Our Philosophy: More Green Time, Less Screen Time

RWS field trip to spikenard sanctuary


A new collection of 186 studies shows that high levels of time spent in nature are associated with positive mental health, cognitive functioning, and academic achievement benefits for children and adolescents, while high levels of screen time are associated with depression, anxiety, stress, and poor self-regulation. That’s why Waldorf Schools emphasize outdoor learning and play as important aspects of the school day for each student in every grade.

At Richmond Waldorf School, every student gets outside every day! This is an important value of our school for all ages as we understand the important benefits for our students phsycial and emotional wellbeing. Our Early Childhood program boasts over 2 hours of outdoor play time, regardless of weather! Additionally, students in Grades 1 – 8, students have two recesses each day, and get outside for lessons as often as possible, especially for biking, movement, and games! Overnight field trips into nature begin in 3rd grade, and include farm trips, beach trips, caving, kayaking, biking, and so much more! 

To read more about the research that confirms the importance of being in green spaces click here. 

At Richmond Waldorf School, we recognize that our student’s physical, social and emotional well-being are a key part of their ability to learn and thrive. Our holistic approach to education prioritizes critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity to prepare students for the challenges of the 21st century.

Get to know if the Waldorf approach is right for you! Join an information session or meet with our Enrollment Administrator to learn more about Richmond Waldorf School. 


Choosing a school is a very important decision in a family’s life. Our admissions process is designed to give you as much information as you need to make an informed decision about enrolling your children. Whenever possible, we encourage all families to book a visit when considering Richmond Waldorf School. We want to meet you! It is just as important for us to know who you are and what you are looking for in a school, as it is for you to know who we are and what Waldorf education is about.

Valerie Hogan
Enrollment & Marketing Administrator
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