COMMUNITY - Mountain Oak School views itself as a Waldorf-inspired community. As such we learn from each other, and collaborate to make a positive impact on the world around us and on future generations.
“The heart of the Waldorf method is that education is an art – it must speak to the child’s experience. To educate the whole child, his heart and his will must be reached, as well as the mind.” -Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925)
CHILDREN - Mountain Oak School holds the value of teaching children in a developmentally appropriate way: an artful, imaginative way that leads them to wholeness, which is defined as intellect balanced with heart wisdom, served by a vigorous will. Healthy childhood creates a profound connection to the natural world and humanity. Healthy children have a capacity for courage and an ability to take on the world in a compassionate, creative way.
CREATIVITY - Mountain Oak School values and actively fosters all creative expression. We strive to educate children to become adults who think creatively and thus are able to see novel solutions to issues faced by the global community. We strive to educate children to value beauty. We empower children to shape their own lives.
COMMUNICATION - We strive to focus on communication that respects the rights of others and accepts the diverse viewpoints of a community. We believe in honest, open, and compassionate listening and speaking.
INTEGRITY - Integrity is defined as our ability as individuals and as a Waldorf-inspired school community to implement and live the four core values outlined above. The values of community, children, creativity, and communication are all strands which are interwoven and interconnected to constitute the whole. Integrity in these values is created in our hearts, formed by our minds and put forth to the world through our actions.