From Sunday through Wednesday of this week, I visited a Waldorf school in the Los Angeles area. I was assigned by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) to be part of a team of people chosen to evaluate the school for the quality of its program, commitment to the growth and development of its students, and ability and willingness to improve and move on into the future.
I have been on five accreditation teams, and have learned a great deal from each experience, this time even more so. Although a well-established school of 60 years, it had recently gone through significant change at both the administrative and faculty levels. The need for change – and change itself - is always difficult for an institution, but in this case it was nearly calamitous. Fortunately, this Waldorf community pulled through, regrouped, and is now re-energized and reorganized, confident in its mission, and eager to embrace each moment as it moves forward.
No matter what, change is inevitable. It is a testament to all who have been and still are involved at Warren-Walker School that we are celebrating 85 years. My recent WASC Visiting Team experience underscores for me that commitment to our cause and resilience are truly what fuels our strength as an institution. May there be another 85 great years of Legacy, Spirit, and Promise for Warren-Walker School. GO GULLS!