Urban Prairie Waldorf School
"If you can give your son
or daughter only one gift,
let it be enthusiasm."
George Benard Shaw

Governance

Urban Prairie Waldorf School is a self-administered, collaboratively-led institution. Its leadership is divided across three groups, each of which is responsible for a specific “realm” of decision making. These groups are the Faculty, the Board of Trustees, and the Administration. The groups strive for thoughtful independence. Each upholds its own work, understands when an issue falls to another group, and works with the other groups with honesty and integrity. In striving to work in this fashion the school is a balanced organism. Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Waldorf education, conceived of the “three-fold” organizational concept.

The Faculty oversees the “cultural realm” of the school. This group is responsible for matters that directly relate to the classroom and the teaching of the children, including pedagogy, curriculum development, and the selection, mentoring, and evaluation of teachers.

The Board of Trustees oversees the “economic realm“. This group is in charge of decisions relating to the financial and legal health of the school. The Board is responsible for the annual and long-term budget, strategic planning, fundraising leadership, and risk management. 

The Administration is responsible for the “rights realm“. The Administrator deals with issues of policy, equality, and relations with the state. The Administrator oversees the day-to-day functioning of the school including facility upkeep, admissions, enrollment, marketing, and community-building.