"Our school is best known for inspiring a life-long love of learning."
Students enrolled 130
Hours 8:30 AM - 3:15 PM
School leader LINDA BROOKS
Transportation options None
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2555 Burns Ave
Detroit, MI 48214

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5 stars
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April 25, 2014
Every child should have the opportunity to attend the Detroit Waldorf School and every parent should have the opportunity to learn from the superb faculty and staff at this fine institution. It is, hands down, the best environment to nurture a child and prepare them for a happy, healthy and productive life. My daughter attended a Waldorf pre-school program and then all eight grades at DWS. She learned to work well with others while being encouraged to develop her own unique talents and gifts. Today she is a thriving adult and we both credit her success in life to the foundation she received at the Detroit Waldorf School.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2014
Enrolling my child in Detroit Waldorf School was a great move! From the moment I took the tour it felt like home. The staff are very knowledgeable, proficient and helpful. I love the school structure. I like concept of focusing on the child as a whole and not just academics. My child is actually being challenged. My child is no longer bored in the classroom. I like the notion of "free thinking". My child thinks outside the box and it good to know that she's in great company.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2014
The curriculum offered at DWS is spot on, it appropriately meets children at their developmental stages of growth. Teachers see the each child for the gifts they offer and where each child may individually struggle with a subject area, the children are lifted up to improve their area of struggle rather than treated as deficient for their challenges. These are the values that drew me to the school and are reaffirmed every day. I have seen tremendous growth in my own daughter as a result of the commitment to these values and am happy there is a curriculum offered in this city that drowns out metrics for a successful school and focuses on what will make each individual child successful in their education and their future.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2014
DWS honors childhood while simultaneously preparing our children to think critically, broadly and mindfully about our world and their place in it. Our experience with every teacher, staff member and administrator has left us feeling positive and energized about the experience our children are receiving through their DWS experience.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2014
Teachers at Detroit Waldorf are committed to each and every student. Each child is treated as an individual with unique characteristics to be nurtured to allow the child to learn and grow to his highest potential. The curriculum is not based on tests and multiple choice, but rather on developing skills and talents. My son is thriving as a student at DWS.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2014
I owe most everything in my life to my Waldorf Education. There is no better place to learn, grow and become who you are meant to be than at the Detroit Waldorf School. It is because of the education that I received there that I was able to achieve in higher education, up to the Graduate School Level. I am grateful everyday that my parent's choose Detroit Waldorf.

