Community Life

Camellia Waldorf School offers each parent the opportunity to become part of a community that has heart and purpose. There are a number of ways to become involved. Your interests and talents can lead you.

Parent Involvement

Camellia is not just a school, but also a wonderful community full of dedicated and well-trained teachers, diverse student body, and active parents.

Parent meetings

The class teachers host these gatherings 3 to 5 times during the school year. The parents of each class meet with the teacher to discuss the school life of the class and to learn how they can help their child at home. Your attendance is an important way to support your child’s teacher, to form relationships with other parents and to involve yourself in the school community.

Parent education

Your class teacher will provide a great resource for discussions and questions in parent meetings. Additional evening programs such as lectures and “chat nights” are offered to the parent body so they can learn and experience more of what comprises Waldorf education. Additional courses may be offered in painting, woodworking, doll-making, or Eurythmy.

Parent association

The Francis Guild Parent Association sponsors parent education evenings and social events, supports the fundraising efforts of the school, and generally fosters communication within the school community.

Fundraising

The school relies on fundraising for part of its budget. These efforts include the Annual Fund Drive and special events, such as our annual auction Camelliapalooza.

Spirituality

Camellia is highly recommended for anyone who is interested in giving their child an opportunity to reach his or her true life potential.

Camellia Waldorf School actively welcomes students, faculty, and staff of all faiths and creeds. We respect and support all individuals’ spiritual beliefs and practices.

We strive to develop the mind, body, and spirit of the child, encouraging in the process, the child’s spiritual freedom and growth. As in every Waldorf school, our teaching works toward this aim by drawing on the insights into human development pioneered by Rudolf Steiner.

The Camellia community is diverse in nature and rich in the teachings of many great religious traditions. Students develop an understanding and deep respect for the various cultures of the world through their experience in the classroom and in the celebration of seasonal festivals of the year. Drawing primarily, but not exclusively, on Christian traditions, we celebrate our common humanity, not our separateness in belief or practice.

We affirm the importance of spiritual growth in families’ lives, and we encourage families to explore and grow into their spiritual identities while fostering respect for the beliefs and traditions of others.