Discover Green Meadow
Waldorf School

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Our Mission

A different kind of private school, Green Meadow Waldorf School strives to create a social, cultural, and learning environment that recognizes the child's spiritual freedom and growth. Inspired by Rudolf Steiner's insights into human development, Green Meadow nurtures the physical, emotional, and intellectual capacities of the growing child through a developmentally appropriate curriculum. Green Meadow Waldorf School engenders in its young people the academic, social, artistic, and practical abilities that will enable them to become self-reliant and generous individuals capable of meeting whatever challenges they face in the future.

The Spiritual Component of Waldorf Education

The identity of every Waldorf school is profoundly affected by the spiritual values at the core of Waldorf pedagogy. The faculty, whose members come from different faiths and philosophies, draws on Rudolf Steiner’s anthroposophy for its insight into human development and its grounding in the spiritual core of Christianity, without a denominational character. Green Meadow is dedicated to serving children of all backgrounds, and the curriculum is rich in the teachings of the many great religious and spiritual traditions of the world.  Through their experiences in the classrooms and in the celebration of the seasonal festivals of the year, students develop understanding of and respect for diverse global cultures. No religious or devotional services of any kind are offered.

Part of an International Community

Green Meadow Waldorf School is one of about 300 Waldorf Schools in the United States and approximately 1,000 Waldorf Schools internationally. Rather than teaching to the test or adhering to Common Core standards, the Waldorf curriculum fosters independent, critical thinking and problem solving, develops ethics and morality, and promotes true joy in learning.

An Affordable Private School for All Ages

As one of the few area Waldorf schools with a high school, we currently have about 225 students in Nursery through Twelfth Grade. We offer a Parent & Child program for babies and toddlers from birth to age three, and a dynamic Community Education Series that engages and supports parents and brings members of the larger community onto our campus in Rockland County.

Support for Working Families

We offer an affordable and flexible After-School Program that serves children in Nursery through Lower School. The program runs until 6pm every day and is also offered on most school holidays and breaks. Athletics and extracurriculars round out our academic program and give students additional options after school. NYC busing makes us accessible to a diverse range of families.

Dedicated, Exceptional Waldorf Teachers

Our faculty members are trained in the Waldorf pedagogy and comprise a mix of seasoned, maturing, and newer teachers. Faculty receive generous support for professional development, as well as ongoing mentoring and other resources. Learn more about our faculty.

Independence and Excellence

Green Meadow is one of the largest and oldest Waldorf schools in North America. As part of a 65-year-old independent school that adheres to a unique and time-tested curriculum, our students are free to learn without the pressure and stress of standardized testing. We benefit from the external support offered by our fully accredited member status in the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) and the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS). We are also accredited by the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN).

Transportation to our campus & community in Rockland County, NY
(We now offer busing from NYC!)

Green Meadow Waldorf School's campus in Chestnut Ridge resembles a small village. The campus includes six instructional buildings on 11 acres, with ample playgrounds and athletic fields. Our extended community is comprised of 200 adjacent acres for our families' use, offering a beautiful rural environment of forests and fields, and providing opportunities for our students to bring their curriculum to life by connecting classroom lessons to real-world experiences. Kindergarteners feed chickens and gather eggs; third-graders milk cows and harvest biodynamic crops; sixth-graders sow seeds and tend the garden. We also offer facility rentals.

Local community resources include Threefold Educational Center, The Fellowship Community, The Pfeiffer Center, Eurythmy Spring Valley, The Hungry Hollow Co-opThe Fiber Craft Studio, and Sunbridge Institute. We also encourage support for local businesses, including Meadowlark Toys and Sunbridge Books and The Apothecary.

Our proximity to New York City (only 20 miles north of the George Washington Bridge) and the natural beauty of New York State further serve to round out our students' education by providing easy access to a myriad of class trips, ranging from one day to one week.

NYC busing, from the Upper West Side of Manhattan, the Riverdale section of the Bronx, and a stop in Tarrytown, began in September 2019. Contact Admissions Director Melissa McDonagh for details and NYC tuition.

We are located near the NY/NJ border, near Bergen County, Essex County, Hudson County, and Passaic County in NJ, and close to Westchester County, Orange County, and Putnam County in NY.

Our students come from about 90 towns and 13 counties.