HWS Talking Points

Waldorf education is unique. Experiential learning using the integration of the arts and hands-on techniques is very different than the teach-to-test methods of most schools.
 
The “whole human being” comes first. HWS feels that it is essential that students express themselves through the arts, that they collaborate with each other in a non-competitive manner, and that they have a global and moral sensibility.
 
Prepared. Waldorf students and graduates are ready, and passionate, to take on life challenges as independent, involved, self-directed and innovative human beings.
 
Waldorf teaches beyond testing. Students get involved in imagining and testing creative solutions to complex problems. They learn to think beyond standardized tests. At HWS, learning is rigor plus discovery.
 
Waldorf students are successful in the world. The holistic, inclusive, global nature of Waldorf education results in academically and socially successful students who will be independent, self-directed lifelong learners and who will make a difference in the world.
 
Waldorf exposes every student to a broad curriculum. Each student experiences every part of the Waldorf curriculum:  all sciences, all levels of math, history, literature, music, language, movement, and PE & circus arts. The conviction is that K-12 education is a time to excite a wide array of possibilities in students, not the time for narrowing and specialization.

Culturally connected.  Hawaiian Values are taught in every aspect of HWS. From mo’olelo (storytelling), to the study and performance of chanting and hula, to studies of local geography, flora, and fauna, to volunteer service to help preserve local resources, HWS is connected to the Hawaiian culture in spirit, actions, and its sense of place.
 
Waldorf students are taught to make a difference in the world. As connected, global citizens, Waldorf students, and graduates know how to collaborate with others to make the world a better, more compassionate and beautiful place.
 
Lifelong learners. As lifelong learners, Waldorf students are ready for the challenges of higher education and life in general. They are academically and socially prepared to be productive citizens of their community and the world.
 
A unique viewpoint. Waldorf students and graduates, having been exposed to handwork, hands-on learning, and the arts view the world in a unique way. They have imaginative, creative ideas that are unbounded and are driven by discovery.

Compiled by Kat Fitzpatrick, March 2019
from 4frontbranding document created for HWS in 2015