- submitted by a community member
April 11, 2014
Don't let standardized test determine your child's future. If you're looking for a school that will nurture your child's developmental, emotional, physical, and spiritual growth, then look no further! Detroit Waldorf will ignite your child's initiate love of learning through play, music, a rich curriculum, hand crafts and the arts while simultaneously instilling hard work, persistence, compassion, respect for others and themselves.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2014
We searched for a school, actually our oldest was enrolled at 4 different schools when we had to make our decision. We drive past many other school on our morning commute to Detroit Waldorf, but it is worth it. The teachers are amazing. They are caring and warm, treating every child as family. My kids are happy and excited to go to school. They are making great friends and are genuinely enthusiastic about learning. We are so happy there.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2013
My son attended this school for9 years. Overall the school is great. A lot of exposure to the arts and performance. Small class sizes and a lot of individual attention. I believe the k-5 part of the school is phenomenal. However, the middle school needs certified teachers in content areas. The students also need more assessments and standardized testing to better prepare them for high school. My son left Waldorf educated, caring, respectful with a love and respect for nature.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2012
My son was attending Kindergarten elsewhere when I attended the orientation at DWS. I looked into Waldorf, as well as various public, private, and charter schools in hopes of finding a school that better fit the needs of my child. I recall the sense of relief I felt when I attended the DWS orientation / tour and learned more about the Waldorf philosophy; and my amazement when I saw the impressive work produced by the students. I was in awe when DWS requested to assess my son for a week before deciding which grade to place him in. I had finally found a school that wanted to know who my child was and what he was capable of before placing expectations on him. I cannot imagine a better educational model than the one we have found at DWS, which takes my child's intellectual, emotional, and physical needs and abilities into consideration, and provides the freedom and structure necessary for him to thrive. I could never express in words how much I value the peace of mind that comes from the confidence I have in the education my son receives at Detroit Waldorf School.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2010
We have two children in the lower grades at DWS and cannot imagine sending them anywhere else. We love the diversity, the strong sense of community, small class sizes, challenging curriculum -- and the fact that Waldorf teaches kids how to THINK and CREATE. The tuition is in line with other independent, private schools. Also, be advised that the rating for "principal leadership" isn't really applicable to a Waldorf school, as it it guided by a team of faculty and administrators.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 12, 2010
We love the community, the commitment to each individual within the community, and how each child is valued for the unique qualities and contributions. A wonderful education.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2010
As for extracurrricular activites, as a parent I feel the neccesary tools and subjects are not emphasize enough on preparing the children towards higher education (high school), such as Math, Reading, Science and American History instead of so much Mid- Evil History. Too much emphasis foucus on Nature.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2009
A true sense of community; a top education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2008
I can honestly say you can not find a better education. The Waldorf education is unique, hands on and works not only with the child but the entire family. If you are going to go private Waldorf is your answer. The teachers are fantastic and truly love children, their job and fit. Waldorf is your choice for an excellect education.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2005
Truly excellent school; small class size allows excellent personal attention, however very small classes can be socially limiting. The curriculum is designed for producing thinking, creative children, not just memorization-droids. Although we moved away, my child who attended for most of her elementary is now reading three grades ahead of her level at her new school. The school is rather expensive, however; and their unique style requires a committment at least until 4-5th grade otherwise your child's development will be very out of step with mainstream schools. If you can afford to go through the 8th, you won't be disappointed by your child's academic development. Re: Principal leadership - not applicable here because the school is run by concensus of the staff; there is rotating leadership role but there is no principal.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2005
I've had two kids spend time at this wonderful school. Its hard to describe the atmosphere here; but its just seems like the kids are really happy and having a good time. The philosophy can be a little hard to take, expecially for those of us of the 'type -A' breed - but its definitely worth giving it a try. My son who has been out of Waldorf for several years, still excells in all his subjects - and I give this school all the credit for his creativity and open-mindedness.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2003
I am actually not a parent, I am a student who just recently graduated from the school. I could not ever be able to stop raving about this school because it is such an amazing place. It is, in a sense, a safe, sheltered haven where creativity, compassion, personal discipline and every other good quality imaginable are not only taught, but thrive. I consider myself a better person after attending this fine institution.

- submitted by a community member
December 05, 2003
This school has worked within its very special philosophy, to help my child improve in the areas where she needed extra help, while celebrating her strengths giving her that all important self esteem. Waldorf offers more than an education, it offers a community where your child as well as the rest of your family can learn and grow in a web of support and dedication. It's truly a wonder. I can't recommend it enough.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2003
DWS is a unique school among Waldorf schools, and Waldorf schools are remarkable places where the curriculum is very well thought out, integrated within each year and through the years, and designed with a perceptive understanding of the developmental needs of children. My children have thrived at DWS, a gift within the metropolitan Detroit community, and carry with them a natural, confident love of learning.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
Detroit Waldorf Schools is a God send for educating children through developing strong academic minds, developing and enhancing artistic talents, and nurturing a strong sense of moral conscience. I have 4 children in the school. Each has his/her own intersts and personality. The teaching staff and school adminstrators are great. Because of the quaint settings and small class to teacher ratio, they are able to provide the attention every child needs to flourish. Most students upon graduting are accepted at their 1st choice schools. Great at preparing young students for tomorrow's world.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2003
Detroit Waldorf is a very wonderful school.At Waldorf childern are aloud to find themselfs through painting, music,theater,and other learning styls. I would recamend Detroit Waldorf to any parent who cares for their child as much as I do.

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Detroit Waldorf School offers a developmentally appropriate, balanced approach to education that skillfully integrates the arts and academics for children from preschool through eighth grade. Our mission is to enable students to realize their unique potential and to prepare them for creative, critical thinking and individual initiative for high school and beyond. Our curriculum includes foreign language, fine and practical arts, music, science, social studies, language arts, and mathematics.

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Detroit Waldorf School
2555 Burns Ave, Detroit, MI  48214
(313) 822-0300
Last modified Detroit Waldorf School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Detroit Waldorf School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 24 reviews.