(PRWEB) February 08, 2013
A top Bellingham private school will be awarding up to $25,000 in scholarships for applicants to grades 5, 6 and 7 starting in the 2013-14 school year, in order to attract students with excellent academic, artistic, community service, athletic, or other talents and accomplishments.
Offered by The Whatcom Hills Waldorf School (WHWS), located in the Geneva neighborhood, the Waldorf Trustee Scholarships will be automatically renewed each year the student remains in good standing at the school.
Applications and more information will be available at the WISE Independent School Fair this Saturday, February 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Bloedel Donovan Community Building. WISE is the Whatcom Independent Schools & Educators, a group comprised of local independent schools and educators offering a variety of options for students in Whatcom County. Admission to the fair is free.
“We are very excited to be the only independent school in Whatcom County to offer middle school scholarships to students who will be community leaders in the coming years,” says WHWS Board President Susan West. “By the middle school years, children are really coming into their own — demonstrating creative, artistic and athletic passions, getting deeply involved in their communities through volunteer work, or even starting their own businesses, really making a difference in the world. We want to celebrate and reward these children’s accomplishments and passions. And we know, from the incredible successes of our alumni, that a Waldorf education is an excellent preparation for high school, college, and beyond — as well as in non-academic arenas like creative pursuits, adventure seeking, and personal fulfillment. Waldorf is a liberal arts elementary school — rich in creative thinking, independent learning, and community building.”
WHWS plans to offer up to five Waldorf Trustee Scholarships of between $2,500 and $5,000 each year. The scholarships will automatically renew each year the student remains in good standing in the school. Award recipients remain eligible for financial aid, based on family need, and their siblings qualify for WHWS’s generous sibling discounts — 15% for the second child, and 25-40% for all additional children.
WHWS offers nearly $200,000 in financial aid to qualified families. “We are proud of our generous aid program, which enables many students to enjoy the benefits of a Waldorf education,” says WHWS Administrative Director Kathy Fraser. “We work closely with families to meet their needs. A private education is very affordable at WHWS.”
The Whatcom Hills Waldorf School was founded in 1986 and celebrated its 25th year recently. The school teaches students in kindergarten through eighth grade, and offers two-, three-, and five-day preschool for children over three years old. A nursery for children ages 12 to 30 months is associated with the school. Located in the historic Geneva Elementary School, in a garden setting adjacent to a grove of fir trees, WHWS teaches according to the Waldorf method — a scholastic tradition founded in 1919, and the fastest growing non-denominational, independent school movement in the world.
The full Waldorf curriculum provides a balance of humanities, sciences and the arts, designed to meet the children’s needs at each stage of their development. Subjects and skills are introduced when children are most receptive and in a vivid manner, which sparks delight in learning. The goal of Waldorf education is to enable all children to unfold their unique potential by providing a strong academic life and encouraging their artistic and imaginative life. This inspires an eagerness for learning and an enthusiasm for life.
For more information, visit http://www.whws.org, call the school at (360) 733-3164, or email enroll(at)whws(dot)org. WHWS is located at 941 Austin Street, Bellingham.