The education at Waldorf schools is based on the pedagogy of Rudolf Steiner. The anthroposophical approach guarantees that every child will get support depending on their individual development and maturity status.
There are 632 Waldorf schools in Europe and 881 schools worldwide. The first Waldorf school was established in 1919 in Stuttgart, Germany. This school implemented the principle of social justice in the education system for the first time.
The education at the Waldorf schools normally lasts 12 years and the syllabus is geared towards the development of a child's mental ability, talent and skills. Waldorf schools attach great importance to the artistic, technical and scientific tuition of pupils.
The class instructor is responsible for teaching the main lesson and sometimes other specialty subjects. The main lesson subjects, taught in blocks of three to four weeks, are given during the first two hours each morning. Students later have thematic studies such as language arts, mathematics and natural sciences.
This block method enables the students to focus fully and deeply on one academic subject at a time, to connect the subject with their feelings as well as their minds, thus insuring more permanent retention of the course content. There is no conventional grading system at Waldorf schools. Reports are based on detailed characteristics which describe achievement progress, diligence and students' special skills.
Waldorf schools are governed by parents and teachers. There are teacher conferences and special meetings weekly. They aim to take into consideration the school's philosophy, aspects of life, as well as to further develop the pedagogical study on the basis of anthroposophical humanities.
Waldorf schools are internationally accredited and equal to public schools. They are partly supported by the state and depend on independent sponsorship. The parents pay school fees according to their income.