The Ithaca Waldorf School is governed in a partnership held by three bodies: the faculty, the administration, and the board of trustees. Each has its own leadership and focus of governance.
The faculty, whose expertise is pedagogy and curriculum, is comprised by teachers whose training, knowledge, and experience in Waldorf and general education enhance the school’s ability to work in community and fulfill its mission. The primary goal of the teachers is to provide students with opportunities that inspire a love of learning and a love of the world through an age-appropriate curriculum according to the teachings of Rudolf Steiner and Waldorf philosophy. The faculty is led by two faculty chairs, one representing the early childhood faculty and one representing the grades faculty. Visit Faculty Page
The administrative team, led by the director of school administration, makes every effort to ensure that the school has policies and procedures that are clear to all and supports the other governing bodies of the school while ensuring that the practical aspects of running the institution are in order. The administrative staff consists of the director of school administration and the office manager, supported by committee members and the faculty chairs. Visit Administration Page
The Board of Trustees
The trustees form the governing board of the Ithaca Waldorf School, a 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation. Their primary role is to manage the school finances, but they are also engaged in the development of the facilities and long range planning as well as identifying areas where policies are needed, handling legal matters, and supporting the administration as needed. The trustees are people who are dedicated to Waldorf education and the mission and values of the Ithaca Waldorf School. They are also responsible for the hiring of the Director of School Administration. Visit Board of Trustees Page