About Us

Since 1971, the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School provides a warm, developmentally appropriate, experiential approach to learning for students from pre-k through 8th grade on a 32-acre campus surrounded by gardens, fields and woods, convenient to the tricorner area of New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

We offer students a lively curriculum that speaks to the child’s imagination and experience.  Meeting children at each stage of their development, our rigorous Waldorf curriculum integrates fine arts with the sciences, mathematics, literature and cultural heritage to foster in students a lifelong love of learning, clear and precise thinking, a rich and healthy emotional life and a developed power of will, preparing students for their choice of high school and college, and the foundation to reach their full potential.

The Art of Education

At the heart of the Waldorf philosophy is the belief that teaching is an art. Steiner teachers challenge students to work to their highest level of achievement as individuals and as a class, while actively cultivating a spirit of play and quest. Every child has the opportunity to be a musician, explorer, inventor, scientist, author, Olympic athlete — not only reading about discovery, but experiencing it daily. Teachers encourage students to become independent thinkers, to take initiative in action, to let their imaginations soar. They prepare Steiner graduates to ask tough, critical questions about life, and also to discern and appreciate its order and beauty, skills students can use to shape a changing world.  In 2013 and 2014, Berkshire Record readers voted the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School “Best School in the Berkshires.”

Steiner faculty are characterized by strength of character, a broad range of knowledge and depth of experience. Our teachers are passionate about inspiring the best in children and young adolescents.

One of over 1,000 Waldorf schools worldwide, 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). We welcome students without regard to race, creed, heritage or national origin.

Our education culminates in the academic and artistic rigor of our nearby affiliated Berkshire Waldorf High School, a college preparatory, coeducational day school that inspires learning in an atmosphere of openness and mutual respect. Together, our schools offer an exceptional education for your child, from toddler to young adult.

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 the discoverer and the compassionate heart of the reformer, which when joined to a task, can change the planet.

— Arthur Zajone PhD
Professor of Physics
Amherst College