In the spring of 2008 the foundation of Azalea Mountain School formed with members of the Steiner study group in Asheville setting a vision to establish a school inspired by Waldorf Education in Asheville, creating the Waldorf Initiative group. The Board of Directors was formed in 2009 to define the collective vision of the school, which incorporated as Azalea Mountain School in June of 2010.
From this early initiative many ideas sprouted into actual events: seasonal festivals, study groups for parents, handwork groups, workshops and lectures about Waldorf Education and the Foundation Study Program (the first year of Waldorf teacher training). In the fall of 2010, the first Morning Garden parent-child class was offered at Abernethy Methodist Church. Azalea Mountain School opened its doors for Kindergarten and Grades 1-4 classes in the fall of 2011 in the school building located adjacent to the Trinity United Methodist Church on Haywood Road in West Asheville. We have called this home for the past four years.
Our community grew out of the seeds of our collective ability to imagine . . .
- An education that focuses on whole brain stimulation through the arts, movement and nature, taught within a caring, safe and pressure-free environment
- A school that understands that academic excellence and a lifelong love of learning result when a child’s senses, feelings and thinking are actively engaged
- A curriculum that follows the developmental stages of childhood and mirrors the inner transformation of the child from year to year
- A faculty that incorporates academic, artistic and practical elements into every subject, creating meaningful, engaging lessons and successful scholars
- A community of like-minded people that provides opportunities for study, music and handwork groups, festivals and the mutual support of a lifestyle inspired by Waldorf
The Azalea Mountain School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin or gender in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.
Azalea Mountain School is a Section 501(c)(3) organization. The school complies with local and state regulations and inspections.