Seven years ago, the Saltwater Waldorf School was a budding dream for 4 parents who lived in the Comox Valley. The school started out as two small classes in the homes of two founding parents and teachers. Since those early days, Saltwater has become a member of the worldwide Waldorf school movement, and has met the BC Ministry of Education’s learning outcomes for each grade. After extensive renovations, including seismic upgrades, the school opened its doors in 2011. A second building (1 block away) was then added in 2014. Today, the Comox Valley’s only Waldorf school is proud to be expanding again.
Renovations will be done over the summer months, as part of a long-term plan to create more classrooms. Currently the school has 65 students from preschool aged up to grade seven. With the expansion, the school will be adding a multi-purpose room, a parent room and space for all grades classes under one roof. The 'Hemlock Building' at 2398 Rosewall Crescent will provide education for Grades 1-7 students.
The 'Cedar Building' at 2311 Rosewall Crescent will house the popular preschool program for children who are 3-4 years, a Kindergarten class (ages 5-6) and an aftercare program for students from 1 to 5 pm. The school will also again offer a Parent and Tot program which introduces Waldorf style learning to families with young children ages 1-3.
Waldorf is the fastest growing educational movement worldwide. Despite being a century old, the value of Waldorf philosophies and methods are increasingly recognized today. Even the BC Ministry of Education has recognized the value of these approaches, and has incorporated some of them into BC’s recent curriculum updates.
Like other Waldorf schools, Saltwater is dedicated to nurturing the whole child, and the school’s carefully-paced curriculum is rich in the arts, music, movement and contact with nature. The school offers small classes and plenty of outdoor time in nearby parks. More information on Saltwater School and Waldorf in general can be found on the school’s website: www.saltwaterschool.com.