Whatcom Hills Waldorf School provides an arts-infused academic curriculum, inspiring students to meet the world with confidence, initiative, and compassion.
Waldorf Education is premised on Rudolf Steiner’s empirical observation that childhood is made up of three distinct stages of roughly seven years each—birth to age seven (early childhood), seven to 14 (middle childhood), and 14 to 21 (adolescence). Each stage shapes the way children feel about and approach the world—intellectually, emotionally, physically, and spiritually—which, in turn, shapes the way they learn. Waldorf educators are trained in methods appropriately tailored to these developmental stages, each evolving as childhood unfolds.
Whatcom Hills is committed to developing the human potential of each child to its fullest. Admission to the school is open to everyone, regardless of race, sex, creed, religion, national origin, or ethnicity.
It is a fundamental goal of our education to lead students to an understanding of the common humanity of all the world’s peoples, transcending the stereotypes, prejudices, and divisive barriers of classification by sex, race and nationality. We most emphatically reject racism in all its forms, and embrace the principles of common humanity expressed by the founder of Waldorf education, Rudolf Steiner: “[We] must cast aside the division into races. [We] must seek to unite people of all races and nations, and to bridge the divisions and differences between various groups of people. “
Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA)
Nestled between Vancouver, British Columbia and Seattle, Washington, Bellingham is the largest American city (~91,000 people) closest to the Canadian border. It was founded on the salmon and lumber industries dating back to 1852, but today, it boasts a culture of fabulous outdoor recreational opportunities from the San Juans in the Salish Sea to the wilderness of Mount Baker in the North Cascades National Park. Bellingham is also home to Western Washington University and the Alaska Ferry, and has a vibrant local food, craft brew, art and music scene.
Lhaq’temish Land Acknowledgment Statement
Every community owes its existence and vitality to the hopes, dreams, energy and sacrifices of the generations that came before. We, Whatcom Hills Waldorf School, acknowledge we are residing on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Lummi People. The Lummi People are the original inhabitants of Washington's northernmost coast and southern British Columbia. They lived in villages throughout this territory and continue to have an ongoing relationship with these areas. Since Time Immemorial they have celebrated life on their land, waterways and on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of their People to perpetuate their way of life. We honor their ancestors and acknowledge the past, present and future Lummi People as the original inhabitants of this land.
WHWS Code of Conduct
May our actions convey respect, responsibility, and integrity. May we strive to ensure the physical and emotional safety of all members of our school community, and in doing so, cultivate and nourish an enduring sisterhood and brotherhood. Students and adults are expected to be courteous and respectful to all members of the school community and to the general public; to respect the differences and rights of others; to use clean language, to avoid bullying, cyberbullying, harassing or in any way endangering or harming others, physically or emotionally.
A healthy social life is found only when, in the mirror of each human soul, the whole community is living, and when, in the community, each human soul finds its reflection
– Rudolf Steiner