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Special Needs School in Chester County, PA

Camphill Special School:
Camphill Special School is a non-profit private Waldorf school located in Glenmoore, Chester County, PA. We offer residential and day academic and prevocational programs, as well as therapeutic care, for children and youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities in kindergarten through grade twelve. We also offer a Transition Program for young people aged eighteen to twenty-one which prepares them for adult life.

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Our students have disabilities that may include, but are not restricted to, mental retardation (MR), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD), Down Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), Fragile X Syndrome, Williams Syndrome, and other syndromes associated with intellectual disability.

Courses / Programs:

Photo of Special Needs School in Chester County, PAWe offer K-12 education for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities:

- Kindergarten
- Elementary School
- Middle School
- High School
- Transition Program for young adults (18 - 21)

Waldorf Education:
Waldorf teachers, inspired by anthroposophy’s core idea that every person consists of a “body, soul, and eternal spirit,” help children to relate what they learn intellectually to their emotions and to their will. Waldorf class teachers continue with a class from one year to the next throughout the elementary and middle school grades. Other teachers may be responsible for special subjects, but close relationships develop between class teachers and students, providing a kind of consistency and stability that is rare in other settings.

In a Waldorf School, dramatic, visual, musical, and movement arts, along with practical skills such as woodworking, weaving, sewing, and gardening, are integrated with traditional academic subjects.

Our Mission:

Image of Special Needs School in Chester County, PACamphill Special School’s mission is to create wholeness for children and youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities through education and therapy in extended family living so that they may be better understood and their disabilities moderated, that they may more fully unfold their potential, and that they more fully and meaningfully participate in life.

Accreditation:
Camphill Special School is part of the worldwide Camphill Movement and the only Camphill community in North America for children, as well as the only Waldorf school in the country for children with developmental and intellectual disabilities. We are accedited by the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA).

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Address: 1784 Fairview Road, Glenmoore, Chester County, Pennsylvania , USA