“Therefore we will structure the school not governmentally, but administratively, and manage it in a republican manner. In a true teachers’ republic, we will not be able to lean back and rest on the directives of a headmaster; we will have to bring to bear what gives each of us the possibility to take full responsibility for what we have to do. Each must be fully responsible. The role of the headmaster will be replaced by this preparatory seminar in which we will work to acquire the spirit that will unite the school. If we work hard, this seminar will engender in us our spirit of unity.” – Rudolf Steiner
Summerfield has, since its inception, upheld the practice of self-governance, or being a ‘teachers’ republic’. In 2016-17 the College of Teachers and Board of Directors led a process in which Summerfield renewed our commitment to being a teacher-led school.
The College of Teachers is a body of faculty and staff who study the philosophical underpinnings of Waldorf pedagogy based on the work of Rudolf Steiner. The College is charged with the oversight and teacher development of the pedagogy of the whole school. Collegial support and development is also the purview of the College. The College serves as a consultative body to the Governance Council and Board of Directors. New College members are invited by standing College members and consensus agreement.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is responsible for the legal and financial aspects of Summerfield. Specifically, the Board focuses on long-range planning, strategic development, and fundraising. Day-to-day management of the school is mandated to Governance Council and Section Core Groups. The Board meets the third Monday of each month, and meetings are public. There is an annual Corporation meeting in May. Visit the Parent Portal for a listing of Board Members.
The Governance Council
The Governance Council (GC)was created as a mandated management team through the combined efforts of the College and Board. Comprised of individuals with both insight into the educational life of a Waldorf school and proven skills in business management and organizational development, the Council is responsible for overseeing, coordinating and finalizing decisions in all matters concerning the day-to-day administrative and educational life of the school. In addition, the members of the Council have been requested to take a proactive stance on all matters concerning the short-, middle- and long-term development of the school. Visit the Parent Portal for a listing of Governance Council Members.
The Three School Sections
Each section of the school (Early Childhood, Lower School and High School) is overseen by a Core Group of experienced faculty that manages the administrative needs of that section.