The Waldorf Independent School of Edmonton (WISE)
The Waldorf Independent School of Edmonton is the city's only Waldorf school. The school is committed to providing accessible, holistic and nurturing education for children and to energizing the community in Ottwell and surrounding neighbourhoods. The school is operated by the WESE (the Waldorf Education Society of Edmonton) a voluntary non-profit Charity, founded in 2002. WISE is one of the only Waldorf schools in all of North America to maintain a policy of accessibility where those with limited or no capacity to pay fees are invited to make a contribution through volunteerism.
What makes a Waldorf education different?
Waldorf seeks to educate the whole child, Head, Heart and Hands at each stage of their growth. Learning is focused on nurturing the imagination of young children, the expanding interaction with the world in the elementary years and the challenging academics of the later years. All classes contain robust academic learning infused through a deep connection to art and nature designed to explore every child's full potential, nurture their spirit of curiosity and cultivate a lifelong love of learning.
Waldorf education offers this through a deep connection to the rhythm of the daily life in each classroom and through community life expressed through community-oriented festivals and fairs, including the Pumpkin Walk, Lantern Festival, Winter Fair and Mayfair. The school supports students and parents alike to preserve the magic of childhood from the distractions of an increasingly hurried world.