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Strings program begins for all students in fourth grade

Whatcom Hills

From our beautiful wooded site in the Geneva neighborhood near Lake Whatcom, our school, founded in 1986, serves over 200 students from preschool through Eighth Grade. Our play-based Early Childhood programs provide a warm, active and unhurried atmosphere perfectly tailored to the developmental needs of young children. For the grade school student we offer an arts-infused academic program, provided by a dedicated and skilled faculty who understand a students’ cognitive, emotional and physical developmental needs.

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Experience Learning

From the beginning of first grade we integrate academic studies with creative arts. Grade students enjoy specialty classes that form important components of our time tested curriculum. Spanish, Handwork, Physical Education, Chorus, Woodworking and Gardening are our current offerings. In grades four and five each student studies a stringed instrument and can choose a band instrument in sixth grade.  From 4th through 8th grade our students play together in band or string orchestra.  Each elementary grade student participates in a yearly class play that celebrates an aspect of that years curriculum.


Our teachers expand the classrooms into natural surroundings both near and far.  On our campus we have an organic gardening program, lovely playgrounds and a nearby forest we can walk to. Our curriculum is also enhanced with field trips, farm trips, backpacking, hiking and special grade level activities with regional Waldorf schools like the Olympiad in fifth grade and a Renaissance Fair in seventh grade.


With an active and engaged parent body and led by our seasoned and skilled faculty, our students experience an education that nurtures their intellect, creativity, and resilience and prepares them to meet their future with confidence. Our educational philosophy and the school’s social culture instills in students respect for themselves, for each other and for the world around them.  Our graduates are prepared for a lifetime of engaged learning and creative thought.


We are an accredited member of both the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN) and the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) and, as a member of these networks of Waldorf Schools, provide a rich and creative education with a balance of academics, arts, music and physical education.