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Kimberton Waldorf School

Private | PK-12 | 325 students

Our school is best known for its commitment to educating the whole child.

 
 

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2013:
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Posted April 30, 2014

There are few schools that can give what KWS does-- a wonderful education, deep in content including immersion in subjects that create wholeness as integrated with art and activity--teachers who are authentically dedicated and competent, and a chance to be a part of a genuine school community which enriches everyone, including parents.


Posted April 29, 2014

We have 3 kids at Kimberton Waldorf school and it has lived up to all of our expectation and more. We love the Waldorf philosophy, the 425 acres of beautiful farm land, the organic lunch program, the biodynamic garden, the community of parents and teachers, and the beautiful art my kids bring home. This is the school I wish I had gone to.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

Highly recommend this amazing school. I'm an alumni and if I lived in the area, I'd send my children here in a heartbeat. The Waldorf approach to academics, as well as it's focus on so many other important areas of learning and life is inspiring and just so right. A+++


Posted April 25, 2014

I graduated from Kimberton Waldorf School in 1996, went to Oberlin College and majored in chemistry and theater, and then did my Ph.D. in chemistry at MIT. Kimberton has a hands-on and active curriculum. In physics, we didn t only read a book, we went outside a built a pulley system; we got to see it and touch it and realize it ourselves. In chemistry class, we made soap, we made bread. We understood that things are created from chemical reactions. It was alive and interesting, a rich experience. When I first attended Kimberton in second grade, I was a particularly hyperactive child, so recess was critical for me. Recess allowed me to let out all that energy for a half an hour to an hour every day, twice a day, so that I could sit in a classroom and concentrate. I also benefited very much from the emphasis Kimberton education places on developing well-rounded individuals. By requiring all children to play sports, a musical instrument, sing, act, dance, paint, sculpt, knit, do woodworking, etc., on top of a very interesting and creative approach to academics, I was never bored at school and looked forward to going every morning.


Posted April 17, 2014

My daughter will be finishing up Kindergarten soon, and she has had a great year. She has been baking, finger-knitting, sewing, painting, singing, dancing, and even sledding this winter. She has had a lot of free play, especially outdoor play, which is so important for a six-year-old. The teachers are wonderful. My daughter is looking forward to entering the lower school next year, to the class play, learning languages, math, drawing, gardening, farming and all the other exciting things planned. I have two other children who will be entering the Kindergarten soon, and I am so grateful they will have this special place to go to every morning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2014

Kimberton Waldorf school is a place where children learn to grow up, and receive a truly unique education. It's like a true liberal arts degree, nurturing the whole child and stimulating the type of creativity and passion for knowledge and excellence that leads to successful lives and careers. I am an alumna, and am planning to send my child to a Waldorf/Steiner school.


Posted April 8, 2014

Kimberton Waldorf School offers a phenomenal education for children that encompasses all areas of learning. Children learn from a hands-on, experiential approach with classes that include woodwork, handwork, and gardening. Our family loves this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2014

My school teaches children in a loving and developmentally appropriate way using the senses through all forms of art to build a confident, well balanced, curious, multitalented individual.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2014

My son is a senior and has been at Kimberton since kindergarten. Kindergarten was truly a delightful experience for us all, and through parent education, we learned how to create a truly nurturing daily routine suitable for the young child that did not include mind numbing media (tv, radio, Internet) and electronics. Grades one through eight were sweet and satisfactory. The rigor of the high school is challenging and it takes time for some to make the transistion from middle school. The school is not really set up for children with intense learning challenges. Teachers are demanding and good grades are not given without serious effort by the students. While it's not a perfect fit for evyone, this liberal arts education is very special, and one that strives to empower students to suceed in college and in life. A graduate has the confidence to meet the world head on with a creative and postitive spirit. I highly recommend a visit.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2013

This school seems to be going through an identity crisis. It is either so rooted in Steiner and not able to open up to what our changing world and children need or it is trying to match up to it's private school neighbors. The way in which this school is lead is disheartening, there is a core (senior) members whom will support themselves even if it means being deceitful and untruthful. Yes, it sits on an amazing campus. But if one looks beyond the cows, hills and land you will find that this school lacks in so much. As for the teachers there are teachers at KWS that continue to bully, shame, judge, and label children. This school is very far from teaching from head, heart and hand. There is no place for a child to go or parent to go to address any concerns. Basically there is no parent voice. And, if your child has any kind of difficulty then for get it, this school is not skilled in supporting any kind of learning or behavioral challenges . KWS is very good at wowing you in and looking wonderful, but truly it is not at all an education worth paying for or subjecting your child too.


