The way Waldorf schools work is completely different from almost any other educational administrative model. Rudolf Steiner, when he inaugurated the first Waldorf School in Stuggart in 1919, insisted that the school could not function with the traditional governance of a headmaster. The teachers would work together in a College (or group) of Teachers to bring their interest in and knowledge of child development to every aspect of the school’s structure.
The governance and administration of the school is overseen by the Governance Council, which consists of three teachers (one from each of the three branches of the school), the Administrative Manager and a member of the Board of Trustees. Current members are listed in the school directory. The College focuses on in-depth studies of important pedagogical questions. Current members are listed in the school directory.
Branch Core Group and Branch Coordinators
Each branch of the school (Kindergarten, Grade School and High School) has a Coordinator and a Core Group to oversee the day to day administration of the branches in conjunction with the Governance Council. The branch Core Group consists of the branch Coordinator, the Governance Council member in that branch, and one or two other faculty/staff members in the branch. The core groups meet weekly to handle immediate and long-range decision making and planning. The Governance Council ensures the coordination of all of the branch work, the implementation of decisions, long range and day-to-day planning and the overall smooth running of the school.
Branch Coordinators and the Administrative Manager serve as liaisons between the faculty, students, and parents. The branch Coordinators oversee the resolution of parental concerns that have not found satisfactory recourse through direct contact with the faculty involved. The Administrative Manager oversees the resolution of parental concerns that have not found satisfactory recourse through direct contact with administrative staff. A list of current Branch Core Group and Branch Coordinators can be found in the school directory.
Members of the faculty and staff maintain the integrity of the school through the understanding of Waldorf education and are responsible for the pedagogical work of the school. The faculty/staff meets every Thursday after school. These meetings include child studies, artistic and pedagogic study.
The College is a group of teachers and staff responsible for the pedagogic life of the school as well as long-term and creative visioning. The College is open to all faculty/staff members. Under our governance structure, the College is engaged in in-depth study of stages of child development. In the course of this study, the College is considering both how our students experience the Waldorf curriculum as well as how we might modify our delivery of the curriculum to better serve our students. Questions about the College should be directed to College leadership, listed in the school directory.
Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees has approximately 16 members drawn from parents, the faculty/staff, and the larger community. It ensures the legal and financial well-being of the school and has a fiduciary responsibility to the school. Its responsibilities include fundraising, strategic planning and budget approval. Board meetings are held every month, usually on the third Wednesday of each month.
Committees made up of Board members, faculty, staff, parents and community members handle many tasks on behalf of the school.