We strive to develop thoughtful, fulfilled citizens who have the capacity to think imaginatively, communicate effectively, and relate compassionately. We believe in the Waldorf curriculum for educating the whole human being: head, heart and hands, nurturing well-rounded individuals who will be successful in school and beyond. Learn more about our Programs.
Our school offers a developmentally appropriate, experiential approach to education based on an authentic Waldorf curriculum. PCWS provides the following early childhood programs: Preschool and Mixed-Age Kindergarten.
We also provide elementary education for 1st through 5th Grade with small classes, an engaging environment and an individualized approach to teaching that emphasizes whole child development.
PCWS is the only accredited Waldorf school in Northern Virginia.
PCWS is not equipped to support students with severe learning or behavioral challenges. However, many students with diverse learning styles thrive with our authentic Waldorf curriculum.
PCWS educates children based on the educational philosophy of Rudolf Steiner, a developmental approach that emphasizes goodness, beauty and truth. We endeavor to build a diverse community that supports each other and works together to create a healthy social life. Our faculty brings the Waldorf curriculum to students in ways that cultivate in each child a sense of meaning and purpose in life, kindness, respect, academic excellence, confidence, creativity and a love of learning.
Our school was founded in 1997 by Waldorf teachers and parents and named for the bend in the nearby Potomac River. Our first Parent-Child classes began in private homes. Three years later, we started renting space in the education wing of the Mount Vernon Baptist Church. Currently we are located in the education wing at Fairlington Presbyterian Church, where our history is still growing.