Celebrating Eighteen Years
1996 ~ 2014
All children are honored at Hearthstone School! Hearthstone educates
children in a loving, enriching and nurturing environment which instills
confidence, self esteem, integrity and mutual respect. If you want your
child educated in an environment free from peer pressure and the negative
stereotypes so prevalent in our society, an environment where children
are treated with love and respect and receive individual attention in
small classes, Hearthstone School is the perfect choice.
| Dances of Universal Peace
At the start of every school week, all students and their teachers come together for Dances of Universal Peace. The idea is that we begin our week by moving together in harmony
These dances were introduced to the world in the 1960s by Samuel Lewis, a scholar
of Buddhism, Judaism and Sufism, advocate of organic agriculture, and international
proponent of world peace. Lewis believed that if people could eat, dance and
pray together, there would be peace on Earth; teaching these dances formed
part of his mission.
The dances, most of which
are performed in a circle,
combine simple movements
with songs and chants from
spiritual traditions from
around the world. The themes
honor peace, love, the Divine,
nature, and the unity of
humanity. Through the music,
our students become acquainted
with foreign phrases, names
and stories from various
Rudolf Steiner died in 1925; Dances of Universal Peace did not begin until the late 1960s. While not formally part of the Waldorf curriculum, Dances of Universal Peace are very much in keeping with the spirit and purpose of Waldorf-inspired education. Waldorf education came into being in the aftermath of World War I, when some forward-thinking individuals felt the need for a new type of education. They asked philosopher Rudolf Steiner to develop a new kind of school: one that would help children become harmonious citizens who would create a just and peaceful society. The result was Waldorf education. Dances of Universal Peace fully support these aims.
Hearthstone School offers an in-depth curriculum that
brings academics to life through arts and the natural world, awakens
the imagination, opens the heart, and engages the hands by developing
each child's ability to think clearly, feel deeply and act purposefully.
Hearthstone is an active partnership of students, teachers, families,
members who create an atmosphere of safety, belonging, and mutual support.
Hearthstone's arts-based, integrated curriculum
is based on a holistic vision of the child. Respectful regard for the
sanctity of the individual is taught. Expectations for learning are
developmentally appropriate. The program draws on many models of educational
research and draws special inspiration from the Waldorf approach to
Parents are encouraged and expected to be involved in
their children's education and in the life of the school. Every family
contributes at least eight hours per month towards the work of the school.
This is an essential element of our students' success. Admissions
are by application.
Hearthstone was founded in 1996 as a parent cooperative
for nursery / kindergarten through 12th grades. Hearthstone moved to
its current site in 2000 and over the past five years has worked to
renovate the lower school building for Nursery through Second Grades,
the pottery studio and the main school building. Renovations to the
first floor of the main school building were completed in 2004, and
now house a large Community Room as well as several therapy offices
which will become classrooms as the school continues to grow. Renovations
to the lower level of the main school building were completed in the
fall of 2005, and now houses the school administration office, classrooms,
music room, arts and crafts room, library, kiln room and photography
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Hearthstone is located in Sperryville, Virginia, at the
foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains and adjacent to the Shenandoah National
Our students are drawn from the surrounding six-county
area of Rappahannock, Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison, Warren and Page.
Please call 540-987-9212 or email
for more information or to arrange a visit.
Hearthstone School's mailing address is P.O. Box 247,
Sperryville, VA 22740.
Hearthstone welcomes students of every race, color,
gender, religion, ethnicity or national origin.