Aurora Waldorf School

  • 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 TypeSchool with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Association of Waldorf Schools of North America
New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded1991

Student Body

Total Students170 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 29%
Students by Grade Aurora Waldorf School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers16 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio11:1
National avg.: 13:1

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Admissions DirectorJane Ried


Total Sports Offered10 sports
SportsArchery, 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
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • East Aurora
    Grades: PK-K | 44 students
    4.7 miles
    46 Grey Street
    East Aurora, NY 14052
    (716) 652-5092
    4.7 PK-K
  • Albany
    Grades: NS-12 | 361 students
    248.3 miles
    135-140 Academy Road
    Albany, NY 12208
    (518) 429-2300
    248.3 NS-12
  • Ardsley
    Lyceum Kennedy
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    Special Program Emphasis
    Grades: PK-5 | 18 students
    275.3 miles
    One Cross Road
    Ardsley, NY 10502
    (914) 479-0722
    275.3 PK-5
  • Bedford
    Grades: PK-9 | 443 students
    277.4 miles
    439 Cantitoe St
    Bedford, NY 10506
    (914) 244-1296
    277.4 PK-9
  • Bronx
    Grades: PK-8 | 289 students
    278.3 miles
    801 Bartholdi Street
    Bronx, NY 10467
    (718) 944-0958
    278.3 PK-8

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
We have been so happy at AWS! We live in the city of Buffalo, but our children take the bus the school provides that. It is worth the distance—the campus is beautiful and there's no other school in Buffalo where they would be immersed in nature. The value of the education for the investment couldn't be better. The teachers are empathetic, and we've enjoyed becoming a part of a supportive parent community. I would recommend AWS wholeheartedly!
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In an age where education institutions are so incredibly focused on quantity over quality and where rampant bureaucracy reigns supreme, Waldorf is an exception. Simply put, children leave this school with the ability and desire to learn, they do not leave with a head full of "stuff" and an anxious disdain for education. The professionalism and dedication I've witnessed at this school is unrivaled. For the educators and staff at this school, it is not a job, it is a vocation and that is glaringly apparent to me on a daily basis and is reflected in the success of graduates over its 25 year existence. I have had the unique experience of being the spouse of a Waldorf teacher and now the parent of two Waldorf students. I have watched my wife's students take flight as babies in first grade to become successful, bright, funny, caring and responsible young men and women. Now, I see the benefits of this education firsthand as a parent. I couldn't imagine my children being in any other school and I appreciate every day the foundation of learning that is being constructed in their character and look forward to their success and growth. The world needs more Waldorf students, bright young, creative stewards!
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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.
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