Educational Institutions

Waldorf School of Pittsburgh

  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • WWW.WALDORFPITTSBURGH.ORG

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide high quality education to students using the Waldorf curriculum and pedagogy through which we acknowledge and honor the balance of the artistic, academic, emotional, and spiritual needs of children. Parents, faculty and others interested in social renewal through education strive to be involved in mutual learning opportunities in order to create a community based on the ideals of holistic engagement of head, heart, and hands and social transformation. Our mission supports a culturally rich, age appropriate education experience that recognizes learning as a life-long unfolding of faculties and capacities. Waldorf teachers focus both on what knowledge must be acquired by students to enter society and on awakening in children the capacities of awe, devotion, gratitude, compassion and trust. Graduates of the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh take with them a highly developed capacity for purposeful work and academic achievement, a vibrant sense of beauty and the creative experience, and the self-discipline to carry out a chosen course of action. Finally, through volunteering and participation in our all-community events, family members and members of our broader community also find opportunities to learn and to contribute, thereby developing their capacities as well.

Main Programs

  1. Core Educational Programming
  2. Community Engagement
Service Areas

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Pennsylvania

ruling year

1992

Principal Officer since 2012

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Ms Kirsten Christopherson-Clark

Keywords

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Waldorf Education; Elementary Education, Middle School Education, Rudolf Steiner; Experiential Learning

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EIN

25-1656251

 Number

0513910932

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Accomplishments1. Initiated comprehensive integrative planning to align organizational growth with our planned physical expansion.2. Increased enrollment by 20% and project 20% increase next year. Added one new parent-child program and are scheduled to add 7th grade and one new nursery class in Fall 2012.3. Began collecting base-line data in preparation for participating in the Green Ribbon Schools program. Goals1. Complete ASHRE Level III Energy Audit.2. Implement new software system to support faculty, development and school -wide administration.2. Achieve 100% parent participation in 2012-2013 Annual Fund Drive.3. Acquire supplies and furniture to complete development of our middle-school science classroom. 4. Acquire supplies to complete development of our woodworking program.

Programs

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Program 1

Core Educational Programming

Our school's early childhood programs (Little Friends, Morning Garden, Nursery and Kindergarten) recognize that infants and young children are entirely given over to their physical surroundings; they absorb the world primarily through their senses and respond in the most active mode of knowing: imitation. In our early childhood programs, children deepen their capacity of imagination through stories, song, painting, cooking and engagement with natural materials. The Waldorf grade school curriculum (grades 1-8) is rich and also intricately coordinated with an understanding of the developing child. The presentation of subjects is interdisciplinary and is designed to engage each child's conceptual life, feeling life and will. Across the grades, students study foreign languages, mathematics, botany, art, music, history, physics, chemistry, language arts, life sciences and human anatomy and physiology.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$565,000.00

Program 2

Community Engagement

Our school celebrates the rhythms of the year's cycles through numerous community-wide festivals. We mark the end of summer with Michaelmas. During winter, our Martinmas lantern walk and our Spiral of Light celebrate the persistence of our inner light and our anticipation of spring. Our Winter Fair celebrates the joys of winter through crafts, performances and food. Our May Day Festival celebrates spring's return through dance and music. We believe that festivals help us nourish our connection to nature and to others through the sharing of seasonal food and activities expressed with beauty and reverence. Seasonal festivals are an important way our school affirms and cultivates connections with others in our broader community.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$300.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Pennsylvania

Additional Documents

Funding Needs

Completion of an ASHRAE Level III Energy Audit to support inclusion of sustainability measures in the development of the school's Master Plan. ($30,00) Acquisition of and training with a database system able to meet the information management needs of admissions, development, faculty and administration. ( $10,000) Landscape Services ($25,000) Needs include tree service for 100 + year old trees, path re-grading and concrete repair.Building Envelope Improvements ($50,000-$75,000) Needs include roof and gutter repair, painting and weatherization of school's smaller historic buildings.Student Desks (40 @ $300 each)

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THE WALDORF SCHOOL OF PITTSBURGH
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Waldorf School of Pittsburgh

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms Kirsten Christopherson-Clark

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Randall Bartlett

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