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Eastside Community School - Three Cedars Waldorf Initiative

Our Story

The Eastside Community School - Three Cedars Waldorf School Initiative was created by a group of dedicated parents and faculty who were originally part of the Three Cedars Waldorf School (TCWS) community. TCWS was established in Bellevue more than 20 years ago by a group of visionary parents inspired to give their children the gift of a Waldorf education. TCWS merged with Seattle Waldorf Schools (SWS) in 2016. The hope that SWS’s infrastructure would strengthen our school was not realized.

Currently operating under the name “Eastside Community School,” we are a grassroots initiative working torward transitioning TCWS back to an autonomous independent school in June of 2018.

Our Educational Philosophy

At Eastside Community School, we believe that every child comes into the world with a unique purpose. Our task is to help our students develop the skills, talents, and capabilities they need on their way to fulfilling that purpose.

We are proud to be inspired by Waldorf Education, a worldwide movement that began in 1919. Through generations, the educational philosophy of world-renowned scientist, artist, and founder of Anthroposophy Rudolf Steiner, has guided students toward lives where they excel at being who they really are: mathematicians, artists, entrepreneurs, biochemists, teachers, leaders. We believe that the most important lesson of all is to learn to fully be ourselves.

With a broad, rich, and unique curriculum and specially trained teachers, we develop our students to their fullest potential—spiritually, artistically, ethically, intellectually, socially, and physically. By understanding, respecting, and nurturing each phase of childhood, we inspire a genuine, lifelong love of learning. In a very real way, Eastside Community School creates the future.

Our Core Values

At the most basic level, we believe that the world is good and beautiful. The qualities we embrace and develop in our students reflect a positive, hope-filled approach to education, where working as a team is embraced, yet where the differences between us as individuals are recognized and cherished.

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