The impulse to offer Waldorf education to families in Richmond and to be a part of social change through educational and community endeavors has been a guiding light of our school since the first ideas for Waldorf education were kindled in 1985. These ideas sparked into effort when a Kindergarten class began in the home of John and Sara Moses in Richmond, Virginia. The Moses Family were involved in the early movement of Anthroposophy and Waldorf Education in the United States.
During the years that followed this first class, additional classes were taught, a Board of Trustees was established, and parent education classes on Waldorf education assembled, all of which helped guide the path to what we now know as Richmond Waldorf School.
Though we count our school’s history with the opening of the 1996-1997 school year, we know that the foundational work that was lovingly started in 1985 contributed to the possibility of establishing a new school. It was like the seeds had been planted, roots taken hold, and the garden watched over. In 1996, the fruit began to grow and the doors to our school were opened.
In September of 1996, a Kindergarten class of 14 children began on Laburnum Avenue in Richmond, Virginia, ending the year with about 20 children. This class was taught by Maria Butler. The school was called Spring Meadow Waldorf School.
The child count doubled and a second Kindergarten class was added.
An aftercare group began.
A 1st grade was added.
A third Kindergarten class was added.
The school grew to about 85 children; a 2nd and 3rd grade were added.
The school moved to Westover Hills Boulevard in Richmond, Virginia, and changed its name to Richmond Waldorf School. A 4th and 5th grade were added.
We celebrated 10 years! A 6th grade was added and we began our middle school years.
A parent/toddler class was added, a 7th grade was added, and our basketball team began.
A fourth Kindergarten was added and we graduated our first 8th grade.
Our College of Teachers was formed.
Our Early Childhood Program was accepted as a Full Member in Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN).
Our soccer team began.
Through tremendous devotion and creativity of many teachers, families, and board members we are now celebrating 20 years!
“There are many individuals, too many to list here, who have helped and nurtured the growth of Richmond Waldorf School, and I trust as it grows into welcoming the future, as decades pass, many will find that their time therein launched a life-long interest in learning how to learn on a path of education toward freedom.”
– John Moses, Founder of Richmond Waldorf School