Welcome to River Valley Waldorf School, situated on seven acres in beautiful Bucks County perched directly above the small river town of Upper Black Eddy, PA and the mighty Delaware. Our school is one of 1,000 Waldorf schools worldwide and is part of an exciting educational movement that first began in 1919.
In 1994, we opened our first kindergarten in the woods of Quakertown, PA with about 10 families. We are now educating over 160 children from three years through 8th grade, along with a thriving parent-child program (Garden Gate) for infants, toddlers and their families. Our teachers work with the educational innovations developed by Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner, transforming education into an art that educates the whole child—not only the head, but the heart and the hands as well.
We see the success of our curriculum as our graduates make their journey to adulthood as creative and thoughtful young people, fulfilling our expectations that they become resilient, capable of creative and independent thought, morally astute and free to think for themselves. What is more important for young people who will soon be faced with the both the exciting opportunities and the vagaries of a 21st century global society?
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- 1992, a group of parents formed The Waldorf Association of the Delaware River Valley.
- 1994, Golden Circle kindergarten was opened in a cabin in the woods south of Quakertown, PA.
- 1997 two graduates, Christina Hummel and Penny Green, from Sunbridge Institute arrived to shepherd this close-knit community into its next phase.
- 1999 Marked the addition of a first grade class with 10 students, led by the inspiring teacher, John Green.
- In June of 2000 the Golden Circle community moved into its present location and opened its doors in September as River Valley School.
- In 2005, River Valley earned the right to officially add ‘Waldorf’ to our name, becoming River Valley Waldorf School.
- 2006 we became accredited by Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS).
- 2007 the first cycle of eight grades was completed with five graduates!
- 2013 we reached the milestone of full-member accreditation with the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) and simultaneously, PAIS re-accreditation.