When & Where Did Great Oak School Begin?
Great Oak School opened its doors in the Fall 2009 in a small house on Spring Cypress Road in Spring. We started with 3 children in the Kindergarten. In Fall 2010 we opened in our current location in Tomball with one Kindergarten class and have grown steadily and healthily ever since. In 2018-2019 we will have 2 mixed-age Kindergartens with up to 16 students each, a preschool program with up to 12 students, and grades one through seven. We plan to open a third Kindergarten in the next two years and will add grade eight in 2019-2020. Each month more students find their way to our school to embark on their own journey into this extraordinary education.
Where & When Did Waldorf Education Begin?
Great Oak School is part of a worldwide movement of more than 1,000 institutions whose approach to education is inspired by the ground-breaking work of Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925). The first Waldorf school opened its doors in 1919 for the children of workers in the Waldorf-Astoria Cigarette Factory in Stuttgart, Germany. The innovative school attracted immediate interest among people seeking a new way of educating children and other Waldorf schools were soon founded. By 1928, the growing movement had spread to North America with the founding of the Rudolf Steiner School in New York City. In the last 40 years, the number of Waldorf schools and related Waldorf teacher development institutes has grown exponentially – making Waldorf Education one of the fastest growing education movements in this century.