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Seattle Waldorf School

Private | PK-12 & ungraded | 356 students

Our school is best know for strong academics integrated with arts.

 
 

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Posted yesterday

What an amazing way to learn. My kids skip rope to their times tables, learn about physics from candles lit in a pitch black room, paint, dance and draw. They go outside in the rain, both my big kids and my little one. During school they work hard and come home tired. Their teachers engage with us on a regular basis about our children's learning. These teachers watch, teach and care.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2012

The experience your child has in a Waldorf school is dependent on who they have as a teacher, because teachers stay with the class. If you are going to have a new teacher I would reccommend doing as much information gathering as you can. Even if you get a strong teacher be prepared to pay for additional tutoring because they cannot deal with learning differences. The school is ideologically rigid about believing that learning disabilities are developmental. Parents who advocate for their children are discouraged or ignored. I have never been treated so disrespectfully as a parent. There are many beautiful things about the curriculum but the program is not very academic, behavior problems and bullying are prevalentt, and there was more media influence than there was at our neighborhood public school. I wonder if Waldorf isn't best for girls, and those girls who would do well anywhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2012

I attended the Seattle Waldorf School from kindergarten through 8th grade. While I received an interesting education, much of Waldorf is teacher dependent (in Waldorf, a teacher takes a class from 1st to 8th grade). From 1st to 5th grade, my teacher was less than spectacular, and as a result I did not know how to read until after 5th grade, when my parents paid for a tutor. After 8th grade I left the school to attend a public high school, where I received a very hands-on education. Waldorf will not teach children to take tests, and is very clannish. They advertise themselves by putting-down other schools, calling them "materialistic"and "not student-oriented" which is very frustrating and hurtful to those who leave for financial or personal reasons. There are some teachers at the school who were fantastic; Janet Lia, Wim Gottenbos, Marry and Kelly and Elaine Klansnic. The Language program is a joke. I cannot stress how amazing the kindergarten program is, but if I were a parent, I would only send my child to Waldorf through 3rd grade; while not an ideal merit assessment, children do need to know how to take tests (assuming they go to an accredited university).


Posted May 4, 2010

This school has a wonderful Kindergarten. My children have enjoyed every minute of it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2009

The curriculum is awesome, the teachers are great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2009

I've been a parent at SWS for over 10 years. I am the proud parent of a high school graduate, high school sophomore and eighth grader. SWS is a school that nurtures the whole child while at the same time providing a rich and comprehensive curriculum that creates life long learners. I'm so proud that my children have been to attend SWS and I'm grateful for the community that is provides for our family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2008

My child attends the preschool and enjoys it very much. The preschool has such a warm, inviting and friendly environment that a child cannot help but feel welcome. Every week they back buns and the children help with the dough making process. Every day there is 45 mins spent outside - rain or shine which is great for the mind, body and soul. I would highly recommend this preschool.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2008

If you want your child to be encouraged in their artistic, spiritual, physical, social, emotional, and intellectual capabilities, this this the place for them. A remarkable program led by remarkable teachers. This is truly education at its finest. My son has developed into amazing young adult and my daughter is an amazing teen. Don't settle for less than an exceptional education. Send your children to Seattle Waldorf. It's worth every penny.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2007

If you can afford to give your child the best and are willing to provide a creative loving media free home environment - the people at this school will help your children develop to their potential, thinking responsibly and independently. I am constantly amazed by the accomplishments of the students and classes as a whole at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2007

This school has provided my family with a rich understanding of childhood learning and development. The lessons are each thoughtfully prepared and presented with intention, beauty and soul. I believed that the perceived lack of extracurricular activities is in error as the everyday lessons are weaved with that which other schools consider extras (dance, various art media, musical instruments, multiple languages, drama, athletic skill building). Most remarkable is the devotion and loving focus of the teachers, who move through the eight grades with your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2006

Great hands on learning experience that addresses multiple intelligences when presenting material. Rich in visual arts and music. Lots of language arts, cultures of the world. Age appropriate material that recognizes that childhood is a journey not a race.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2006

I value Seattle Waldorf Schools focus on the individual needs of the child and its efforts to educate our children to be balanced human beings. Also I appreciate the Schools efforts to foster an appreciation of the true,the good and the beautiful in the world and in themselves.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2006

A wonderful community where your child's development counts! Your child learns to think outside the box, through an imaginative approach of the lesson content. It is a school where the HAND is the other brain of the human being.
—Submitted by a teacher


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 92% 60%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 7%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Two or more races 2% 6%
Black 1% 5%
Hispanic 1% 20%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Waldorf preschool
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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)

School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Industrial shop

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse

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
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Tracy Bennett
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
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
  • Waldorf
Associations
  • AWSNA
Fax number
  • (206) 523-3920

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

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  • 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
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Industrial shop
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Cross country
  • Ultimate Frisbee
Girls sports
  • Cross country
  • Ultimate Frisbee

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
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What are your chances?

Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
150
Students typically come from these schools
Waldorf preschool

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$4000 - $19000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

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College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
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2728 NE 100th St
Seattle, WA 98125
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Phone: (206) 524-5320

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