In May of 1987, the first event that would result in the formation of Aurora Waldorf School took place: a Waldorf Kindergarten teacher published an article on Waldorf education in the local newspaper. A small group of parents began to study together the philosophy of this innovative way of teaching, and in the spring of 1990, formed the Waldorf School Initiative of Western New York.
Enthusiasm for this new school initiative grew quickly, invigorated by visiting master teachers from all over North America, experts in the field of Waldorf education. Just one year later, on the top floor of a rented church/school building in Orchard Park, 14 Kindergartners, 12 Grade One students, and their teachers celebrated the grand opening of Aurora Waldorf School on September 4, 1991.
During the summer months of 1992, a new site for the school became available in the West Falls Elementary School building, our current location. Amid rolling hills, woods, and open fields, with large sunlit classrooms, a gymnasium, and an auditorium, the site satisfied virtually all of the school's needs, and the decision was made to move to this new location.
Since 1991, Aurora Waldorf School has steadily increased enrollment to more than 200 students in preschool through eighth grade, supported by a faculty of over thirty dedicated teachers. Along with a committed Board of Trustees, active parents and friends support the school with fund raising activities as well as other educational and social events for school families and members of the broader community.