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Alabama Waldorf School

Private | PK-8 | 132 students

We use the Waldorf curriculum to teach strong academics enlivened by the arts.
 
 

 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $141,100. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $660.

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Posted April 23, 2013

Alabama Waldorf School is a Nursery-Grade 8 school serving parents regardless of denomination, socioeconomic status, race, gender, marital status or sexual orientation. We utilize a proven 95-year-old curriculum that educates the child's heart and hands as well as his/her head. With subjects like Russian, Spanish, Music, Handwork and Movement complimenting History, Language Arts, Math, Science, and Geography, AWS appeals to many different types of people. Our parents come from the neighborhoods around our school (Forest Park, Crestwood, Avondale), UAB, Homewood, Hoover, Vestavia, Liberty Park, even as far away as Verbena! Our faculty members receive special Waldorf trainings and work in a collegial environment to deliver a quality education on academic and social levels to enrolled children. Due to parent demand, we also offer a camp-like summer program based on fairy tales from around the world and open to students aged 2.5 to rising 3rd grade. Tours are the best way to see what a Waldorf school really is and how it differs from other educational alternatives. Please come any Tuesday at 9 for an hour to see Waldorf in action!

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Posted June 18, 2013

I love this school. All three of my daughters have attended (oldest at JCIB, younger two current). AWS offers a unique educational experience that has allowed my daughters to blossom into the highly capable young women they are today. Waldorf education specializes in teaching young people to become whole human beings. This has been made greatly apparent in our experience with my oldest daughter who is now a junior at JCIB. She is a highly capable young woman more than up to the academic demands of an accelerated high school. She is also her own person, able to make her own decisions and amazingly free of the angst and peer pressure so common among teenagers. I lay the credit for this on her preK-8 education at Alabama Waldorf School.
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Posted September 5, 2012

My son went to school at AWS for the 2011-2012 school year. I really love the school. In fact, I ended up volunteering to be a room parent. When you see a school like AWS giving your child 100% of their attention and time, it makes you want to contribute as much as possible. That is why the parent involvement rate a AWS is higher than most schools. My son truly benefitted from the educational, artistic and social experiences he got at AWS. Our favorite day was the field trip to the Old Baker Farm...and it also doubled as great "scrapbook" material for sure. This is a great community (and a nationally recognized educational program) that offers an excellent educational opportunity for our youngsters right here in Birmingham. At AWS, children get to broaden their global horizons right in the classroom. As a parent and a professional, educational success and advancement are priorities for my family. I believe AWS starts kids off on the right path so that they WANT to learn more about the world around them. In addition to the great hands-on educational environment at AWS, my son made lifelong friends, which was great for his esteem and social development.
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Posted July 24, 2012

I can't say enough good about the Alabama Waldorf School. I have a 5 year old who just finished her first year at AWS. She is smart, strong willed and quick tempered. She's been in daycare / preschool at some very notable private schools in town. The staff and the environment at AWS is truly unique. They have taken their time to learn who she is as a person and help her learn how to harness her fiery personality. Her bond with her teachers and the nurturing classroom environment enables her to focus, grow and learn. She returns home at the end of the day proud of her accomplishments and at peace with her world.
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Posted February 22, 2012

We have a 1st grader and a Kindergartner at AWS. I can't imagine them anywhere else. In a time where children are pushed too far too fast, AWS nurtures them. A Waldorf curriculum has a deep structure and works to lay a strong educational foundation. It doesn't skip over the top of subjects or introduce subjects too early. The arts are used to engage the whole child and the child's whole brain. Detractors say Waldorf teaches reading late. They don't seem to realize the emphasis placed on listening comprehension and rich language, which you need to become a fluent, life long reader. My 1st grader can remember and tell long, beautifully told stories because he has been taught to value rich language and narrative. Because of this, reading is coming easily to him, and he craves story and language. He is also learning two contrasting languages, Spanish & Russian, both taught by native speakers. He now spontaneously sings songs in both languages. He also talks enthusiastically about math lessons from the day & has started asking deeper questions about math. It is not a dry subject at our school & so he gets it that there is mystery and power in math. . (I've run out of space. :)
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Posted December 19, 2008

this is a awesome school very balance and real. your child get treated as a person more than a student.
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 64% 58%
Black 18% 34%
Hispanic 9% 5%
Two or more races 3% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Best Private School in Birmingham (2012)
  • Best Private School in Birmingham (2011)
  • Best Preschool in Birmingham (2011)
Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • Auntie Litter Award (2010)
  • Auntie Litter Award (2009)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
Clubs
  • Gardening

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Clubs
  • Student newspaper

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
Clubs
  • Gardening
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:15 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Lisa Grupe, Ph.D.
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Come for a Tuesday Tour at 9am!
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • AWSNA
Fax number
  • (205) 592-0581

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Waldorf
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Foreign languages
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • Russian
  • Spanish
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Remediation
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Jones Valley Urban Farm
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Specialized Movement Education
Girls sports
  • Specialized Movement Education

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Book/reading club
  • Gardening
  • Student newspaper
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School culture

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Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
More from this school
  • Alabama Waldorf School is very community-oriented with a place for parents as well as children. The curriculum is established and proven, so time is spent with and on the students and not trying to determine what will be taught when. Students gain a sense of place and purpose as well as being taught lessons in everything from science and math to creative writing and handwork. It's a remarkable place. Come see us. Tours are given every Tuesday from 9-10am.
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What are your chances?


9 out of 10students were accepted for the 2011-2012 school year.


Students accepted for the 2011-2012 school year
74
Applications received for the 2011-2012 school year
80
Students typically come from these schools
Advent
Montessori

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$1000 - $9000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Indian Springs
Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School at Shades Valley
Alabama School of Fine Arts (ASFA)
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1220 50th St S
Birmingham, AL 35222
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Phone: (205) 592-0541

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