At the Honolulu Waldorf School we educate each child to find meaning, passion, and purpose in life and to contribute to the creation of a better world for all. Through a curriculum based on the developmental stages of the human being and on the integration of art and academics, our children learn to meet the world with clear and creative thinking, compassion and moral strength, and with the courage and freedom to act.
The Honolulu Waldorf School organizational structure is set up to serve the community of children, teachers, parents and friends.
The Administrative Director oversees all operations and works with the Board of Trustees that is responsible for the corporate functioning of the school including legal and financial matters, strategic planning, and fund development.
The Faculty Chair assists the Administrative Director by implementing the pedagogical program and working directly with the Faculty. Faculty members also participate in day-to-day decision-making through a system of mandated committees. The Faculty Department Chairs (High School, Grades, and Early Childhood) along with the Faculty Chair, form the Advisory Committee, which considers issues before the school and advises the Administrative Director.
Administrative Staff Members function in vital roles of support for the Collegium, parents, and Board of Trustees. Staff see to the details of the daily running of the school so that students can learn, teachers can teach, and parents and Board members can be assured that the school is functioning well. Staff is led by the Administrative Director.
Salaried faculty and staff members comprise the Collegium and are committed to the principles of Waldorf education and the Honolulu Waldorf School. Each individual teacher and administrative staff member is responsible for fulfilling his/her particular task, and in joining with colleagues in the Collegium, is responsible as part of a group for the integrity of the educational foundation of the school. The foundation holds Waldorf education as a spiritual impulse based on Anthroposophy, the name given to the science of the spirit initiated by Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Waldorf education.
While the Collegium works as a whole, there are also the parts of the whole that have their own focus as the developing child grows from Early Childhood through High School. Each department meets weekly to discuss the children, the festival life, curriculum needs, and relevant business pertaining to the department. Decisions are made as needed. The departments include Early Childhood, Grades, and High School.
Mandate Groups are given the responsibility to make decisions in the areas assigned. All decisions are affirmed by the Leadership Team. Mandate Groups implement activities in major areas of responsibility. Groups can co-opt members of the community to assist in fulfilling group tasks. All decisions are affirmed by the Faculty Chair.
Mandate groups include:
- Advisory Committee
- Faculty Hiring Committee
- Professional Development Committee
- Curriculum Committee
- Student Support Committee
- Festivals Committee
- Buildings and Grounds Committee
- Admissions Advisory Committee
Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees is the legal entity of the school and is responsible for financial and legal matters; it oversees the corporate functioning of the school. The board consists of parents, faculty, and community members who are committed to the school’s mission and vision. The Board works closely with the Administrative Director to set long range goals for the school.