Prerana Waldorf School believes in protecting the essence of childhood by providing a fully integrated and age appropriate education. We bring rich and artistic learning experiences which emphasize the human values of truth, beauty, and goodness to encourage a sense of wonder and reverence for our world as well as greater social responsibility. We promote the healthy physical and social development of every child entrusted into our care, consciously striving to strengthen and nourish body, soul, and spirit. Our task is to educate the children to become confident, balanced, free thinking human beings who are able to more fully realize their individuality and help them to embrace and direct their unfolding destiny.
History of the School
Prerana which means, ‘sublime inspiration’, was founded by Indira and Maj. Varma and opened it’s doors in 2001. When Indira encountered the work of Rudolf Steiner and Waldorf education, she felt that here was an education which taught to the whole human being, encouraged greater social and moral responsibility, and allowed young children to be children rather than forcing them into an accelerated intellectualism. Prerana, grew along with the children and developed into a thriving grade school, thus having classes from Nursery to Grade X.
The mission of Prerana Waldorf School has at it’s root a social impulse for working with children ages 3 to 16 based on healthy human development and a commitment to protect and nurture childhood as the very foundation of a truly human culture. We are committed to the ideals and practices of Waldorf education which genuinely respects the dignity of childhood and a socially inclusive understanding of human individuality. We recognize that free creative play, imitation, exploration of the social and natural worlds, practical and meaningful work, artistic activities, and nourishing sensory experiences are essential to the healthy development of the young child.
Through our programs and activities, we offer children a comprehensive and rhythmic experience of each day, week, and season of the year. We strive for diversity and inclusivity with regards to the social, cultural, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds of the families and children who are a part of our school community. Likewise, we strive to meet the varying and unique developmental needs, capacities, and cultural backgrounds of each and every child. Our curriculum, from early childhood through high school strives to inspire students through a program of rigorous academics, diverse artistic activities, physical and outdoor education, leading them towards clarity in their thinking, sensitivity in their feeling, and meaningful purpose in their actions.
We recognize that well balanced child development is possible only within the context of a community of consciously striving individuals committed to healthy social relationships between parents, teachers, and children. The partnership of parents and teachers nourishes the well being of all members of our community, adults and children alike. It is our intention to build such a community based upon mutual respect, compassion, and tolerance, inclusive and embracing of our social and cultural diversity.
Our faculty and staff are qualified and responsible professionals by virtue of their education, experience, and on-going commitment to continuing education and professional development. Teachers have formal training and education in the methods and practices of Waldorf education, as well as meeting all State requirements and are actively engaged in deepening their understanding of the curriculum through collegial work, individual study and artistic activities. We support the professional development of our teachers through regular mentoring, peer partnerships, review, and evaluation as well as providing opportunities for them to attend conferences, training courses and workshops. The professionalism and commitment of our teachers is clearly reflected in the respect and concern they show towards the children, their families, and society as a whole.
What is Waldorf Education?
Waldorf education is a fully integrated and holistic education which teaches to the whole human being; head, heart, and hands, and embraces, honors, and celebrates our social and cultural diversity. Waldorf education is one of the fastest growing independent school movements in the world with over 1000 schools in over 60 countries, more than 2000 early childhood programs on five continents, and over 600 institutions for curative education. Founded on the insights of Austrian philosopher and scientist, Rudolf Steiner, Waldorf schools (also known as Steiner schools) teach out of a curriculum based on the fundamental truth that human beings are three fold in nature, comprising of body, soul, and spirit.
Rudolf Steiner (1865-1925) was a highly respected scientific, literary, and philosophical thinker and scholar, well know for his work with Goethe’s scientific writings and as a progressive innovator. He developed methodical methods of research into psychological and spiritual phenomena and in 1913 founded the anthroposophical movement. Anthroposophy, literally meaning the wisdom of man, has at it’s core the social and cultural renewal of man and society as a whole. Steiner’s innovative and insightful research led to achievements in education, (including education of children with special needs), medicine, science, history, religion, philosophy, economics, agriculture, architecture, visual arts, drama, the new art of eurythmy, and other fields.
Most prominent and perhaps the most well known of his achievements is the development of Waldorf education and it’s comprehensive curriculum. One of his supporters was the industrialist, Emil Molt who invited Steiner to form a new school for the children of his workers at the Waldorf-Astoria factory. In the fall of 1919, less than a year after the end of World War I, the first Waldorf school opened it’s doors in Stuttgart, Germany. Within a few years, other schools opened elsewhere in Germany and in other countries such as Switzerland, Holland, Britain, Scandinavia, and the United States. The rapidly growing movement suffered set backs in the 1930’s when the Nazis closed all Waldorf schools in Germany but in 1945 with the end of WWII, many schools reopened. The rapid growth of schools continues to this day, serving the needs of children from ages 3 to 18 in all corners of the globe.