Posted December 13, 2013

I moved back to Chester County specifically so that my daughter could enroll at Kimberton Waldorf School. She's in the early childhood program now, but I love that Kimberton covers the full spectrum of child development, from 18 months through 18 years. I also love that the teachers and staff are so dedicated to letting a child's life unfold naturally and COMPLETELY. Where else could you find such a strong academic curriculum interlaced with such strong artistic and practical curricula? I look forward to my daughter experiencing thermal physics, gardening and food preservation, Norse Mythology, blacksmithing and woodworking, German language and culture, creating conic sections out of clay, canoeing and hiking several miles a day (not to mention having gourmet meals prepared by the campfire) on the Odyssey Trip, world history, knitting and felting... I could go on and on. I am so in love with Kimberton Waldorf School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2013

My daughter goes to this school and I love it. The teachers are wonderful, care about the children and are fully committed to helping them succeed. I couldn't ask for anything more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2013

As a Parent of two graduates, and a continuing participant in the life of KWS, I continue to be impressed with the breadth of interests and ability to think shown by students who go to school here. Teachers are engaged and knowledgeable in their areas and bring education in a way just beginning to be supported by current brain research. A wonderful education for the whole person, heart, head and hands.


Posted January 20, 2013

Sending my children to Kimberton was the best investment I ever made. My children are recent graduates and loved the high school and their teachers and remark to me how grateful they are to them for their broad-ranging education. They have even emailed notes of thanks to them. Their college professors have singled them out as outstanding thinkers and exceptional writers, and written remarkable recommendations and references. I was pleased at their interest in subjects outside their majors and their continuing interest in culture, the arts and great books. Kimberton taught them how to think!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2013

We have been sending our children here for 14 years and are getting ready to withdraw. The once wonderful high school has deteriorated drastically in recent years, due largely to financial challenges and a resulting diminished curriculum, faculty morale issues, and hiring of newer teachers who are both uninspiring to young people and uninformed about Waldorf pedagogy. Retention issues have resulted in seats being filled with part-year foreign students, some on exchange and some visiting. Lots of students are always coming and going. It is heartbreaking for me to say "Beware."
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2009

My daughter has been going to KWS for 3 years. The best decision we ever made. It is a warm, inviting and nurturing environment, setup to allow the child to develop in a natural way, not force fed like today's institutions.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 13, 2008

My daughter is in second grade and we currently drive her from Reading (about 45 minutes) everyday. I think Waldorf schools are among the best and from what I understand KWS is the second oldest in the country (NYC being the oldest).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2008

Both my Children attended Kimberton Waldorf. It afforded them an exceptional education with many important experiences most schools no adays ignore! Best choice I ever made
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2007

Early elementary children take in the world primarily through images and feelings, so for these ages teachers recite vivid stories and present the curriculum poetically rather than through dry textbook facts. Young children learn through movement, imitation and play, so the teacher leads the class through numerous games, dances and exercises (such as counting or reciting poems while clapping or marching) and introduces them to a unique form of expressive movement, eurhythmy. At all stages, imagination and artistic expression are cultivated to the fullest extent possible.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 93% 71%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Black 3% 15%
Hispanic 1% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 4-year college 95% (2013)
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gardening teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
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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
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Science
Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Industrial shop
  • Science lab
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Electrical
  • Engineering
Visual arts
  • Architecture

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • German
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:15 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Kevin Hughes
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Visit our website: www.kimberton.org
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • Infant
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Boarding options
  • Some boarding, some day
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NAIS

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Classical (e.g., focuses on the "classics")
  • College prep
  • Direct instruction
  • Hybrid
  • Internships
  • Outdoor / Farm-based
  • Project-based
  • Teacher-run
  • Waldorf
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Environmental
  • Foreign languages
  • Global
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Science
  • Service learning
  • Social justice
  • Visual arts
  • Vocational education
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
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
  • German
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Agriculture
  • Business management
  • Construction / building
  • Culinary
  • Electrical
  • Engineering
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
Transportation options
  • Local school district busing
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • 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
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • At Kimberton Waldorf School, we provide a rich academic curriculum taught through the prism of creative thinking. The reason is simple. Mathematics requires creative problem-solving skills. Physics requires creative problem-solving skills. And creating a sustainable future certainly requires creative problem-solving skills. The key to nurturing the capacities of a developing mind is inspiration.
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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$2000 - $20000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships

Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
SAT/ACT prep classes
College presentations or information sessions
College prep programs/courses during the year
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
4 year college - 95%
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410 W Seven Stars Rd
Phoenixville, PA 19460
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Phone: (610) 933-3635

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