About Us

At the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School, education is the beginning of a lifetime voyage of discovery.

We are committed to offering our students a rigorous classical education in preparation for the most demanding high schools and colleges. Meeting students at each stage of their development, our curriculum fully integrates the fine and practical arts with the sciences, mathematics, literature, and the study of our cultural heritage – from its foundations in myth and legend to the study of modern history.

The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School is one of over 1,000 Waldorf schools, a worldwide movement of independent schools founded over 80 years ago by Rudolf Steiner. At the heart of the Waldorf philosophy is the belief that education is an art. Everything that is taught must speak to the child’s experience and imagination.

The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School is an independent coeducational school, accredited by the Association of Independent Schools of New England(AISNE), and is a member of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America(AWSNA) and the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN). The school serves 240 students from pre-K through eighth grade, from Berkshire County, MA, northwest Connecticut, and Columbia County, NY. We welcome students without regard to race, creed or national origin.

With the founding of the Great Barrington Waldorf High School in 2002, our community now offers Waldorf education to students from pre-K through Grade 12.

Education as an art

Steiner students are challenged to work to their full potential as individuals and as a class. Students are encouraged to become independent thinkers; they learn to take initiative in actions; they know how to let their imaginations soar. Our graduates are prepared to ask tough, critical questions about life, and they are also able to discern and appreciate its order and beauty. Their education becomes a part of them, transformed into skills they can use to shape a changing world.

Strength of character, a broad range of knowledge, and a depth of experience characterize our faculty. Our teachers are passionate about teaching and helping to bring out the best in children and young adolescents.

By the time Waldorf students reach us, they are grounded broadly and deeply and have a remarkable enthusiasm for learning. They possess the eye of discoverer and the compassionate heart of the reformer, which when joined to a task, can change the planet.

Arthur Zajone Ph.D.
Professor of Physics
Amherst College