Is Maine Coast Waldorf a religious school?
No. The Waldorf philosophy believes in educating the whole child: mind, body and spirit. As such, there is a spiritual component to the education, but we don’t ascribe to a particular religion. We think about spirituality in the broadest sense of the word: we want children to be aware of their place in the world, self aware and aware of others around them. Our curriculum covers many world religions and our students come from varied religious backgrounds.
Does your school use technology?
Our school has a progressive philosophy on technology and our policies change as children grow and develop. We limit the use of screens and computers in the classroom of younger students in favor of outdoor time and the development of physical competencies that improve self-esteem, social relationships and creativity.
Digital literacy is a critical skill in the 21st century. We believe that technology can be mastered in adolescence when students have the developmental maturity to understand how, when and why to use technology as a valuable a tool.
Digital literacy is an essential component of our High School curriculum. Maine Coast graduates find they have the digital literacy to be successful at excellent colleges, and several have entered rigorous computer science programs,
Can my child enter Maine Coast Waldorf in later grades?
Yes! New students can begin at any point.
Why do you teach reading later than other schools?
The timing and teaching of reading skills looks a little different at Waldorf Schools than in traditional curricula, but the end result is a high level of comprehension and a genuine love of reading. We focus on the fundamental building blocks of reading in the early childhood curriculum through storytelling, songs and other oral traditions. Stories are told by teachers, and the primary goal is sparking imagination. “Traditional” reading instruction begins in first grade. We’ve found this is the optimal time to introduce reading from a developmental standpoint. Some children show reading readiness at earlier ages and our teachers are always willing to help a child who is showing self-directed interest.
Are your students allowed to watch TV?
We strive to develop healthy, creative, independent children and find that TV can be a passive experience that separates them from authentic experiences of the world. We recommend that students refrain from watching TV during school nights.
Are parents expected to volunteer at the school?
The majority of our parents are active volunteers, although there are no requirements about the level of commitment; we respect that everyone has different capacities. However, volunteering, even in a small way, brings many benefits: parents get to get to know one another, help to build our school community, and deepen their understanding of Waldorf education. No matter your expertise or availability, we can help you find a way to participate. In the past, parents have assisted with play productions, class activities, and field trips; served as class parents or on board committees; and helped with school festivals and fundraising events.