Our Mission

In our children lies the hope of humanity.

The Waldorf School of Mendocino County is dedicated to cultivating the capacities of each child through a developmentally respectful education, based on the insights of scientist, philosopher, artist and educator, Rudolf Steiner.

Our Vision

We seek to create a model of educational excellence that meets the academic requirements of each child while respecting their individuality, higher spiritual nature, and connection to the whole world.

We strive to develop as a community of conscious, caring adults, committed to human development and social awareness.

We determine to be a thriving center for learning, serving the needs of our diverse community and adhering to principals of ecological responsibility in our growth.

Social Justice, Equity and Responsibility

The Waldorf School of Mendocino County is committed to being a brave space for people of all backgrounds to be acknowledged, welcomed and appreciated. Our community strives to bring students the experience of shared individuality, humanity, and equality, transcending stereotypes, prejudices and divisive barriers.

 

Throughout his life, Steiner spoke about the growing social and spiritual importance of diversity in communities of the future, principles of common humanity that we affirm. We explicitly reject any theory or statement in Rudolf Steiner’s work that characterizes or judges individual human beings as superior or inferior based on racial, gender, ethnic, or other group identity. We honor what diversity brings to the richness of the human perspective.

 

Lifelong learning—and the creation of lifelong learners—is an institutional goal of WSMC; we apply that goal to our engagement with SoJER issues. This manifests as intentional daily awareness, reflection upon successes and failures, and working together and on our own to recognize systemic injustice and internalized prejudice. We seek and welcome engagement with this process by all members of our community.

 

We acknowledge that racial biases are embedded in the very fabric of our culture and perpetuate systems of privilege and oppression. We reject racism, patriarchy, and all forms of oppression through our work with young people who can bring these values into the future. We stand in responsibility for the ways in which past and current practices have made people feel unwelcome, unheard, and unseen. We commit ourselves to a practice of anti-racism and creating a culturally responsive community built upon careful listening, constant learning, and heartfelt understanding of social justice and equity. We commit to honoring our strong, diverse community based on the warmth of human relationship.

 

-SoJER Committee

 

The Social Justice, Equity and Responsibility Committee educates, supports and provides resources to the WSMC community so they can examine their personal biases and lenses in order to create a school community where all members experience a sense of belonging and students are prepared to engage with issues of SoJER.