The Brooklyn Waldorf School provides an educational experience that meets the needs of each student in a developmentally appropriate manner, integrating critical thinking, emotional intelligence and the arts through the curriculum founded by Rudolf Steiner.
At the Brooklyn Waldorf School, we believe that educating children means creating a nurturing and inspiring place for them to discover themselves and their potential. We offer a rigorous curriculum that balances the intellectual, the artistic and the practical and we pay particular attention to guiding children in an age appropriate manner. At our school, parents, teachers and students commit to becoming part of a larger community dedicated to fostering independent thinkers and adept collaborators who are uniquely prepared for our rapidly changing world.
BWS was founded in Brooklyn in 2005 by a group of parents, their 12 young children and a group of Waldorf graduates who wanted to create a diverse Waldorf school in Brooklyn.
The school was located on St. Felix Street in Fort Greene until 2011, when it moved into its permanent home at 11 Jefferson Avenue.
The History of Claver Castle
St. Peter Claver was a Jesuit priest and the patron saint of slaves. Between 1610–1654, St. Peter Claver lived in Columbia and ministered to thousands of African captives who were sold as slaves.
St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, Brooklyn, founded in 1921 by pastor Rev. Bernard Quinn, was the first Catholic church in Brooklyn established for an African American congregation. The current Peter Claver Church remains an active monument to black Catholic history.
Our building was constructed in 1931 and served as the school and community center of St. Peter Claver Catholic Church until its closure in 1988. The building was used as a community center until it became our home in 2011 and acquired the nickname “Claver Castle.”
Claver Castle was designed by Henry V. Murphy, a Pratt-educated Brooklyn architect. Many of Murphy’s buildings can still be seen, the best known of which are four buildings belonging to St. John’s University in Queens. Murphy’s strong Gothic style interpreted through an Art-Deco lens, used in the construction of our building, is also featured in his Immaculate Heart of Mary Church on Fort Hamilton Parkway in Windsor Terrace.