Denver Waldorf School

  • Founded on Rudolf Steiner’s humanitarian curriculum, The Denver Waldorf School awakens and inspires students’ critical thinking, emotional intelligence and artistic expression, preparing them to bring relevant contributions to the world.

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School Overview

School TypeSchool with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Association of Waldorf Schools of North America
Association of Colorado Independent Schools (ACIS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-12
Year Founded1974

Student Body

Total Students380 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade Denver Waldorf School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers28 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio14:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size25 students
Average SAT score1270
Average ACT score24
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$12,500
Tuition NotesTuition varies from pre/k - high school
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorLeigh Rhysling


Total Sports Offered4 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Ultimate Frisbee, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,
Ultimate FrisbeeVolleyball,

School Notes

  • The Waldorf approach works with human nature and recognizes that capacities emerge in students at fairly predictable stages, while also allowing room for individual rates of maturation. This appreciation for the metamorphosis of comprehension underlies both the organization of the curriculum itself and the changing methods of teaching throughout the grades.For the Waldorf student, music, dance and theater, writing, literature, legends and myths are not simply subjects to be read about, ingested and tested — they are experienced. Through these experiences, Waldorf students cultivate a lifelong love of learning as well as the intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual capacities to be individuals certain of their paths and to be of service to the world. Waldorf teachers strive to transform education into an art that educates the whole child: The heart and the hands, as well as the head.
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Denver
    Grades: PK-12 | 265 students
    16.4 miles
    12000 Zuni Street
    Denver, CO 80234
    16.4 PK-12
  • Denver
    Ricks Center for Gifted Children
    Ricks Center for Gifted Children Photo - Ricks Center students visit the DU Engineering Lab
    Special Program Emphasis
    Grades: NS-8 | 236 students
    1.7 miles
    2040 South York Street
    Denver, CO 80208
    1.7 NS-8
  • Denver
    A Child's Touch
    Daycare / Preschool (Christian)
    Grades: PK-K | 91 students
    12.7 miles
    9141 Poze Blvd
    Denver, CO 80229
    12.7 PK-K
  • Denver
    Grades: NS-8 | 143 students
    11.1 miles
    2341 E 78th Ave
    Denver, CO 80229
    11.1 NS-8
  • Denver
    Grades: 9-12 | 365 students
    6 miles
    458 Uinta Way
    Denver, CO 80230
    6 9-12

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (6 reviews)
This as an incredible school. The philosophy hits the critical areas to develop the whole of the kids rather than just teaching to a test. Problem solving, collaboration, creativity are all ingrained and intertwined in what and how the kids learn. I don't think I could be providing a better education for my 3 kids.
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We have three kids at the Denver Waldorf School and so far have been really happy with the education our kids are receiving. It's a humanitarian curriculum with a broad range of subjects, not just academics. It's an exciting way to learn and our kids love school, which is so important to us! We don't want them to think that learning is a chore. I have had moments when I've worried about whether or not the academics are rigorous enough, because our eldest child is gifted, and he sometimes complains about being bored in the more academic subjects, but he has the opportunity to become more well-rounded. We appreciate that, because he's going to cultivate his own gifts naturally, but he's not going to seek out the experiences that are hard for him, but ultimately balancing and character building. Also, I think he's more tolerant of others' varied abilities, because no subject is valued above another. Every gets to shine at something. I don't worry about him not being "pushed" to excel anymore, and I have not doubt that he'll be prepared for whatever he wants to do in life.
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The quality of teachers at DWS are unmatched in the way they attend to their students and their lessons. All information is taught in a very living and relevant way, based on where a class is in their development. Children in the ECE are taught through doing and imitation, the grades are taught through their feeling life with emphasis on beauty, art, story and rich language, for this is what speaks to them at this age. It is in the middle school and high school that information is taught to their intellect, when they are living in their thinking. By approaching education this way, children find the joy in learning and do not experience stress and burnout because they are being asked to do work with which they do not feel connected. The teachers are not only great educators, but the most outstanding human beings with whom I've ever been acquainted.
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Amazing way to navigate middle school without drama, with kindness. Academic standards exceptional.
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We started our daughter at Denver Waldorf School in sixth grade. She came from a Douglas County public school. She was at the top of her class when we switched schools. It was the best change we ever made. Our daughter is learning with greater depth, she is more challenged, and her education now not only includes traditional academics but it is enriched with woodwork, Spanish, and handwork. Her teacher knows each student well and knows his or her strengths and weaknesses. He is able to shore up each student's weaknesses while encouraging and strengthening the areas he or she excels in.
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Love this school. My children (twins) just got accepted to Stanford, and I could not be more happy with the education that they were given at DWS.
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The average private school tuition in Denver, CO is $10,600 for elementary schools and $10,317 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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