Waldorf School of the Peninsula graduated its first senior class last month at the school’s Los Altos campus, 11211 Mora Drive.
The high school program, having outgrown its temporary location in Cupertino, will open a new campus this fall at St. Athanasius Church, 180 N. Rengstorff Ave. in Mountain View.
A dream envisioned in 1984 by the school’s founders culminated in the commencement ceremony for the Class of 2011. After 23 years of educating children in preschool through eighth grade, the high school opened in 2007 in response to local demand.
Graduates in the pioneer class include Alexa Bolanos, Adrian Miner, Phoenix Bick-Maurischat, Michael Shih, Kyra Smith and Laila Waheed. Bolanos, Bick-Maurischat and Waheed have attended the Los Altos Waldorf campus since kindergarten, while Miner, Shih and Smith joined the class in high school.
Through an academic curriculum that integrates the fine, performing and practical arts, Waldorf education aims to develop intellectual capacity, social responsibility, creative imagination, reverence for nature and a deep enthusiasm for lifelong learning.
“Waldorf School of the Peninsula is an amazing environment,” said Smith, who will attend Smith College in Massachusetts in the fall. “Everyone is open and friendly, and the way you get to learn really opens your mind. School is enjoyable, it’s fun – and you do different things that you don’t experience at other schools.”
The Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America have accredited the Waldorf School of the Peninsula.
More than 94 percent of Waldorf high school graduates nationwide attend four-year colleges, the large majority at their first choice of schools. These range from small, liberal arts colleges to large universities.
“I am grateful, above everything else, for the fact that the school has brought together a community of people whose greatest passion in life, and greatest calling, is creating this environment for the highest possible learning,” said Miner, heading north to Lewis & Clark College in Oregon.
All of Waldorf School of the Peninsula’s graduates will matriculate to four-year colleges or universities. In addition to Smith and Lewis & Clark, graduates will enroll at Notre Dame de Namur University, Santa Clara University and San Jose State University.