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What is Waldorf?


Accept the children with reverence, educate them with love, send them forth in freedom. – Rudolf Steiner



In 1919, Europe lay in ruins following the senseless carnage of World War I. It was clear that the mechanical/industrial paradigm governing nineteenth century rationalism had failed. In the arts and letters, the modernist movement was making a clean break with its predecessors, and in education, a pilot project was initiated that would transform its field in a no less revolutionary way.


At the Waldorf-Astoria Cigarette Factory in Stuggart, Germany, owner Emil Molt asked philosopher Rudolf Steiner (the father of biodynamic farming and organic architecture) to design and establish a school for the children of his employees. Steiner agreed, under the following conditions: that the school be open to all children; that it be coeducational; that it be a unified twelve-year school; and that the teachers have primary control over the pedagogy of the school, with a minimum of interference from the state or economic sources. The first “Waldorf” school had been born.


Ninety years later, over a thousand Waldorf schools have been opened in sixty countries across the globe. Waldorf education is the fastest-growing independent educational movement in the world today. Why?


  • Waldorf education harmonizes the body, heart and mind.
  • Waldorf education respects the natural stages of childhood development.
  • Waldorf education is creative and artistic.
  • Waldorf education is committed to the environment and the greater community.
  • Waldorf education generates a joy for learning that lasts a lifetime.
  • Waldorf students go on to study at the world’s finest colleges and universities.

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Welcome to Papalotes

Oaxaca’s First Waldorf inspired School!


Welcome to Papalotes (Spanish for “Kites”), the first and only Waldorf school in the history of the State of Oaxaca, Mexico. We are a non-profit, bilingual preschool located in the picturesque suburb of San Felipe del Agua, fifteen minutes from downtown Oaxaca City.


With over a thousand schools in sixty countries, a figure that has doubled in the last decade alone, Waldorf is the fastest-growing independent educational movement in the world today. Waldorf education has been endorsed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, Cultural Organization (UNESCO). We are proud to be a part of such a thriving, international network of schools, and our mission is to extend our work over time in order to offer a complete, K-12 Waldorf education to the Oaxacan community.


Art, ecology, bilingualism, harmonious development: discover the Papalotes difference!


And as education goes, so goes society. In the words of Willy Brandt, former Chancellor of West Germany and Noble Peace Prize Laureate: “The advent of the Waldorf Schools was in my opinion the greatest contribution to world peace and understanding of the century.”