Steiner Education Worldwide

A World Wide Movement

Steiner education is an internationally recognised educational movement.

Steiner schools can also be known as Waldorf schools, after first school developed by Dr Rudolf Steiner for the children of the factory workers at the Waldorf-Astoria factory in Stuttgart, Germany in 1919.

Rudolf Steiner was an Austrian scientist, philosopher and artist who lived from 1861-1925.  His interests were not only in education, but also in a wide range of fields such as medicine, architecture, organic agriculture, nutrition, social activism and the environment. 

This first school started as a working class movement after World War 1, and within a few years schools opened in New York, London and Paris. In Germany the schools were closed down due to the Nazi regime in the 1930’s, Steiner himself having narrowly escaped an assassination attempt in Munich in 1922. The schools reopened after the war, and continued to grow.

There are now over 1100 Steiner schools and close to 2000 early childhood centres operating in over 60 countries across six continents: see the list here (World Wide List of Steiner /Waldorf Schools). Links to other international school organisations are here: links 

In each country, the curriculum is adapted to the particular culture and context, evolving in response to changing times within a methodology which reflects a consistent picture of child development.  

Steiner Education Australia is a member of the International Council for Steiner/Waldorf Education and is affiliated with the European Council of Steiner/Waldorf Education, the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America and Steiner Education Aetearoa New Zealand.

Our highest endeavour is to produce young men and women who out of themselves are able to find meaning and direction in their own lives.