Great Oak School is a 501(C)(3), non-profit organization and admits students of any gender, race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities offered to students at the school.
New students are welcome at any time during the school year, providing space is available. A parent interview and an observation morning for the child is the first step in the admissions process. Acceptance into Great Oak School’s classes are based on the school’s ability to meet children’s needs. Great Oak welcomes families in which the parents will be partners in providing an environment that supports the understanding of child development reflected in Waldorf-inspired education. We want our school to be an option for all families that are willing to partner with Great Oak, regardless of financial situation. Please see our tab about our tuition assistance program.
Great Oak School is proud to be a Developing Member of:
"The importance of storytelling, of the natural rhythms of daily life, of the evolutionary changes in the child, of art as the necessary underpinning of learning, and of the aesthetic environment as a whole--all basic to Waldorf education for the past 70 years--are being 'discovered' and verified by researchers unconnected to the Waldorf movement."
Paul Bayers, Professor Columbia Teachers' College
“What every parent would wish as the best for his or her children, Waldorf education provides. The fullest development of intelligent, imaginative, self-confident and caring persons is the aim of Waldorf education. This aim is solidly grounded in a comprehensive view of human development, in an intellectually rich curriculum, and in the presence of knowledgeable, caring human beings at every stage of the child’s education.”
Dr. Douglas Sloane, Professor of Education
"Flexible, agile fingers in childhood lead to mobile, creative thinking in adult life."
Alstan L. Hegg
"Education is not a race where the prize goes to the one who finishes first. To help young children develop a lifelong love of learning we need to respect and strengthen their individual abilities."
The Alliance for Childhood
"Waldorf graduates are taught to question, not to accept ideas and conventions based solely on authority, but to think for themselves."
From Learning to Learn, Interviews with Waldorf graduates