Educational Institutions

Alabama Waldorf Association The Redmont School Inc

  • Birmingham, AL
  • http://www.alabamawaldorf.org

Mission Statement

The mission of Alabama Waldorf School is to cultivate healthy, confident, compassionate learners who excel academically, socially, and civically.

Alabama Waldorf School is a non-denominational, private school community dedicated to educating responsible world citizens.  We offer tuition adjustment to families who qualify. We serve Nursery-age through 8th grade students.  By understanding the connection between academics and the arts, our goal is to educate not only the minds of our students but their hearts and hands as well.

Main Programs

  1. Nursery
  2. Kindergarten
  3. Grades 1-8
  4. Extended Care
  5. Summer Program
Service Areas

Self-reported

Alabama

We primarily serve families from the Birmingham Metropolitan area; however, because we are the only Waldorf school in Alabama, families come from as far away as Verbena to the South and Pell City to the East.  See www.awsna.org for more information on Waldorf schools worldwide.

ruling year

1990

Principal Officer since 2008

Self-reported

Dr. Lisa Grupe

Keywords

Self-reported

community, connection between arts and academics, joy of learning

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Also Known As

Alabama Waldorf School

EIN

63-0972301

 Number

3568064870

Physical Address

1220 50th St S

Birmingham, 35222

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

Waldorf schools arise to meet the needs of a community. That need arose for Birmingham 28 years ago. We see the effects of our impact every day on both a small scale (inside our own school) and on a large scale (outside our school). Just yesterday, a 6th grader came to the Office to ask permission to perform his Squire's Challenge Community Work in the Office. In 6th grade, they learn about Medieval Europe and the feudal society including knighthood. As they strive to become true squires, they must perform community work on their own time. This is why the Office will have extra help next week! Other potential squires are helping teachers in their classrooms, gardening, or doing small school improvement projects.

 Enrollment at Alabama's only Waldorf school is strong at 130 18-month olds to 8th graders.  Tuition adjustment helps more than 40% of our families send their children to our school. Our preschool celebrates its 28th anniversary in 2015 while our Grades school has graduated 8 8th grades since its inception in 2000. Our graduates have gone on to the finest secondary schools in the state including ASFA, Altamont, JCIB, Indian Springs School, Shades Valley Theater Academy/Visual Arts Academy/Finance Academy and public high schools.

Programs

Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Nursery

Aged 2.5-4

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$90,000.00

Program 2

Kindergarten

Ages 4-6

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$90,000.00

Program 3

Grades 1-8

Students in first through eighth grade

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$190,000.00

Program 4

Extended Care

After school program

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$35,000.00

Program 5

Summer Program

Summer Program for preschoolers

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$13,000.00

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Ensuring a lifelong love of learning for PreK-8th.
    Educating the hands (Handwork), the heart (foreign language, history), and the heart of each unique child.
    Parent education regarding low media and healthy diet.
    Protecting childhood from 0-14.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Our mission states that we cultivate healthy, confident, compassionate learners who excel academically, socially, and civically. That is another way of saying that we educate the head, the heart and the hands. Our students learn about other cultures and other foreign languages to increase their feelings of tolerance. They learn handwork, speech, and art to increase feelings of confidence. They learn to be socially comfortable with their class and their teachers and their school by having lunch time, recess, and outside time.

    We have a dozen parent evenings and several outside lectures each academic year that help educate parents on harmful effects of screen time and media and the helpful effects of adequate sleep and healthy diet.

  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We have trained Waldorf teachers who understand this whole-child philosophy, the protective gesture we have around childhood through age 14, and the importance of low media and healthy food and sleep.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We look for satisfied parents in a biennial survey. We look for joy on the faces of our students every day. We look for growth and authenticity in our faculty and staff each week when we meet.
    Our enrollment is the best indication that we are satisfying the community.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We've never had our own site. We've been renting since 1987. We purchased a former church in 2013 and are embarking on our first capital campaign to refurbish the church 2014-1017. Approximately $225,000 of $868,000 needed has been raised/pledged. Our target move date is December 2016.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Alabama

We primarily serve families from the Birmingham Metropolitan area; however, because we are the only Waldorf school in Alabama, families come from as far away as Verbena to the South and Pell City to the East.  See www.awsna.org for more information on Waldorf schools worldwide.

Funding Needs

Our funding needs center around funding the operating budget of the school. We receive no money from the state, so tuition is our primary source of paying the teachers and staff.

Affiliations + Memberships

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

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Financials

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Alabama Waldor f Association The Redmont School Inc
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Alabama Waldorf Association The Redmont School Inc

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Dr. Lisa Grupe

BIO

Trained Waldorf Administrator.  Trained Waldorf Teacher. Ph.D. in child development. Started as a teacher in 2000. Became Administrator in 2008.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"From the Administrative Director:
Recent studies published in the New York Times and elsewhere show that unhindered play is critically important for healthy child development.  Our pre-academic, socially-based preschool understands this research and utilizes a program with a focus on development of a healthy child's brain through play. 

Current research also shows that even though arts are often on the chopping block for school budgets, they are important for healthy brain development because they create opportunities for engaged learning and creative expression which is healthy, even necessary, in the developing child/adolescent. 

The Waldorf curriculum is specialized and taught to teachers at two major training centers in California and New York.  Our practice at Alabama Waldorf School has been to hire individuals committed to our educational philosophy and ideals and then send them to training to acquire Waldorf teaching credentials. 

Training centers offer programs for currently practicing teachers, and an individual can become a certified Waldorf teacher in as few as three years utilizing a part-time program that meets extensively in the summer and for a week in the fall and the spring.  Costs for this training, including lodging and airfare, exceed $30,000 per Grades teacher and $20,000 per Early Childhood teacher.  Tuition alone for these programs is $28,800 and $18,000, respectively. 

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Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Patrick McCarty

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?