History of the Cape Ann Waldorf School

In 1986, the Cape Ann Waldorf School (CAWS) began in Gloucester as a kindergarten of 17 children. Twenty-seven years later, we are a vibrant, growing school, serving more than 120 families and more than 150 children from infancy through Grade Eight.

CAWS is just one of the 121 Waldorf schools in the United States today. With more than 900 Waldorf schools and 1,600 Waldorf early childhood programs on five continents, Waldorf Education is truly global - not only in its scope, but also in its approach. Wherever it is found, the Waldorf curriculum cultivates within its students a deep appreciation for cultural traditions from around the world while all the while being deeply rooted in its local culture and context.

Our school is situated in Beverly, Massachusetts, on Boston's North Shore, and currently serves students coming from the following communities: Beverly, Boxford, Byfield, Danvers, Georgetown, Gloucester, Hamilton, Haverhill, Ipswich, Lynn, Magnolia, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Marblehead, Newburyport, Rockport, Rowley, Salem, Swampscott, Topsfield, Wakefield, Wenham

Waldorf schools offer a unified and holistic approach to education aimed at producing creative, secure, free-thinking individuals who can one day take a responsible place in adult society. The Waldorf curriculum corresponds to the natural stages of a child's development so that form and content parallel the child's own growth. A Waldorf education integrates all the standard academic subjects with a broad background in science and humanities and a consideration of moral principles as well as physical skills.