Snack time in the kindergarten classroom. Photo by Saltwater Waldorf School

Courtenay independent school now accepting applications

Saltwater Waldorf School hosting open house March 10

The Comox Valley is blessed with many excellent public and independent school choices. Among them is the non-profit Saltwater Waldorf School, operating out of the Tin Town neighbourhood of Courtenay since 2011. This March, weekly tours will be held for parents who are interested in learning more about Parent & Child, Preschool, Kindergarten or Grades 1-7 programs.

In addition, a preschool and kindergarten open house will be held Saturday, March 10 from 9–11 a.m.

Waldorf education has been embraced around the world since it began in Germany in 1918. While some of its concepts were initially considered radical, Waldorf schooling quickly spread as it was recognized as an effective way to develop well-rounded citizens in a strong academic environment. Now, it is the fastest-growing educational movement in the world, and its approaches are being adopted by mainstream educators, including in British Columbia. Recent provincial curriculum updates included the time-tested Waldorf approach of project-based learning, where students gain math, reading and other practical skills as they work on interesting projects in a multi-disciplinary way.

The Waldorf approach to social-emotional learning is also being incorporated into B.C. classrooms.

While the Saltwater curriculum meets provincial criteria, there are still differences. Arts, music and time outdoors are important components of the school week. Knitting, woodworking and movement are as big a part of the curriculum as social sciences, geography and languages. Classes are smaller, so students get more individual attention. Technology is not used in the classroom, and parents are encouraged to place limits on screen time at home. This is so children can focus at school and develop their creativity — an important part of becoming an independent-thinking adult. (Ironically, many parents from the tech sector, particularly in Silicon Valley, have placed their children in Waldorf Schools.)

As the school grows, it is welcoming more Comox Valley families into its community. A tuition assistance program is available for families of limited means. For more information on tours and the application process, see

Just Posted

Comox Valley Ground Search & Rescue kept busy across the province

CVGSAR had a busy week, sending rescuers as far away as Invermere

‘Beauty amongst such tragedy:’ B.C. photographer captures nature’s trifecta

David Luggi’s photo from a beach in Fraser Lake shows Shovel Lake wildfire, Big Dipper and an aurora

Glacier View residents take a ride on the river

Ground Search and Rescue guides floaters on Puntledge

Brewing up some community engagement

Insp. Tim Walton says goodbye to the Comox Valley

Canadians fear for relatives trapped amid flooding in Indian state of Kerala

More than 800,000people have been displaced by floods and landslides

IndyCar driver Wickens flown to hospital after scary crash

IndyCar said Wickens was awake and alert as he was taken to a hospital

Ex-BCTF president ‘undeterred’ after early release from pipeline protest jail term

Susan Lambert and Order of Canada recipient Jean Swanson released early

Fast food chains look to capitalize on vegetarian, vegan trend with new items

Seven per cent of Canadians consider themselves vegetarians and 2.3 per cent identify as vegans

B.C. swimmer halts journey across Strait of Juan de Fuca after hypothermia sets in

Victoria MS athlete Susan Simmons swam for eight-and-a-half hours in 9 C choppy waters

‘Hard on water:’ Smoke not the only long-range effect of wildfires

The project began more than 10 years ago after southern Alberta’s 2003 Lost Creek fire

B.C. VIEWS: Genuine aboriginal rights are misused and discredited

Camp Cloud one of long line of protests falsely asserting title

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to march in Montreal’s Pride parade

Trudeau will end the day in his home riding of Papineau

Most Read