About

CWS

Corvallis Waldorf School is proud to be an independent, not-for-profit educational organization. Through the efforts of our faculty, staff, parent body, and Board of Trustees, we ensure the families and individuals of the Mid-Willamette Valley have access to educational opportunities based on the indications of Rudolf Steiner.

DEI Statement

We at Corvallis Waldorf School denounce discrimination, bigotry, and racism in any form and acknowledge their presence in our history, culture, institutions, and personal lives. We take an organizational and pedagogical approach to nurturing diversity, equity, and inclusion in our classrooms and school community. Our school fosters inclusive collegiality and community participation in which individual and institutional dialogue reflect the diverse strength of will, depth of feeling, and clarity of thought required to manifest change. The curriculum, enriched with traditions, songs, and stories representing cultures worldwide, instills a love for learning and goodness toward humanity in our students and cultivates compassionate critical thinkers who acknowledge and resist inequities and injustice. The teachers are intrinsically and explicitly tasked to help students seek awakening within themselves, gain wisdom, confidence, and serenity in all feelings, and courageously face challenges the future will bring.

We endeavor to support students in their true beings and to build school-family partnerships within a foundation of belonging, trust, integrity, and transparency. Corvallis Waldorf School welcomes and aspires to meet the needs of all individuals from diverse socio-economic, racial, religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, gender identities, marital statuses, abilities, and demographics. As an ongoing process, Corvallis Waldorf School strives for inclusivity, embraces feedback, and promotes ongoing reflection to move beyond an understanding of structural prejudices and become a community of advocates for diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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Our Mission

The mission of Corvallis Waldorf School is to educate independent thinkers who meet life with courage and respond with initiative and creativity to the needs of the world and their fellow human beings.

History

This school started in 1993 in the homes of a few dedicated and inspired parents in Corvallis. It grew to several classes and was hosted in a community church. When a full curriculum and multiple grades were developed, The school moved to the Corvallis School District, Fairplay Elementary building, located Northeast of Corvallis on HWY 20.

Moving Forward

At this time, we serve students ranging from preschool through 8th Grade. We are growing and welcoming more students each year. We continue to bring strong and vibrant educational opportunities to the children of the Mid-Willamette Valley area.

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Land Acknowledgement

Corvallis Waldorf School in Corvallis, OR is in the traditional homelands of the Ampinefu Band of Kalapuya. The Kalapuya and their ancestors have tended and cultivated this land since time immemorial. Kalapuya people were removed by force to reservations after the Willamette Valley Treaty of 1855. Today, many Kalapuya live on tribal lands or tribally-ceded lands in the region and are active members in the sovereign nations of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde or Confederated Tribes of the Siletz.

We know this acknowledgement of our Landcestors, both past and present, is only the first step and must be followed by education and tangible action to support the current Indigenous community of the Willamette Valley. Corvallis Waldorf School is committed to educating our students and community about the history, traditional practices, and modern culture of the Kalapuya through primary sources, including guest teachers of Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Native craft, reading the work of local Indigenous scholars and field trips to the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. In keeping with the Biodynamic farming principle of setting aside at least 10% of total acreage for biodiversity, we are working towards maintaining that at least 10% of our school campus is planted in culturally significant plants to the Kalapuya, such as camas, wapato, blue elderberry, hazel, tarweed, and Western Red Cedar.