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Richmond Waldorf School

Private | PK-8 | 134 students

Our school offers the only Waldorf style education in the Richmond area.

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Living in Richmond

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $145,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $800.

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Posted May 24, 2013

My School is Richmond Waldorf School. The student always travel for the end of the year class trips. Great life experience
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2013

Richmond Waldorf is a great place to work. The best part of the school is the children. They are attentive, responsive, fun-loving, and good-natured. It's a joy to work with them every day. As a community of teachers and parents we have our challenges, but that's what keeps us real and keeps us growing. Check out Richmond Waldorf School if you want a truly meaningful education for your child!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 18, 2013

Richmond Waldorf offers truly holistic education. Children are given the skills and confidence to flourish as they move forward in life - they have a deep sense of self and their abilities. My children were well prepared for competitive high schools. Where else can a child learn to play violin and recorder, paint beautifully, engage in woodworking projects, study Russian, take farm and backpacking class trips while mastering academic subjects. Waldorf kids love school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2012

"I like the teachers" "we have a lot of outdoor play" "we do a lot of drawing and painting" "we gather together on Fridays--the whole school-and show what we are working on like plays,music,poems, songs and dances." "I have lots of good friends". From my son in 4th grade We have been at the school since kindergarten
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2012

My oldest son is completing his 8th grade year at RWS having been a student there since he was 4 years old. He has grown into a deep thinker, a prolific reader, he has an inexhaustible interest in science, history and politics and just aced a practice Algebra I SOL. In addition, he has developed skills in the performing and visual arts. Not the most social kid by nature, his Waldorf experience has helped him develop real and lasting connections with classmates and teachers. I am very proud to say that he will be attending a Governor's school for high school next fall. I would say that Waldorf has prepared my son not just for high school, but for life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2012

I cannot imagine a better place to start off an education. Both our daughters have attended Richmond Waldorf and we couldn't be happier with the whole experience. Something we as a society forget that our children need to learn is how to be good humans. Without that, the rest is really very unimportant. Richmond Waldorf is teaching the whole child and starting with the basics that are so often overlooked. It is truly inspiring to witness what a child is capable of when allowed to develop in this kind of environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2012

We started the process of Waldorf for just Kindergarten...then, we could not leave because we saw tangible benefits within our children. They are amazing, well-rounded children, and I attribute it to the reinforcement of what goes on at home in their class. We now have 5 children, and will do everything we can to keep all of them there through 8th grade!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2012

The Richmond Waldorf School is beyond good - it's the best. It's the kind of place that makes you, as a parent, wish you could start all over again in kindergarten and do it yourself. There's magic, energy, and love in this school that you can't find anywhere else. The staff's understanding of the needs of children of every age, the ability to meet them where they are, and the thoughtfulness and care taken with lessons and activities, places the school above the rest. And for the lucky kids going through it - well, it's not "school," as perhaps other children are experiencing "school." This is home, this is discovery, and this is learning at its best. Where else can you see both kindergartners and eighth graders alike racing to the doors, eager to begin a day at school? If you're looking for a unique, loving, personalized approach to learning, check out the Richmond Waldorf School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2012

I love this school. The peace & beauty & love with which my son & the other children are surrounded is something I don't think could be found elsewhere. I also appreciate that the Waldorf teaching method is developmentally appropriate for the children. It meets them where they are. For example, in 8th grade when everyone is rebelling against everything - this is when they study the world's great revolutions. The children are exposed to nature and art and music and mathematics and language constantly in a fully integrated way which is so beautiful - allowing them to learn deeply and thoroughly. Truly I feel that this approach to education, as practiced by the Richmond Waldorf School produces fantastic, giving, bright, and prepared-for-the-future-whatsoever-it-may-hold people. What a better world this would be if everyone was educated in such a fashion.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 23, 2012

Remember the saying, "we share a negative experience ten times but we share our positive experiences only once or twice?" That saying came to mind as I skimmed these reviews. Each parent writing here is an active force for good in their child's lives. Different schools meet the needs of different children. It is sad whenever a family's first choice of school does not live up to expectations. Even more sad is that parents continue to question other parent's decisions about how to educate their own children. My son has loved his RWS experience. And I was surprised to receive calls from private middle schools asking us to apply. Maybe that has something to do wtih the smaller upper grades? In any case more good than bad is being created at Richmond Waldorf School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 13, 2011

We had a terrible experience with this school once my child entered the "grades." If its so wonderful, why do so few students stay through eighth grade?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2011

Wonderful, creative, essential, purposeful, active, alive, delightful. Words cannot do justice to what this school provides for it's community. I teach at university and wish all my students had the gift of delight, curiosity, and wonder that these kids have. Young people should love to learn, those kids do!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2011

I am very happy with my children's experience at Waldorf. I took my daughter out of public school because I was not happy there and neither was she. She has told me many times how much she loves attending Waldorf. My son is in kindergarden and it is a magical place with very loving teachers. I feel like I am part of a community of like minded people and that is important to me.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2008

My daughter attends kindergarten at Waldorf and we have been very pleased with our experience. We like the school's holistic approach to learning. We choose it because we were not happy with the other options that seemed to push inappropriate curriculum down to the younger grades.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2007

The website states that they teach the whole child. However, in my experience, they are not taught the basics enough to transfer at grade level to another school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2006

Our family was a part of this school cmmunity until my son compleated the 5th grade. I cannott say enough good things about it. My son was not only 'taught' he was nurtured, celebrated and guided to his full potential. He is not only academically advanced but he knows himself and the world around him. This school teaches children to respect each other and themselves. They teach community, care of the environment, love of learning, compassion and leadership. The teachers actually know and love your child. If you are un-farmiliar with Waldorf education, please do some research. The school is very non-judgemental and welcomes diversity. If you are lucky enough to have a Wadorf school in your community then you would be doing your child and yourself a dis-service to not look into it. No one else does what they do! They truly support the entire family.
—Submitted by a parent


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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Industrial shop

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Garden/Greenhouse
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 5:30 p.m.
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 2 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • AWSNA
Fax number
  • (804) 377-8027

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
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Science
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Industrial shop
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Established in 1996, Richmond Waldorf School is a not-for-profit, non-sectarian independent school for children age 18 months through eighth grade. It is one of over 1,200 Waldorf schools world-wide which offer a holistic, inspired approach to education that cultivates a life-long love of learning.
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Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$5000 - $12000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
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1000 Westover Hills Blvd
Richmond, VA 23225
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Phone: (804) 377-8024

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