Our School

Founded in 2006, New Amsterdam School began as a grassroots alliance of educators, parents, and community leaders determined to bring the benefits of Waldorf education to Lower Manhattan.

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New Amsterdam School is an independent, nonsectarian school dedicated to educating a diverse community of children and their parents. As a member of WECAN (the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America) our school is part of the well-established Waldorf movement that today includes over 1000 schools and 1600 early childhood programs in 58 countries. Waldorf education is the fastest-growing independent school movement in the world.

Our Mission

The New Amsterdam School is founded on Rudolf Steiner’s principles of education and the development of child, self and community. Rooted in the Anthroposophical view  of the human being, the school is devoted to the artistic process of developing imaginative and critical thinking, emotional maturity and the social responsibility necessary to serve the world. New Amsterdam supports the unfolding of each individual’s true self- both child and adult- and aspires to awaken children, teachers and parents alike to the needs of the world now and in the future. 



New Amsterdam is inspired by the philosophy of Waldorf Education, a pedagogy for Head, Heart and Hands.

Waldorf Education is a worldwide movement, with over 1000 pre-schools in 58 countries. We’re thrilled to bring more learning opportunities based on Waldorf education to New York City and particularly to downtown families, who will appreciate its respect for each individual child as a whole and its emphasis on creativity. Based on the ideas of the scientist and philosopher Rudolf Steiner, Waldorf education views each child as unique, with a body, soul, and spirit capable of thinking, feeling, and willing. Steiner believed that in the right environment children will mature to their highest potential.

“Waldorf Education is based on a profound understanding of human development. It provides a detailed, richly artistic curriculum that responds to and enhances the child’s developmental phases, from early childhood through high school.  It cultivates social and emotional intelligence.  It connects children to nature and ignites a passion for lifelong learning.”

We offer a lecture series, which is open to the public and our school community, that covers a wide range of topics, including: Waldorf education, childhood development, parenting and communication skills.


The general outline for the 2017/18 school year is available on our Calendar.

We now have a school newsletter, The NAS Villager!

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Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN) has tremendous resources for understanding the Waldorf approach to early childhood.

Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) is the organization dedicated to Waldorf schooling through high school.  Their web site has great overall information as well as lists of Waldorf schools throughout the country.

Schooling the Imagination, by Todd Oppenheimer
 An excellent article describing Waldorf education which first appeared in the Atlantic Monthly

Enjoy recommended books and articles in our Reading List

New York Area Waldorf Schools

Rudolf Steiner School, K-12, the first Waldorf school in North America

15 East 79th Street
New York, NY 10021

The Brooklyn Waldorf School,

126 St. Felix Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

The Waldorf School of Garden City

Cambridge Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530

Green Meadow Waldorf School

307 Hungry Hollow Road
Chestnut Ridge, New York 10977


The New Amsterdam School is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity with tax ID 26-2407285. We admit students of any race, color, national, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.