History

Mountain Laurel Waldorf School, New Paltz, New YorkThe first Waldorf school was founded in 1919 in Stuttgart, Germany, by Rudolf Steiner, the visionary Austrian scientist, philosopher, artist, and educator. Today there are over 600 Waldorf schools in 40 countries, including 100 schools in North America. The schools are independent, each guided by its own teachers. They are linked with each other through common educational ideals and approaches.

Mountain Laurel Waldorf School was founded in 1983 by a group of parents seeking the best possible education for their children. The school began as a kindergarten, and over the years has grown to include an elementary (grades 1-8) program as well.

In the summer of 1995, the school bought its own home in New Paltz. It is located a short walk from the village center, with its shops and library, SUNY New Paltz, and the beautiful Wallkill River. Our building has large, light-filled classrooms, a performance area, and administrative offices. The school community has embraced the move and continues to renovate the building and grounds. This is an exciting period in the life of our school, and we look forward to healthy growth and development.

We invite you to learn more about us: we think that you will discover not only a fine school but a community of parents, teachers, and friends who share a love for learning and living.