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. But the circumstances afforded us the opportunity to create an educational experience outdoors so that children could benefit from face-to-face social interactions while having their first school encounter. Outdoor structures were built in a beautiful natural setting in the woods by a creek.
The traditional Waldorf curriculum was implemented by certified and experienced Waldorf teachers both in the early childhood program and in the first grade. The outdoor setting proved to be a healthy environment: we had no cases of Covid illness during that first year and only had a handful of virtual days necessitated by extreme inclement weather. We began our journey that year with 18 students, and in our second year when we moved indoors, we nearly doubled in size. We are now entering our fourth year with grades 1, 2, and 4, and a stable early childhood program.
In 2022 Raleigh Day School was recognized as an Associate Member of WECAN. This is the first step toward our goal of becoming an accredited Waldorf school and full member of AWSNA. Our faculty and administrative leaders are committed to this process which includes self-study, peer review, observation, interviews and reports.
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