Philosophy, Mission, & Vision


“Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings, who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives.”–Rudolf Steiner, Founder of the Waldorf School Movement

Educational Philosophy

Waldorf education is a developmentally attuned and experiential approach to education based on the insights and principles of human development outlined by the world-renowned writer, scientist, and artist Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925). Waldorf Education evolved from Steiner’s profound understanding of human development to address the needs of the growing child, and of society.

Teachers in Waldorf schools are dedicated to awakening an inner enthusiasm for learning within every child, precluding the need for constant competitive testing, academic stratification and behavioral rewards as motivational tools, and allowing the unfolding of a child’s natural confidence and sense of belonging. The keen interest in both the inner and outer worlds that a Waldorf education seeks to inspire serves to engender the capacity for joyful life-long learning.

Tucson Waldorf School is an independent, tuition-based school and does not receive funds from federal, state, or local government. Tuition at TWS is outlined in the Tuition and Fees section.

An important goal of Tucson Waldorf School is that families of all income levels may participate in the school. Scholarship resources are available to all students in Grades ‘K’ through 8 through the Arizona state School Tuition Organization (STO) private school scholarship tax-credit program and the Empowerment Scholarship Account program.

TWS is an accredited full Member of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA).

School Mission

Tucson Waldorf School is a community dedicated to joy in learning. We believe in engaging each child through meaningful experiences, attuned to the unique stages of childhood.


Tucson Waldorf School graduates approach life with purpose, intention, and commitment to social responsibility, confident of their place in the world.

read our annual report 2011-2012

read our annual report 2015-2016

read our annual report 2018-2019