Aurora Waldorf School

525 West Falls Road
West Falls, NY 14170-0141
Tel: (716)655-2029
Grades: PK-8 | 238 students
Aurora Waldorf (AWS) an independent school celebrating 25 years of Education that Rings True, offers a rigorous curriculum including an outstanding program of movement, arts and practical skills.  AWS is located only minutes from East Aurora and Orchard Park on a 13-acre campus that contains large playing fields, woods, streams, playgrounds and gardens.  AWS is the only private, coeducational and non-sectarian school in the Southtowns that offers education for children from pre-school through 8th grade.
One of over 900 Waldorf schools in 53 countries affiliated with the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America and a NYSAIS member, AWS is located at 525 West Falls Road in the Village of West Falls.  Students come from 14 WNY school districts.
There is bus service for students in the city of Buffalo and northern suburbs.
Distinctive, proven educational methods have made Waldorf the fastest growing independent school movement in the world.
Students at AWS play outdoors and indoors every day with joyful, purposeful engagement through the arts and hands-on projects.
A beautifully warm environment and a delicious lunch program cited by internationally reknown chef, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution and awarded the Kiwi Crusaders Award for Healthy Lunches, make AWS students not only love learning, but also love school.

School Overview

School Type Waldorf School
School Membership(s)School Assoc. Association of Waldorf Schools of North America
New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS)
Religious Affiliation Non-sectarian
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded 1991

Student Body

Total Students 238 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 29%
Students by Grade Aurora Waldorf School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 17 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 14:1
National avg.: 13:1

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Admissions Director Jane Ried


Total Sports Offered 10 sports
Sports Archery, Basketball, Cross Country, Gymnastics, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, VolleyballArcheryBasketball,
Cross CountryGymnastics,
TennisTrack and Field,
Ultimate FrisbeeVolleyball,

School Notes:

  • Whole child education: artistic, intellectual, practical and moral
  • Fosters critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Developmentally appropriate curriculum
  • Hands-on, experiential learning
  • Cooperative learning and teamwork are encouraged
  • Class teachers stay with the children through multiple grades, developing strong relationships with each child and parent

Profile last updated: 09/18/2015

Nearby Private Schools:

The nearest high school is West Seneca Christian School (8.3 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is East Aurora Montessori School (4.7 miles away)
The nearest preschool is East Aurora Montessori School (4.7 miles away)
All Schools High Schools Elementary Schools Preschools Public Schools
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • East Aurora
    Grades: NS-K | 51 students
    4.7 miles
    46 Grey Street
    East Aurora, NY 14052
  • East Aurora
    Grades: KG-8 | 213 students
    4.9 miles
    510 Oakwood Ave
    East Aurora, NY 14052
  • Orchard Park
    Grades: PK-8 | 234 students
    5.2 miles
    4414 S Buffalo St
    Orchard Park, NY 14127
  • Orchard Park
    St Bernadette School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: PK-8 | 190 students
    6.4 miles
    5890 S Abbott Rd
    Orchard Park, NY 14127
  • Orchard Park
    St John Vianney School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: PK-8 | 179 students
    7.4 miles
    2950 Southwestern Blvd
    Orchard Park, NY 14127

School Reviews

AWS is simply the best education in the Western New York area. Freedom from standardized testing, acres of land (creek and meadow included!), incredibly dedicated and talented teachers, truly wonderful families, an amazing lunch program and a city bus (!) with a rock-solid, rigorous and incredibly challenging pedagogy that will forever change that way you look at education. Our children are thriving. Yours can too.
- Posted by Parent, 07/24/15

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