Our Alumni

Cooper Karisch

Currently I am a senior at Davidson University in North Carolina.

In college, I study economics and the Classics, two subjects I never had a single course in while attending the Waldorf School. To me, this sort of fact is representative of the skills that the school imparts to its graduates: intellectual inquisitiveness, flexible problem-solving and a passion for testing one’s limits. The Waldorf School presents students with such a wide range of topics and such a personal relationship with educators that students are differentiated from their non-Waldorf peers not just by coursework, but by perspective and worldview. A key characteristic of the faculty at AWS is the teachers’ ability to stimulate wonder in students, arousing curiosities that can become lifelong sources of inquiry and fulfillment. In my case, a sixth-grade class on the Romans piqued my interest in Classical language, leading me to pursue the subject formally after I graduated. My education at AWS wasn’t really about the Romans, or Norse myths, or sand-sculpting, or any of the individual subjects that I took, however. It was the critical thinking, creativity, knowledge, and intellectual confidence—the things that transcend the academic— that I found most valuable and unique about AWS.

I have already been offered and accepted a job with UBS in New York working in 
investment banking after I graduate.

“The students seem to all love each other - through the years as they transform from kindergarteners into high school. I am so proud of my Waldorf family”