Moving On

The main rationale for a Steiner education is that, by developing all aspects of the children’s humanity, they have a broad base from which to grow. We find that, despite a later start with a formal academic curriculum, by their middle primary years the children typically achieve the same reading levels as those taught from a younger age. By the completion of their schooling, they are fully equipped with the skills, faculties and qualities that they need to meet the demands of the 21st century, both academically and emotionally. The richness of the artistic work and depth of academic endeavour experienced by our students continue as renewing forces for the rest of their lives.

During year 12, students undertake twelve Main Lessons and a range of artistic and practical subjects and carry out a substantial individual project. Their performance across all these tasks is continuously assessed, culminating in a score which enables graduating students to be admitted to all of the universities in Adelaide.

There are currently three assessment options for students in Year 12. Each option determines a range of possibilities for future pathways from school.

Willunga Waldorf School Year 12 Assessment Options

Each of the universities have determined that the skills the students bring from their Steiner education more than prepare them for university study. This has been amply demonstrated by the 179 students graduating from our sister school at Mount Barker between 1991 and 2001, 78 (43.6%) of whom have attended university. Of these, 84% achieved credit grades and above, compared with 47% of non-Waldorf students completing Science degrees and 60% enrolled in Humanities (Wood, University of Adelaide 2003).

Mount Barker Waldorf School Graduate Comparative Study - Students Performance at University

How Steiner/Waldorf Students are Perceived - Quotes


"We should not be asking: 'What does a person need to know or be able to do in order to fit into the existing social conditions?'Instead we should be asking: 'What lives in each human being and what can be developed in him or her?' Only then will it be possible for the qualities of each emerging generation to flow into society. Society will then become, what young people, as true human beings, create out of the existing social conditions.

The new generation should not just be made to conform to what present social conditions require".

Rudolf Steiner