ABOUT PCWS

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, which nurture well-rounded individuals who will be successful in school and beyond. Learn more about our Programs.

Early Childhood

Our school offers a developmentally appropriate, experiential approach to education based in authentic Waldorf curriculum. PCWS provides the following early childhood programs: Parent-Child classes, Preschool and Mixed-Age Kindergarten. 

Elementary

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.

Our Philosophy

PCWS educates children based on the educational philosophy of Rudolf Steiner, a developmental approach which 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 History

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.

"The need for imagination, a sense of truth and a feeling of responsibility- these are the three forces which are the very nerve of education." - Rudolf Steiner