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Waldorf School celebrates 30 years with documentary


Courtesy of Waldorf
The Waldorf School of the Peninsula, free of technological bells and whistles, commemorates 30 years in Silicon Valley this month.

The Waldorf School of the Peninsula has scheduled the premiere of “Preparing for Life,” a documentary about the school, 7-10 p.m. Sept. 20 in Foothill College’s Smithwick Auditorium, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. A live program and reception commemorating the school’s 30th anniversary follows the screening.

A year in the making, the production distilled incidents from interviews, classroom activities, drama and music performances, sporting events and seasonal festivals. The film aims to capture the essence of Waldorf education and weaves an expansive story about how the school is preparing students to be “21st-century smart.”

The high level of press interest in the school and Waldorf education over the past two years spawned the production. The New York Times focused the national spotlight on the local private school with an Oct. 22, 2011, front-page story that explored an apparent contradiction in Silicon Valley – the heart of new technology. Why were so many high-tech executives sending their children to a school that eschewed the use of computers from kindergarten through grade school? National and international newspapers and television networks, including CBS, NBC and CNN, visited the school and broadcast additional feature articles and reviews.

In 1984, a small group of parents and educators in high-tech Silicon Valley sought to found a school that would address the heart and will as well as the mind of the child. The school currently serves approximately 300 students in nursery through high school programs.

For more information, visit waldorfpeninsula.org.

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