Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner founded the first Waldorf School in Stuttgart, Germany in 1919. Waldorf education put down roots in America in 1928 with the founding of the Rudolf Steiner School of New York City.
The Waldorf School of Santa Barbara was formed in 1984 by a group of parents seeking the enlivened education that is Waldorf for their children. That first class of kindergartners met in shared rooms, which had to be packed up each Friday afternoon to make way for the site’s weekend occupants! As that first class of kindergartners advanced through the grades, new classes formed and followed behind them. The school now has over 100 students who are led by a dedicated faculty, surrounded by a vibrant community, and supported by a committed administrative team and board of trustees.
Our campus is located in a quiet Goleta neighborhood, surrounded by open space, trails, and even a frisbee golf course! From the grades classrooms, the quieter sounds of academic study are interspersed with the sounds of song and verse, flute and strings, woodworking and handwork activities. In our Nursery and Kindergarten classrooms, you will find warmth and comfort amidst natural play toys and crafts with aromas of cooking and baking and the sounds of children’s laughter filling in the air. We have ample gardens which the children tend to, spacious playing fields, an outdoor amphitheater, designated science space for the middle school grades and much more.
We look forward to serving our community and continuing our ongoing growth in strength and vitality long into the future.
The Waldorf School of Santa Barbara is committed to providing a healthy, broad, reverent education that honors the head, heart, hands—the whole—of the child. Drawing on a rigorous, developmentally appropriate, and beauty-attuned curriculum, Waldorf education cultivates the full flowering of the individual student and the community at large, understanding the profound interdependence of both.
The Waldorf School of Santa Barbara seeks to not merely reflect society but help guide and shape it.