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Linden Waldorf School Celebrates 100 Years of Waldorf Education

Tennessee's only Waldorf school joins a worldwide centennial celebration on Thursday, Sept. 19.

A centennial celebration takes place on Thursday, Sept. 19 that's all about a special brand of education, and Nashville Mayor David Briley is giving it an official proclamation in the community. to celebrate the gift of education.

Waldorf Education hits its 100th anniversary milestone, and Linden Waldorf School will commemorate the day with music-making and other special activities. The school's students and families will join with schools across the globe to celebrate the centennial. Linden Waldorf's students will display beehives, sing and play music, create a flash mob sculpture to be video-recorded by drone and spend the afternoon cooling off on a 100-foot slip-and-slide.


Scientist and philosopher Rudolf Steiner established the first Waldorf school in Stuttgart, Germany in 1919 in response to the fractured society left in the wake of World War I. The Waldorf approach offers a developmentally appropriate, experiential and academically rigorous approach to education. The arts are heavily integrated in all academic disciplines for students from preschool through 12th grade. Inspiring life-long learning is a key component.

The principles of Waldorf education evolve from an understanding of human development that addresses the needs of the growing child. A Waldorf education states music, dance, theater, writing, literature, legends and myths are not just subjects to be read about and tested — they are to be experienced. Through those experiences, Waldorf students cultivate their intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual capacities.

Waldorf education is one of the largest and fastest growing non-sectarian educational movements in the world. There are more than 1,100 Waldorf schools and approximately 2,000 Waldorf kindergartens in 80 countries around the world.

Click here for a video introduction to Waldorf education.


Linden Waldorf School was founded in 1997 and is the only Waldorf school in Tennessee. Serving students in PreK – grade 8, Linden Waldorf School has a current enrollment of 200. It's mission is to provide education that honors the stages of childhood while cultivating a love of learning and addressing the whole child. The curriculum balances strong academics with artistic and practical skills to provide a rich, engaging experience. The school aims to prepare children to meet the future with clarity of thought, a caring heart and the confidence to initiate change.

Linden Waldorf School holds prestigious dual-accreditation from the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America and the Southern Association of Independent Schools, as well as full membership in the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America.

"Linden Waldorf School is honored to have brought Waldorf education to this part of the country for 22 years and to be an integral part of a world-wide educational movement 100 years strong," says Head of School Tricia Drake.

Linden students participate in several ongoing commemorative projects. They include exchanging postcards with 1,200 international schools, fostering honeybee and pollinator culture on the 12-acres campus and participating in The Smithsonian Institute's StoryCorps Project through The Waldorf Chronicles.

In tandem with the Waldorf centennial, Linden joins other schools worldwide engaged in social and environmental impact projects. The higher aim is to regionally and internationally create a vital interconnectedness to stimulate dialogue around human values in education while supporting initiatives that revitalize society and relationships with each other and the earth.

Linden Waldorf School is located at 3201 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville. Interested in learning more about the school? A great way to do so is by attending one of its Windows on Waldorf tours. Upcoming tours are on Sept. 25, Oct. 16, Oct. 30, Nov. 20, Dec. 4, Dec. 18 (with kids), Jan. 23, Feb. 5, Feb. 19, March 11, April 8 and April 22 (with kids). To attend a Windows on Waldorf tour, register HERE.

For more info about Linden Waldorf School, call 615-354-0270 or visit






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