The Rudolf Steiner School of Origlio has been present in the Ticino area fro over 40 years. The school was established with a VI class in February 1977. Firstly the school was located in via Montarina and then later at the Hotel Adler where the school was completed with additions including a nursery school, a complete elementary school including a middle school and finally in 1986 a superior school was also added.
With an influx of students into the school, the Rudolf Steiner Association of Friends of Pedagogy, set up by the schools founders, went in search of a new structure and purchased “Villa Bircher” in Origlio. A very ambitious renovation and expansion project was undertaken. It was authorised in 1990.
While waiting for the approval of the final plans for the villa to be transformed into a school building, the school was temporarily functional in Bioggio in an industrial complex. The industrial building was transformed into a useable space thanks to the hard work and dedication of parents and teachers.
The renovation of the “Villa Bircher” in Origlio was inspired by the organic architecture theorised by Rudolf Steiner. The fully renovated and expanded school structure including beautiful gardens and a large park was inaugurated in 1992.
Very soon the school required further expansion and for the three separate nursery sections. Construction began on a new building in 2009. The project saw both the incorporation of all of the principals of child care and protection applied both in the choice of materials used and and environments designed.
The Rudolf Steiner school in Origlio now offers and educational path that starts from nursery school ending with high school, all founded on the pedagogy of Rudolf Steiner. The conclusion of the school cycle takes place with the attainment of international maturity.
As of 2016 The Rudolf Steiner school Origlio is currently owned and managed by the Association of friends of Pedagogy, a new non profit association composed of teachers and parents of the school. The name of the group is called the “Steiner School Association of Origlio”.
The school is associated with the other Waldorf-Steiner schools in Switzerland via the ARGE (ARbeitsGEmeinschaft – Swiss Steiner School Work Community). This association acts as coordinator and supervisor for the main organisational, management and pedagogical issues leaving each school to be run with it own independence.