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Holistic development at Manila Waldorf School

One of the fastest growing non-traditional education movements in the world
The holistic development of the young’s “hand, heart and head” as espoused by the Waldorf educational movement has found its perfect home in the country’s premier mountain resort town. The Timberland Heights Rudolf Steiner School has open its doors in 2009 on a one-hectare land donated by Filinvest Land, Inc. to the Manila Waldorf School, Inc. (MWSI), which presently runs the Manila Waldorf School.

“Timberland Heights is an ideal location, considering how its natural and pollution-free surroundings are such an integral part of the Waldorf philosophy and curriculum,” said MWSI Board of Trustees Chairman Antonio Q. Montemayor. MWSI will establish a fully integrated pre-school, grade school and high school program on a single campus at Timberland Heights within five years from the start of its operations.

The programs will be implemented in two phases with the first phase covering the high school and the second phase covering its pre-school or kindergarten and grade school for a maximum student population of 400.

The Waldorf/Steiner movement, founded in 1919 by the Austrian scientist and educator, Dr. Rudolf Steiner, is one of the fastest growing nontraditional education movements in the world. There are more than 800 Steiner schools in 60 countries worldwide. Its educational philosophy is based on the developmental stages of childhood and adolescence.

In the country, the Manila Waldorf School has grown from a single kindergarten class of ten in 1994 to its present size of about 200 students enrolled from pre-school to high school with campuses located in Quezon City. It is recognized by the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland as an authentic Waldorf or Steiner school.

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