The Bacon is Served!

A very special thank you to all our Holiday Hams, Colorado Gives Day donors, and all who attended our virtual event! This year we raised $116,500 in donations and could not be more proud of the outpouring of support from our community and beyond.

Want to make further contributions to The Denver Waldorf School? You can donate on our Colorado Gives Day page any day of the year! As always, our Advancement Coordinator, Hannah Ronan-Daniell, always welcomes your questions on supporting DWS.

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Get a Taste of the Hams Who Made Our Event a Success

In case you missed our Holiday Ham-a-Thon or just can’t get enough of the awesomeness that ensued during the event, we’ve brought you a second helping below. Enjoy!

Act 1 — Mahdyeh Nowkhandan’s Persian Dance

Act 2 — Spicy Interview with Leo Bond and Kelly Church

Act 3 — Jenny Thompson’s Family Musical Performance

Act 4 (and Winner!) — Alexa Krakauskas’s juggling

Act 5 — War of the Worlds Radio Play with 2019/2020 High School Seniors and David Johnson

Act 6 — Mahdyeh Nowkhanden’s Bellydance

Act 7 — Carla Abate Performing John Prine’s Angel from Montgomery

Act 8 — Zoombombing of Spacial Dynamics with Charlie Orphanides

Act 9 — Ian Shirkey Performing Celtic Tunes

Act 10 — Sarah Box’s Video Accompanied by The High School Performing John Lennon’s Imagine

Act 11 — Mahdyeh Nowkhandan’s Fusion Dance

Act 11 — Vernon Dewey & Tom Clark Performing Zoomed and Confused

Act 13 — Bedtime Story (Vasalisa, the Beautiful) Told by Dawn Archer

DWS Commitment to Anti-Racism

Artwork created with love by our high school art teacher, Kimberly Martin, along with her two daughters (and DWS alumnae) Bella and Tallulah

We at The Denver Waldorf School continue to be deeply saddened and outraged at the tragic and violent death of George Floyd. As a school founded on principles of love and humanity, these actions of brutality strike against our very mission. We recognize that if we do not stand up against systemic racism that faces the Black community, then we too are complicit in oppression.

It is our responsibility to bear witness to what is happening in the world, to elevate the voices of marginalized people, to change the course of inequities, and to break down structural prejudice in all forms where it exists, particularly in our own school

We have much more work to do and here are some examples of steps we are taking and have taken toward greater diversity and inclusion at DWS.

We have worked to grow The Denver Waldorf School’s diverse student body during the past five years from 16% identifying as people of color to 25%. Our next goal is to grow classrooms whose diversity invites many perspectives from several backgrounds, minimizing the risk of tokenization. We do this by continuing to grow our Diversity Scholarship, broadening our outreach efforts, and working to ensure that DWS is a welcoming, safe space.

The Denver Waldorf School’s inherently multicultural curriculum has broadened and deepened to be ever more inclusive of diverse stories and perspectives. We have brought diverse community members in and together through our festivals and celebrations we are working to make our festival life even more inclusive, honoring all people. These same efforts are being taken up on a national level for the greater Waldorf education movement, in particular teacher training institutes. We strive to grow increasingly welcoming and affirming and we, as individuals involved with the school, are working to deepen our personal understanding and be better witnesses of the experiences of people from different backgrounds than our own.

As staff and teachers, we participate in trainings on cultural competence, examining privilege and dismantling oppression. We also strive to help our students recognize and counter white supremacy and oppression, developing positive identities through conversations with their teachers as well as with guests, most recently the Flobots.

Our Diversity and Inclusivity Committee helps shepherd this work throughout the school. Together we reflect, envision, and act to shape The Denver Waldorf School as a place where families, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel welcomed and valued. Part of our work as a committee is studying together. This year we read Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria by Beverly Daniel Tatum. This book helped us better understand racial identity development as it unfolds in Black children, children of color, and White children and our role as parents and educators.

