Bright Water Waldorf School

5.00 5 1 (1 review)
1501 10th Avenue E Ste 100
Seattle, WA 98102
Tel: (206)624-6176
  • Bright Water Waldorf School was founded in 1998 out of a desire for greater access to Waldorf education in Seattle.
  • Waldorf education is based on a deep understanding of the needs of the growing child and the maturing adolescent.
  • Through a rich curriculum and innovative teaching methods, Waldorf education addresses the whole child, working to develop clarity in thought, balance in feeling and initiative in action.
  • Our students receive much individual attention and guidance.  Faculty members work closely with students, helping them to learn academic discipline and responsibility and teaching them to work independently.
  • The social life of our school is lively and warm, and students thrive in a caring community of teachers and peers.
  • The inherent security they experience in a Waldorf school enables students to look to the future with confidence; the bonds they form often last for a life time.
  • Bright Water Waldorf School offers Preschool through Grade Eight and Parent and Toddler classes.

School Overview

School TypeSchool with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Association of Waldorf Schools of North America
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America
NWAIS (Northwest Association of Independent Schools
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-8
Year Founded1998

Student Body

Total Students184 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
20%
State avg.: 27%
Students by GradeBright Water Waldorf   School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers16 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio12:1
National avg.: 13:1
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 15 / rolling
Tuition NotesTuition ranges from $7450 to $17,450 for the 2017-18 school year.
% on Financial Aid
24%
Average Financial Aid Grant$40
Acceptance Rate
60%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorDavid Bergler

Sports

Total Sports Offered5 sports
SportsArchery, Basketball, Cross Country, Ultimate Frisbee, VolleyballArcheryBasketball,
Cross CountryUltimate Frisbee,
Volleyball

School Notes

  • Bright Water School was founded in 1998 out of a desire for greater access to Waldorf education in Seattle. Waldorf education is based on a deep understanding of the needs of the growing child and the maturing adolescent. Through a rich curriculum and innovative teaching methods, Waldorf education addresses the whole child, working to develop clarity in thought, balance in feeling and initiative in action. Our students receive much individual attention and guidance. Faculty members work closely with students, helping them to learn academic discipline and responsibility and teaching them to work independently. The social life of our school is lively and warm, and students thrive in a caring community of teachers and peers. The inherent security they experience in a Waldorf school enables students to look to the future with confidence; the bonds they form often last for a life time. Bright Water School offers Preschool through Grade Eight and two Parent and Toddler classes.
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School Reviews

5  9/10/2017
As a parent observing my children, I`ve had the moment that a lot of Waldorf parents have had where we`ve seen the magic. The interactions between the teacher and the students, and student to student, that are informed with respect, affection and tolerance. One senses a harmonious family-living, learning, and working together, and much enjoying itself in the process. Nimble minds and joyful hearts! That`s what comes to mind when I describe the children at BWWS. If they don`t know the answer, they are very comfortable in a personal belief that they will eventually figure it out. They feel their bodies can climb any tree, and that their hands can create whatever they put their minds to. When the weight of the wrong pressure at the wrong time is lifted, the real child is able to emerge and flourish. I`ve over heard one of the teachers say-"they aren`t afraid of a blank piece of paper!" You can see it when you look at their faces.The children are happy and fulfilled and inspired as they learn to read and act to music, learn to speak Japanese and Spanish, learn to play a string instrument and brass, learn to enjoy modern history and the renaissance, and learn artful woodworking and embroidery. Waldorf education rigor is gradual as they master cursive writing and creation of their own textbooks. My daughter's stellar K teacher understood what a 4,5 & 6 year old world should be-listening to magical stories with puppet shows, building forts, chopping vegetables for the soup pot, setting tables and pouring tea, dancing and singing with joy. She was learning to work with her hands by sculpting with clay, threading with yarn, painting with water colors, and building structures with wood. Guided by an extremely skilled Waldorf teacher, my daughter was not only washing linens and manipulating beeswax but stopping to smell the roses and witnessing a bird building its nest as her K family got to know every nook of Volunteer park. Total bliss! The invaluable teachers know that what they are doing transcends conventional educational processes, as they beautifully model the Steiner philosophy of schooling the head, hands and heart. This holistic and developmentally appropriate approach provides an exceptional educational experience that not only means so much to all of the families on a daily basis, but becomes a part of who our children are for the rest of their lives. --Grateful Parent
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