General Educational Resources and Links
Raphael Academy’s adapted Waldorf curriculum offers a hands-on, experiential approach to education designed to enhance the physical, intellectual, and emotional development of our students. Our holistic approach to education incorporates movement, rhythm, and gross and fine motor activities throughout the day so that students have opportunities to practice and integrate these essential building blocks for greater academic success.
Our curriculum is based on the Waldorf curriculum and is adapted to suit the needs of students that require a more practice-oriented approach to learning. In addition to Main Lesson instruction, our students receive daily individualized Ability Group instruction in both math and reading.
Raphael Academy uses an adapted Waldorf curriculum to ensure that students receive a practical education that is both comprehensive and individually tailored to each student’s skillset. Follow the link to learn more about Waldorf Education in general and to read more about the Association of Waldorf School of North America (AWSNA).
The Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention System (LLI) is an intensive, small-group, supplementary literacy intervention for students who find reading and writing difficult. The goal of LLI is to lift the literacy achievement of students who are not achieving grade-level expectations in reading.
The Strategies for Teaching based on Autism Research (STAR) Program uses Applied Behavioral Analysis techniques to help students with autism learn critical, life-long skills. Raphael Academy uses STAR Program strategies with our Kindergarten and 1st Grade students.
For parents trying to figure out if a Waldorf or Montessori education would be best for their children, this site lays out the main differences between the two curricula. Raphael Academy uses a Waldorf-inspired approach to ensure that students receive a thorough academic education that recognizes their unique needs, develops their social and motor skills, and nurtures their emotional and spiritual well-being.
In this video, Waldorf early childhood educator Sara Baldwin explains why fairy tales are an important part of a child’s emotional and spiritual education. Teachers have the flexibility to choose stories from all over the world and across all cultures to bring content that supports a child’s understanding of right and wrong.
Waldorf teacher Sara Baldwin discusses in this video how regular movement and rhythm routines can benefit children.
The Camphill Association of North America has been committed for over eight decades to providing vocational, psychological, and spiritual support to individuals of all ages and abilities. Raphael Village is the first and currently only Affiliate Member of the Camphill Association in the southeast part of the U.S.
The Camphill School, located in Glenmoore, Pennsylvania, is the only K–12 residential program for children in North America. The Camphill school serves as Raphael Academy’s mentor; a relationship that is part of the Camphill Association of North America’s membership process.