This summer, Diversity and Inclusivity member Vernon Dewey invites all DWS community members who are interested to join him in reading and discussing White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo, a book previously read by the committee. This book is particularly helpful for White people in understanding White privilege in order to better engage in social change. You may email him at Magally Luna will also be leading a Healing Justice Circle for any DWS People of Color wanting support during this time. You may email her at

We also recommend the following:

How to talk to children about racism and violence: resources for teachers, parents and guardians

Anti-racism Resources for White People: a compilation of resources for white people and parents to deepen our work in anti-racism

Array Now: Started by Ava DuVernay, director of Now They See Us, this is a compilation of African American independent films – an array of stories and voices.

Teaching Tolerance: Teaching about race, racism, and police violence

75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice: Curated by Medium and updated regularly.

Thank you to our community for joining us in elevating our commitment to social justice and renewal.

In Solidarity,

The Denver Waldorf School

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3 Things You Can Start Doing Now to Keep Your Kids Safe Online


There’s no arguing that modern technology poses a range of dangers to your children’s development and to the value of their relationships. You know your child needs your guidance to develop a healthy relationship with technology, and to learn to regulate their own use in a healthy manner in the long term.

You also know that you must protect your child, especially from more acute threats, until they learn the foundations of self-regulation.

Ideally, your child’s school would partner with you to help you manage technology use and nurture the development of your child’s inner life. But the reality is that screen time and internet exposure is becoming increasingly pervasive in most schools.

The world is becoming increasingly digital. Whether you keep your children on a strict screen-time schedule or allow them to regulate their own time, these tools will help you keep your children safe as they explore the digital world.


Password Manager

Password managers can keep your children from accessing sensitive account information while using your devices, while keeping those accounts accessible to you.

A password manager is digital organizer for all of your online passwords that is stored online and accessed with, well, a password.

The benefit of a password manager is freedom of security. With a password manager you can protect all of your online accounts with strong passwords with the reassurance that you will be able to access your accounts even if you can’t remember each individual password. And that’s great, because the number of password protected accounts we need just to get from one place to another is only increasing.

When deciding on a password manager, you’ll have to determine whether you prefer cloud storage or local storage, which will depend on two things: how much functionality you desire and how paranoid you are. Local storage is a good idea if you’re very worried about a data breach or if you work in a highly sensitive field.


Parental Controls

Nearly every digital device is equipped with parental controls designed to help parents set and enforce limits on screen time, content, and more.

Sometimes, a device’s onboard parental controls simply aren’t enough. In those cases, there is a wide range of third-party controls, which give parents more options and provide greater functionality.  Most parental control apps require a yearly paid subscription, so be sure the app you choose is right for your family’s needs.

Parental controls are important on your child’s personal devices, as well as family devices.


Click here for a detailed list of parental control options.



Any time you consider restriction, you must also consider how such measures will affect trust between you and your child. Your child needs your trust to transition through to adulthood in a whole, healthy manner. However, this trust must be mutual. Your child must also trust you.

Thus the importance of communication. As a parent, you can’t demand trust. It’s a gradual process that requires mutual commitment and constant communication over time.


 “Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives. The need for imagination, a sense of truth, and a feeling of responsibility—these three forces are the very nerve of education.”
― Rudolf Steiner


We minimize screen time and maximize our students' experience.

Want to see how we do it? Schedule a tour!

3 Defining Attributes of a Waldorf High School Student College Recruiters Can’t Resist

College recruiters are actively seeking Waldorf educated youth for their programs in record numbers. Since the release of this 2015 study published by Stanford University, primary and secondary educators have become increasingly aware of the exceptional quality and deeper learning opportunities of Waldorf education, and increasingly enthusiastic.

This year alone, 94% of graduating seniors at the Denver Waldorf High School have been accepted to high quality postsecondary institutions, earning $4.4M in scholarships.

Waldorf students leave high school with three traits the best colleges and universities are particularly excited about.


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Self-direction. In a world where change is the only thing we can count on, it’s not enough to wait for instructions. To be successful, one must be able to assess circumstances and direct their own actions. This is so not only for employment, but for life.

