After graduating from The Waldorf School of Philadelphia in 2011 I chose to continue receiving Waldorf education at the closest Waldorf high school – Kimberton Waldorf School.

I had a few reasons for choosing to continue this type of education. My experiences at Philly Waldorf were some of the best. I left knowing I always had my class if I ever needed a friend. Any one of them would be there for me.

I love the feeling of family you get at a Waldorf School.

I don’t even think it’s just the small class size because my class now has about 22 people and they still feel like family to me. I think this comes from everything we go through together. At Kimberton Waldorf School we go on a week-long trip every year with our class. This can create the strongest bonds ever. I joined in 9th grade and by the end of our 9th grade trip in October I felt like I was already a part of the class.

In addition to having such a close relationship with my classmates and teachers, I feel that Waldorf gives me all types of experiences I wouldn’t find anywhere else. In 9th grade we learned how to make hooks by blacksmithing, in 10th grade we did an internship with an artisan, in 11th grade we worked with adults with developmental disabilities in the amazing Kimberton Hills Camphill Community, and in 12th grade we have the option to do a Senior Project on nearly anything we want.

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I value the way we are taught life lessons through art and real experience. This past fall I had the opportunity to go on an exchange in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I learned so much abroad, and traveling to a foreign country alone brings out a person’s independence and maturity.

I don’t think Waldorf Education in high school is what everyone needs, but I really think it prepares you for later life in a way that you just can’t find anywhere else.

I can’t wait to have one final amazing, busy year with my wonderful class.

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Mariah, Class of 2011