"Accept the children with reverence, educate them with love, send them forth in freedom."
Guanacaste Waldorf School offers a bilingual Pre-Kindergarten thru 8th grade education in a natural setting in the NW coast of Costa Rica, near Tamarindo.
For the 2018-19 school year, we will have approximately 100 students and about 30 staff members and volunteers, most of which have been a part of our team at GWS for several years.
Our classes will be split into Pre-Kinder, Kinder, 1st/2nd grade, 3rd/4th grade, 5th/6th grade and 7th/8th grade.
In addition to a full Waldorf curriculum that includes Main Lessons in English and Spanish, Movement, Drawing, Painting, Woodworking, Handwork, Flute, Eurythmy, Theater, Physical Education, etc..., the children will have French and German Classes, Swimming, Gardening, Animal Care and Construction.
We adjust our festivals to reflect, participate in and appreciate our local area and many of the festivals will be the same as many Waldorf programs from around the world - Mica-el, Martinmas, Holiday Festival, Advent Spiral, Easter and May Fair.
We offer bus service from all surrounding communities and have many extra-curricular activities like jewelry making, aerial silks, soccer, tennis, swimming, puppet making, drumming and circus arts.
Our parents are welcome to be involved in the school. Many give a few hours per month and many are very involved and help considerably with a small, growing school.
... and Goals
Some of our goals as a school and community:
- Provide an amazing Waldorf education & life experience for each and every one of our kids
Maintain a natural, beautiful and safe campus filled with great areas to play, grow & learn
Give back to the community and help those in need with active social and environmental programs
Employ long-term, satisfied teachers and staff, happy with life in Costa Rica
Breakeven financially for long term sustainability with competitive pay for teachers and staff
Keep our costs affordable and accessible for local families
Create a thriving Scholarship Program for families in need
Offer a peaceful, loving, open, giving, honest, moral, well-rounded, patient, fun and happy community of parents, kids, teachers & Staff