"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
PCWS is the only Waldorf School in Northern Virginia. We offer classes from pre-K 3 through 5th grade, and are located at 424 N Washington St, in Alexandria.
To be designated as a Waldorf School, we maintain a high set of standards. Our teachers must go through rigorous training in Waldorf pedagogy. This enables them to meet each class of students where they are, and develop a unique curriculum matched to that group.
Our student faculty ratio is 6:1. Every student is known and supported by their teacher.
Our school was founded in 1997 by Waldorf teachers and parents and named for the bend in the nearby Potomac River. We moved into our current location in Old Town in Spring 2023.
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.
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: Parent-Child classes, Pre-K 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 not equipped to support students with severe learning or behavioral challenges. However, many students with diverse learning styles thrive with our authentic Waldorf curriculum.