Waldorf education was born in post World War I Europe, when socio-economic, political, and technological circumstances were shifting rapidly. Rudolph Steiner, an Austrian philosopher, began working with social leaders to develop an education that would cultivate in young people the basis on which to develop into free, moral, and integrated individuals who could meet the challenges of the 20th century. Steiner put forth the premise that human beings have a threefold nature: physical, social-emotional, and intellectual. Hence, in his educational model, the heart must be reached as well as the mind and body.
Since Steiner's time, Waldorf education has engaged all aspects of a child's being. His developmentally based approach entered the public realm with the birth of the charter movement in the 1990's. Raleigh Oak Charter School adheres to this holistic educational picture. Learning is balanced in these three realms to enable each child to fully develop physical will, social-emotional awareness and artistic sensibility alongside intellectual capacity.
Addressing the threefold nature of children allows them to move gradually into adulthood as healthy human beings. Raleigh Oak Charter School is a member of the Alliance for Public Waldorf Education and is guided by the Core Principles of Public Waldorf Education. As a progressive public charter school in Wake County, ROCS is committed to ensuring that more children and families have access to this type of education.
ROCS is a community-initiated school that was born in 2015. The charter was granted in 2017 and the school was opened in August of 2018 as a K-4 school. A grade level will be added each year until 8th grade.