Our classical approach to education started 100 years ago. Our early childhood programs involve painting, beeswax modeling, bread baking, songs & games, along with plenty of outdoor play. The grades include two foreign languages, movement, handwork, language arts, drama, science, history & math and the playing of a violin or cello.
The Acorn School of Charleston strives to provide an education which builds confidence, love of lifelong learning and a sense of meaning. Following the principles of Waldorf education, which integrates academic, artistic, and practical disciplines, each student is taught and encouraged to develop their imagination, to think with clarity, respond with kindness, and act with purpose.
Honor the developmental stages of childhood.
Goodwill toward others.
View the natural world with respect and wonder.
Connection with the greater Waldorf community.
“I love that my children are learning academics in such innovative ways: gaining a deep understanding of geometry through a class building project; or fractions through baking; or an astronomy block capped off by a campout in which they take turns mapping the night sky and the constellations. It’s a magical place to be a student.”
— An Acorn School Parent
“If you want your children to be brilliant, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more brilliant, read them more fairy tales.”
— Albert Einstein
“The heart of the Waldorf method is the conviction that education is an art-it must speak to the child’s experience. To educate the whole child, his heart and will must be reached as well as his mind.”
— Rudolf Steiner
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.”
— Albert Einstein
“Waldorf taught me how to think for myself, to be accountable for my actions, to be a good listener, and to be sensitive to the needs of others. It also helped me to focus on the underlying importance of beliefs, and values that are the foundation of good leadership.”
– Kenneth Chenault, American Express Company Vice Chairman
“The lifelong success of children is based on their ability to be creative and to apply the lessons learned from playing.”
“The importance of playful learning for children cannot be overemphasized.”