A self-directed individual can look beyond the norm to piece together a fulfilling life for themselves based on their own needs and joys. These are the individuals who are least susceptible to mental illness and spiritual fatigue.

Personal Development. Before adulthood, personal development is a physiological function of growth. Later, however, we must actively and consciously endeavor to continue growing toward our best selves.

Waldorf education prepares graduates to strive continuously toward personal growth and development. They’re challenged not only to examine the world around them, but the world within them. And they career this ability into the rest of their life.

Academic Confidence. It’s long been understood that confidence, one’s belief in themselves, is the spice of success. However, overreaching confidence can become detrimental when not focused. Academic confidence is specific. Waldorf high school students are challenged to learn that they can learn. They leave high school confident in their ability to identify problems and investigate solutions.

We know from experience why Waldorf students are in such high demand at the world’s best colleges and universities. But what does the research say?

“One overriding result is that Waldorf students seem more interested to learn and more socially engaged than mainstream students,” according to Bob Dahlin, international academic and author of Rudolf Steiner: The Relevance of Waldorf Education.


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But this study isn’t all roses. In his conclusion, Dahlin suggests that while Waldorf students leave high school with a greater likelihood of being driven to continue their education not only immediately in college or university, but throughout their life, they may be behind their peers in fact recitation. He notes in his examination that we may have to choose between fostering wrote memorization of a greater pool of facts, or fewer recitable facts and a greater passion for inquiry.

Higher education administrators appear to have made their choice.

In a world wherein all factual knowledge is accessible instantaneously, fostering the intrinsic drive to discover is the most important trait we can foster in our youth to ensure lifelong success.

Come see how we do it. Schedule a tour of our high school!

Meditation is good for young minds.

Don’t Quiet Your Mind. Quiet Your Thoughts So You Can Hear Your Mind.

From meditation to dreams, the vital health benefits of quieting our thoughts and exploring our mind have been well documented. Research supports the growing trend of including meditation in education. Schools worldwide have even gone as far as replacing detention and other traditionally punitive measures with breathing and meditation.

Though the conversation about how these practices are beneficial, there is little discussion around why these practices are so beneficial. And really, though the prompt is common, there’s very little discussion about what actually happens when we “turn off the mind.”Read more

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If We Want Our Children to be More Innovative, Courageous, and Resilient, We Must Encourage Them to be More Vulnerable

What does it mean to be vulnerable?

In a world where it’s become popular to deride anyone who doesn’t have “thick skin”, anyone who believes in standing up for something – including themselves – it may be difficult as a parent to embrace teaching your child to be vulnerable. We want them to be safe, after all. We want them to be protected.

But what is lost in the space between our hearts, and our armor? And what happens when that armor comes off?Read more

How to make sure your high school student is successful

The Life-long Success Equation for High School Students

Innovations in technology means changes in the paths our children may take in the world. Work requiring a human touch is becoming more select. Yesterday’s jobs – and the security that came with them – are rapidly being replaced by either algorithms or creative thinkers who cannot only predict innovation, but drive it.

Innovation is the currency of modern success, and innovation is driven from within.Read more

Intrinsic motivation is important for teens

Intrinsic Motivation Drives Lifelong Learning

We’ve developed a culture motivated by external rewards, unrelated compensation for work done. On a basic level, this drive is a natural extension of the give-take relationship between working members of a community. In a functioning society, all members participate in bringing goods to bear for trade, so that the entire community may live a more fruitful life.

But education is personal. Inquiry is the mechanism by which we each advance our own understanding of the observable world and our place within it.

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Waldorf Education Prepares Teens for Fulfilling Lives. Here's How.

Being a teenager is challenging.

On one hand they’re expected to be adults, to discover who they are in the myriad possibilities and support themselves physically and emotionally. Far too many teens are challenged to practically pick out a personality from a two-dimensional storefront of limited acceptance, and then cash that in for a place in the workforce.Read more