History

Girls picking flowersAt Acorn Hill Waldorf Kindergarten & Nursery, we strive to encourage and protect the sense of wonder and gratitude nourishing the child’s imagination, and to provide a warmth-filled place to work, play and create.

We believe that play is the serious work of childhood, and learning by doing provides the foundation for critical thinking, problem solving, and a lifelong enthusiasm for knowledge. Children enjoy a daily rhythm of activities including outdoor play, singing, puppetry, handwork, cooking, baking and painting.

The seed which was to become Acorn Hill was planted in the 1950s and early 1960s by a small but dedicated group of individuals wishing to found a Waldorf school in the Washington, D.C. area. In 1964, Acorn Hill opened its doors to five children in the basement of a house situated on a small knoll with a large oak tree in the front yard—hence our name. Today we find ourselves on a somewhat larger hill where gathering acorns is a favorite autumn activity!

As a Waldorf School, Acorn Hill is part of a world-wide educational movement of over 800 schools whose work is based on the insights of Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian philosopher, artist, scientist and educator.