Since 1984 The Waldorf School of Santa Barbara has endeavored to prepare students to enter adulthood with the capacities of self-discipline, independence, analytical and critical thinking skills, respect for their fellow human beings, and reverence for the world’s beauty and wonder.
The Waldorf curriculm moves through learning by engaging the head, heart and hands. Waldorf Santa Barbara graduates regularly go on to graduate from Ivy League and top universities such as Yale, Cornell, Columbia, UC Berkeley, UCLA and Rhode Island School of Design. 94% of Waldorf graduates graduate from college and 50% move on to Masters and Ph.D programs. Current research shows a positive impact of Waldorf on cognitive and social outcome measures. Waldorf has been shown to be associated with greater creativity, critical thinking and potential engagement as global citizens. Students attending Waldorf schools show more mature social and moral impulses as well as better social skills and a reduction in bullying of peers. Waldorf students value lasting relationships and helping others and have a tendency to have more long term friendships.