Photo: Small classes support individual learning needs. Photo by Comox Valley Waldorf School

Comox Valley Waldorf School offering tours for parents

The Comox Valley Waldorf School is now holding weekly tours for parents interested in learning more about Waldorf Education.

The Comox Valley Waldorf School has been operating out of the Tin Town neighbourhood of Courtenay since 2011, offering a deeply engaging academic experience for preschool, kindergarten and Grades 1-7.

Those familiar with Waldorf education will know that arts and music are a core part of the approach. Waldorf graduates are also known for their academic excellence, nurtured through an experiential approach to learning with an emphasis on intellectual, social and emotional health.

The Comox Valley Waldorf School curriculum meets B.C. provincial criteria while adhering to Waldorf principles. Waldorf education turned 100 last year and its approaches are still leading-edge.

In fact, recent British Columbia curriculum updates moved the school system towards the Waldorf approach of experiential, project-based learning.

Class sizes are intentionally small, so students get more individual attention, and technology is not used to support learning. Instead, emphasis is placed on creative and critical thinking and engaging with other children and the world. By exploring the world of ideas and participating in the arts, music, movement and practical activities, children develop healthy bodies, well-integrated brains, practical skills, and strong executive-function skills.

As the Comox Valley grows the school is welcoming more families into its community. Tuition is required but is modest compared to most private schools. A tuition assistance program is available for families of limited means. For more information on tours and the application process, see www.comoxvalleywaldorf.com

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